Sometimes photographers just have to have fun, this has nothing to do with product shots, this is just me messing about with water, paint, a couple of fast flashes and the joy of making a mess. Splash photography is not as hard as it looks, it just takes a little practice and some fast flashes.
Isn’t water splash photography a wonderful thing, every time you take a photograph of it it is different you never get 2 shots the same. A company wanted a product shot of a new product to be launched, a water softener. what better way to show it but with a massive water splash. When I finished this shot you would think that my studio had been visited by the fire brigade on a training session.
Well after many many shots of water splashes I put this shot together, I think it just may work.
Green what a great colour, or is it ? I love messing with liquids splashing around and this one is no exception, my studio looked like a swamp by the time I had taken about 100 splash shots just to get the ones I liked and found appropriate for the shot. This is the type of shot that makes product photography lots of fun. It takes a lot of time to do it but when it is finished the results are great.
The first part of this shot is to get a great shot of the bottle with the nice dark gradients showing on the sides, this gives the bottle a 3d look, after that the challenge starts with throwing liquid everywhere and then picking out the best splashes for the effect.
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.
I just love the contrast of the white cream, black background, red strawberry and the green leaves, I just think they go together well.
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.
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.
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 🙂
Product photography one light can it be done. Are you restricted because you do not have enough lights, well here is a one light wonder, totally white background out of the camera to save editing and cutting out, separation between the item and the background as this then shows the item off better and then into photoshop to remove dust and scratches, then boost the contrast.
The setup was a large sheet of polystyrene for the back, you could use paper or a white bed sheet, just make sure it is stretched tight. Then I aimed one light at it and turned it up high, you can determine this if you camera has a highlight alert on it. Then I placed the aerosol that was for the product photography shot onto a clear acrylic sheet, at the front I then added 2 reflectors at the front angled like a funnel (the narrow end nearest the camera, that would catch the bounced light from the back (polystyrene) and reflect it onto the front of the aerosol, the reason for this is that reflected light does not have a tendency to give harsh light on a shiny object, like this aerosol.
I always run on manual so it took 4 shots to get the lighting right with the f stops.
For the technical people.
This was taken with an Hasselblad H2 with 120 mm macro, at f11 shutter speed, 1/125 second, iso 50. Having said that you could do the same kind of shot with any dslr and still get fantastic results.
So the next time you start wondering how on earth you are going to get that shot because you do not have enough lights, have a think on how you can get around it. The answer is normally reflectors. Remember also if you are shooting glossy subject and you are getting blown out white lights, reflect the light. It works