We’ve been doing some product photography in Chipping Norton last week for Wine Storage Solutions at their Cotswolds showroom.
We did some work for them last summer as well, so it was nice to be called back to do some more. Their wine cabinets are very impressive, and extremely well made, but they’re a bit of a bugger to photograph.
The glass doors reflect everything. The led lights along the inside of door can’t be seen very well when it’s lit up by our lights. The oak finishing is too light if the bottle’s and internals are exposed correctly. And the LCD display and buttons gets drowned out by the lights. All this means an awful lot of editing. We have to take different photos of the internal led lights, the wood features and the display and then merge these all together. Then we have to edit out any reflections in the glass. It’swell worth it though, as the finished photos look great on the Wine Storage Solutions website.
We’re doing more and more work on location these days, but we still do lots of product photography and website images in the studio.
A lot of e-commerce sites like Amazon insist on plain back ground and have strict guidelines for website images. It also makes a huge difference on businesses websites, having well lit, clean and crisp images. I-phone photos usually just don’t pass muster.
Here’s a few examples of what we’ve been shooting recently.
We do lots of product photography for the Guy Martin Proper website. Lots of hats, t-shirts, books etc. It’s all done in the studio using mannequins and white back grounds, pretty standard stuff that we do for lots of online retailers.
So it was a nice change to go and do some photos with Guy himself at his home in Grimsby. He’s just like you see on TV, a grafter with lots of chat and lots of cups of tea.
We were shooting a new cleaning product, Proper Cleaner by Guy Martin, both stills and video. For the video, he could just talk about it without a stammer or stutter as he washed his bike. No script, no rehearsing, just telling us about it in his own entertaining way.
We did some portraits of him wearing different hats, using the cleaning product, and just some general shots for use on the website. Here’s a few of the shots we came away with.
We really put the Panasonic Toughbook to the test at this commercial photography shoot in Warwickshire and we can safely say that yes it is drop proof, throw proof, smash proof and waterproof!
The brief was to show the functionality of the touch screen, detachable keypad and visibility of the screen in bright sunlight as well as the durability of the device itself.
We had great fun getting these product shots and we suspect, so did our model…
Sylvester Oxford is an online boutique which offers you pretty vintage style accessories. They have an exclusive range of gifts and items for your home. We had already done a first product photography shoot for them a couple of weeks ago but we were more than delighted when Sylvester Oxford contacted us again for a second shoot.
There were roughly about 7 products to be photographed and I was put in charge of this shoot. Ivor helped me set up by placing the lights in a suitable location and lowering the white backdrop. What we did was have two lights pointing at the backdrop on a very high key setting so that the backdrop was flooded in light. We then placed two lights on either side of the product and had them set on a low/medium level so that if the product was white then it wouldn’t start to blend in with the background and not be able to be seen.
The camera settings that I chose were, ISO on 100 and I switched between aperture F11 and F13. I had to take three or four photos of the product from different angles, so what I did was turn the product to its side then zoom in closer on some of its vintage detail and then have a photo with the drawers open. The image taking didn’t take too long but it was the editing that did take a while. This is because firstly I had to convert all the images which were taken as a RAW into a JPEG. I then had to crop all the images to the preferred size and then by using Photoshop, fill in the areas of the photo which weren’t quite white enough. You have to be precise and careful with this as you don’t want to either make the image look too white or accidentally rub out some of the image. After successfully editing the images, I looked back at the work that I produced and was very pleased with the standard of the images and editing. This shoot was very enjoyable and very much a learning curve for me as it’s the first shoot I was in charge of.