Now that things have slowed down for the summer and before the holiday cycle, I finally have time to fix the website. Last year during the holiday crunch my old web host decided to upgrade the server os which had the net effect of destroying my Wordpress built website. My new host specializes in Wordpress but without the added fee schedule of many of the other hosts. Add-ons like templates and plug-ins are all included at one reasonable fee. Check out the progress at ProdPhoto.com the pages are in flux so things are changing on a daily basis. On another note, I had a chance to work with some Waterford crystal for an eBay listing. A small job but fun to do. Unlike most product photos, this was a group shot of 12 pieces instead of the usual single hero shot.
Hero shot by the dozen.
I do small runs of product for many auction sites. Do you have a single item that is rare or valuable and want to maximize your selling price? Call or email me so we can discuss your options.
The new season for #Product #Photography is in full swing and Summer is hitting Florida with what promises to be a real scorcher making outside work almost impossible. Thanks to careful lighting, special props and backgrounds I can bring the outdoors to any small product shoot.
Hero shot of a cold process coffee maker.
Strobes replicate light from open shade giving soft pleasant shadows along with a few specular reflections of the outdoor area. A color print of a garden hedge lit with a separate light and slightly over-exposed completes the outdoor effect.
Here is the same product on the same table but with different lighting and on a white sweep.
I just completed a project for Rebecca Daoud founder of Courage Cube. She has suffered from chronic illness since age 29, read her story on her website at https://goo.gl/y5mDi3 (couragecube.com). Here are some of the product proofs done on white sweep. If you know a person or have a family member suffering from an illness, consider these gifts to support them.
Close ups of some of the included gifts.
Complete gift sets.
Basic catalog photos on white sweep that will be easy to knock out later for use on Amazon or mixed media advertising.
November has been a busy month for product photography. With Christmas right around the corner it's been a mixed bag of Amazon work and some specialty work. I have been doing quite a bit with clipping paths for custom ads and other uses.
Clipping paths "knock out" the background allowing the graphic artist to use special colors or images with the photo.
Here I inserted a black background.
Here a white background.
Here the product is left on the original white sweep.
Clipping masks do add a considerable cost to processing as I spend about an hour or two to take each image element away from its backdrop the more complex the image the more time involved.
When should you consider a clipped image? If your image will be printed on different colors like a coffee mug or a shirt; will be used in several different media like a printed ad or banner graphic with other graphic elements applied. I quote each project on an individual basis so fees do vary from image to image. Contact me through my website at www.ProdPhoto.com for more information or to request free quote.
Part of the challenge in product photography which seems less critical in other types of photography is getting the colors spot-on. Using color control software, color balanced lighting, calibrated monitors and camera gear can get you pretty close, but, sometimes you just have to physically match the resulting photos to the product. The following set were a battle because even a slight contrast change threw color accuracy out the window.
Light pastels can cause color control software
to try to boost the contrast to seperate the light tints
from the white elements increasing color saturation
and color shift.
Here the hardest color to render correctly in JPG is usually full
I always guarantee correct color rendering in a given color space. Sometimes a brief discussion on color theory and monitor calibration with the client is necessary to explain why colors look different on their phone's screen from their desktop computer. More on color calibration here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Color_calibration
Having trouble deciding weather to out-source or in-house your product photography?
I have run into group of marketing articles which convey the importance of quality product photos rather than attempt to rewrite the information I thought I would just re-publish the links here. The message is, without fail, use the best quality photos you can be it DYI or commissioned from a professional. Enjoy...