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Strawberries and Cream

Don’t you just love strawberries and cream. Here we have a little fruit photography with high speed flash to get the movement frozen in time. It looks good enough to eat, or maybe not counting how many times I dropped the strawberry on the floor.

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I just love the contrast of the white cream, black background, red strawberry and the green leaves, I just think they go together well.

 

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Liquid Product Shots

Liquid is fascinating, it just looks like a solid item when you are looking at it flowing, but when you stop it in its tracks it just takes on another form. Here are a few that I was messing about with. I just love Liquid Product Shots

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New Pentax

 

  • CMOS Sensor 51.4 MP (43.8×32.8mm)
  • New AF module with 27 AF Points
  • High precision exposure control RGB 86K pixels
  • Quick response (continuous shooting 3fps)
  • Full HD Video

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Now this does look  like some thing that could take pictures with enough pixels to last a lifetime. I wonder what comes next.

Personally I thought the megapixel war was over, I mean, how many do you need. If you were taking photo’s for a web site 6 megapixel is great and will do very good images, but 51 megapixel is just massive and most people would not have a use for it. Having said that I wouldn’t mind having a play with it just to see what it could do, so mr Pentax if you want another independent test on this amazing camera just send one here and I will put it through the product photography initiation. Can it really do better than my Canon or my Hasselblad.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ted Baker Handbag Photography

Now this one I loved to take, this was a Ted Baker handbag that I bought my wife for mothers day and I had to get a photograph of it before she saw it. Have you ever tried to sneak something out of the house without being caught and not looking suspicious. Well I managed it, I put on my dark coat and dark glasses a woolly hat, hid the bag inside my coat and sneaked out to the studio, I did not look obvious honestly.
I wanted to try a photograph with texture on the item so I wanted a good one to try so a Ted Baker handbag was the perfect choice as I think they are very well made.

Moving on to the shot, I decided to do a pure black background just in case at a later date some text might need to be added, the handbag is turned at a slight angle to the camera to show the depth and I used a cream tabletop to enhance the colour of the handbag.

The object of this photograph was to make the shiny parts look shiny like the clasps on the bag, then to make sure the grain of the leather stood out to show the texture and give it a little moody lighting. So after quite a lot of setting up (this is the main part) we have the final result. You will find that if you zoom in close you will be able to see all the grain of the leather and the shiny metal parts. I hope you enjoy this shot as much as I did when I was doing it.

I had to leave the tags on in this shot which i would not normally do because if I had removed them there would have been big trouble. I mean to ask you would you argue with a woman …. not me I am a chicken. 🙂
And my wife never found out, well lucky me 🙂

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Estee Lauder Product shot

Just when you thought that all product photography was the same, I thought it was time to have some fun. You see many product shots that are straight forward, you see product photography that is done with a white or black background for web sites, you see product photographers who will do splash shots. So I wanted to try something different and mess with sand. I wanted to make a mess by throwing same around my studio to see what kind of a product shot I could get.

This was loads of fun and after about 100 sand photography shots and about 60 shots of the products I ended up with this. I have to admit I was very pleased with the results.

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Estée Lauder Product Photography

I saw something like this many moons ago, I cant remember were and thought I would like to try that sometime, so today was the day. This was a 4 light set up, 1 either side, 1 for the background to make it white and a spot with a snoot on to bring out the front of the jar.
With all this setup it was time to do some product photography to happen, but I had to work out how to get this shot and that takes a lot longer than actually taking the shot. In all I thing from idea, then set up, taking the pictures and all the clean up in photoshop it took me about 5 hours, which seems a long time to just do some product photography but I think it is worth it.

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Flower Product Photography

Well I was getting a bit tired with the usual product photography so I thought I would try flower product photography. My wife found this fake rose in a shop and I saved it thinking I will have a go at that later. So this is the “bleeding rose”. I did this by taking a picture of the rose on it’s own on a white background, then I did it again but this time I poured paint onto the rose petals to make it look like the rose was bleeding, I also took some photographs of falling drips and added them to the image to give me the final result. Flower product photography give me a little diversion from what I was normally doing and it made a nice change.

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Footwear Photography

Footwear photography, well I thought I would do a shot of my new pair of shoes before I decided to wreck them by wearing them. What was the thinking behind this shot. Well I wanted to obviously show that they are black, glossy but show the texture of the shoe and I wanted to show the underside of the sole on them, you see part of the attraction of footwear is the sole and we always pick up foot ware and look all around them and look at the underside of the footwear. So when I do footwear photography I like to find all the attractive parts of the footwear and bring them out in a photograph. I always go back to the theory that, the more attractive the photograph the higher price it commands. 

This shot was taken with 3 lights and 2 diffusers either side on a perspex/acrylic surface to give a little reflection as well and one from underneath to light up the sole. That sounds like I am preaching … I will light up your sole…. mmmm not the same thing.

So with some adjustment of the power and positioning of the lights to get smooth gradients on the surface and a spell in photoshop we got this shot. I did it on white background so it could be used on the web or in a magazine, plus this could also have the white background removed and put in another background like the interior of a shoe shop slightly blurred out in.

When you do a perfect white background it is a lot easier to remove the white and add whatever background you wish.

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Watch product photography

Watch product photography, this has all it’s own challenges with a glass watch face that you do not want to get reflections off, a watch face that you want to show all the detail on and also show the colours as in is the second hand a different colour than the rest of the watch hands, is the watch silver or gold as you want it to show the correct colours and you don’t want to get nasty reflections in it, is the watch strap metal, leather this has a texture or is it just plain, all this has to be taken into consideration before doing watch product photography.

Here I did a watch a Sekonda, wasn’t the advert “a lot of watch for a little money” How old am I remembering that, anyway back to the watch, it was a plain strap so no detail from that, second hand is red white markings all around the face, gold finish and glossy on the gold so have to watch out for bad reflections?

So now for the product photography, this is how I did the watch

I surrounded the watch in diffusers then used just 2 spotlights with barn doors so I could alter how the light shape hit the diffusers and give me nice gradients on the gold on the watch.

I also did not want to have just a website shot so no white background. Next I setup for the splashes as these were going to be added afterwards, so there was one spotlight shining on the background with a blue gel over it so I could have blue splashes, I took nearly 100 splashes for me to choose from, then all this was pulled together in photoshop to give me the final result.

I love watch product photography 🙂

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Product photography design

Well the challenge was set we had to do product photography design and print, I had 3 days to get a new logo, design and label for a new product launch that could be shown to potential clients. Now sometimes, you know how it is you get a mental block and noting seems to come together. Luckily this was not one of those days. So we had a brand name “It’s Gone” I thought that was quite catchy, then we had the specification on what the product did. Next we had a bottle on which the label had to go on. So it was down to work with the clock ticking. The brainstorming session started with 3 of the staff and ideas flew all around until we came up with a logo that could be used on many different types of product. Now for the colour scheme, do we make it bright and bold or do we go for subtle and refined, well beings that I am an over excited person we went for bold and in your face, so it would show up on a supermarket shelf at the end of the isle with the lights off. 🙂

The bottle picture was the classic white bottle on white background, so it could be used for the internet or in a catalogue and large enough for good quality print. What I like to do is to get the product to look a smooth and sexy as possible. I like images that you want to touch, I know it sounds weird but that is the only way I can explain it.

So did we make the deadline, but of course, it doesn’t matter about eating food, who needs that, it doesn’t matter about sleep, its over rated, all that matters is get the job started and finished to make the dead line.

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