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.
Simply Feet, one of our product photography clients, asked us to shoot their Winter and Autumn collection of footwear back in the summer. It was easy enough to make things look wintery in the summer, coat, hat, scarf etc. We fulfilled the brief and got a great selection of shots for their catalogue.
But now, in January, we are photographing their Spring/Summer collection. First thoughts were to have a beach or marina setting, maybe Bournemouth, or somewhere similar on the south coast. But it’s so damn cold and wet this time of year. Nothing for it, but to head for sunnier climes. So off we went to Clap in Spain, with 80 pairs of shoes and 2 models.
It wasn’t as warm as we had hoped, but it was dry and sunny, which was good enough for us. So, after four days hard work, we got all the footwear shot in a variety of locations. We’re now looking forward to seeing them in print in Simply Feet’s new catalogue.
Wonders Of Wood have an amazing range of products. All of their products are hand carved from roots and stumps of trees from craftsmen in Indonesia. Their products include fruit bowls and animal sculptures and everything in between.
We’ve done quite a bit of product photography for them in the past, mostly on plain white back grounds. This time we decided to get some more lifestyle type shots. Hunt Bespoke Kitchens have a beautiful showroom just down the road from our studio. The owner, Teresa, very kindly let us use it this afternoon for a photo session. It proved to be a perfect back drop for these beautiful wooden pieces.
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.