Small companies, sole traders, and persons trying to establish a web business on a part-time basis will be faced with the problem of learning how to produce product photographs that will look better than the competition. With the proliferation of photographic equipment available traders are sometimes deluded into thinking that the solution will be to purchase product X. Usually the problems are more subtle if really good results are to be consistently achieved.
One to one training courses are the most efficient sort of photographic training. They can take place at the factory, warehouse, or in my studio. It is always better to consult a professional before purchasing expensive equipment that might exceed your needs or abilities.
Courses are also run for amateur photographers who simply want to work in a professional studio on projects that interest them.
New On site training courses £180 per day
I have recently done on-site courses at the following range of companies:-
Toys: A large toy importer who needed help photographing toys for website use. This involved complex photographic problems. As the toys were usually packed in shiny plastic they were very light reflective.
Furniture: Setting up a studio for a furniture manufacturer who needed large pieces of upholstered furniture displayed on white pure backgrounds with naturalistic shadows under them.
Cake decorations: A cake decoration manufacturer having colour balance problems that detracted from his products. Poor colour rendition in website pictures
Portraits: A portrait photographer who wanted to have a practise day using a large strip soft box.
Phones: A phone case retailer who needed website pictures of his products that changed very frequently.
Mrs X was given an expensive camera as a present. Although she had a good knowledge of wet photography she had yet to make the change to digital. The camera handbook was largely unreadable jargon. I spent a day working with her in order to make the camera comprehensible. Without the course she would have just switched to programme and used the camera like a £80 point and shoot model.Click this link to find out more....
Work for a manufacturer of high quality uphlostery.
Small companies often need help getting the right quality of photographs that look professional enough for use on their website. This is more dependent on skill in lighting rather than the quality of camera used. Depending on the type of product sold a range of solutions is possible. On site photography using a temporary studio, ship the products to my studio for more advanced work, or help and advice for doing the photography yourself.
Web catalogue photographs for a firm that supplies coffee making equipment to hotels and the catering industry. Lots of difficultreflecttionsfrom a chromedmachine
Clay cake decorations. The retailer had problems getting good colour renditions and sharp images.
Photography of contemporary art and craftwork. The neckpiece appears to float in space.
Antique silver always presents many technical challenges. Even inexpensive goods, simply wrapped in cellophane, can be just as difficult. They still reflect the glossy surface in the flash lights.
If you have some photographic knowledge and understand about depth of field, ISO, and work with the manual settings on your DSLR you can have a very enjoyable day learning about studio lighting. You can bring your own model and try out a wide range of lighting effects. The really good thing is the teaching is always one to one so you get the attention necessary to really learn the basics. Fundamentals, like exposure ratios and the correct way to use a flash meters are always carefully explained. You can even bring your own lights to try out.Click here for the best course
Imagine having access to space, equipment, and know how for the ideas you have always wanted to work on. Click here for more info
The studio is conveniently position a short drive from Exit 5 on the M40 Motorway. Oxford, Reading and west London are only 40 mins away. Birmingham and the west midlands only 90mins. See the Contact page for further information.
More information on some of these shoots can be found in the Blog.