Category Archives: product photography

Just in time

Sometimes events can come together in unexpected ways. Following a studio lighting course  I did with a furniture company director things developed in a way that has been mutually beneficial to both of us. The furniture man was a keen photographer who was keen to lean more about lighting. He had some underused space in his factory that he wanted to utilise more efficiently as a small studio where work in progress could be photographed. Sometimes he was simply too busy running the factory to set a day aside for a shoot so I ended up doing the work for him. One of the photographs is illustrated here.

Armchair manufactured ny Greengate Furnitur

Greengate Furniture chair

 

Get it right!

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A simple photo of my much loved camera used on Ebay to advertise that it is for sale. Dramatic lighting is unnecessary as its main function is to show potential buyers exactly what they will get should they win the auction. This is a colour digital photograph (Look carefully and you should see some red triangles and numbers on the lens barrel) that has completely neutral tones. If this doesnt appear to be the case it might be that your colour monitor is incorrectly adjusted.

The camera sold for a good price.

De Stijl Reitveld chair photo

I have a lot of experience photographing furniture, antiques, and art objects of various kinds. One of my short course lighting students was also the MD of a furniture company and a very keen photographer. He had a space that was under used in his factory that was just large enough to photograph most  of the things that were made there.  They were fairly large pieces of furniture:arm chairs and three or four seater settees designed for hotel use. I made a factory visit to test the practicality of using the space (it was just large enough) and did some test lighting and exposures.

An unexpected important sales enquiry created an urgent need for a set of high quality photographs of a range of upholstery work. Day to day business pressures prevented the director from doing the work himself so a quick phone call got me involved and the photographs were taken and processed by the end of the week. What started as a one day introduction to studio lighting for his product range developed into an actual studio in the factory and another job for me.

Photography always takes a lot more time than most people think. There are very few short cuts. Automatic cameras have an unfortunate way of not providing the goods when pictures are  viewed in a ver sepecific way.

An open letter to Sam about colour problems on websites

Dear Sam,

Thanks for an enjoyable day helping you sort out better ways of photographing cake decorations for use on your employers website.
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Using studio Flash:turorial for lighting course.

One light + reflector

For the second lesson, for my lighting course students, lets still keep things very simple and only use one of the flash units again.

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White paper product photography lighting problem

Photographing white paper.

I get a number of interesting requests for help with photo projects that grow out of the one day short courses that I run in my studio. Many of my customers run small Internet businesses of one form or another. This problem came from a man who was well informed about the technical aspects of photography and had set up a website to sell high quality sheets of paper suitable for use by artists, craft workers, and designers.

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