Specialist Studio Practice 3 – Cut Outs


Practice for external job (product shots)
Practice for portfolio images (career choice)

Looking at how to light products (continuous lighting, white light, LED)
White backgrounds
Positioning products upon mannequins/dummies properly
Using Pen Tool to cut out
Quality of packshots

The aim of this shoot was to understand how to photograph products upon a torso. Focusing on how to position the product correctly, showing all the information that needs to be visible and making it look wearable. This means focusing on the minor details like making sure gaps between arms are equal and tags and bits of the material are visible. As well as this you must make sure you’re background it lit equally and is also as white as you can possibly get it. Following on from this you then need to light your product, making sure there is no light spilling behind the product on to the clothing (which has unfortunately happened in this case, just need to add more distance between background and torso) and finally cutting out the product to a high standard to show the final image.

This was my first time photographing on a torso. I found it difficult to photograph some products compared to others due to not having a full mannequin body. However this meant problem solving and adding in replacement arms. Now I have done this however i feel that I will be able to produce high standard pack shots with more practice no matter what I have to photograph the products on.

I enjoyed using continuous lighting for this set up. I found it easier to use due to seeing what is lit up in front of your eyes is exactly what is lit up in camera, which saves time and makes sure you are accurate. As well as this I preferred the white light affect rather than the orange tinge of flash. I find this the best lighting option for clothing especially if you have a large amount of products to photograph. It is the lighting i would like to use when i photograph for cheeky sew and sew.

I still need more practice with the pen tool. I feel comfortable using the pen tool i just need practice on slightly more precision with slight elements within my cut outs. The one below is done on my laptop at home. There are a few areas on the edges and corners which need more care taken with. I want to test using a Mac to do these cut outs and see if it’s easier to use the tool on a computer designed for editing rather than document work.


I want to be working within  fashion photography so I need to improve my skills within product photography. I am going to continue to practice shooting a various range of products to show I understand lighting and positioning products as well as cutting them out afterwards. So that I become comfortable and confident that I can photograph any type of product.


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Olivia Bates

My aim is to delve in to the alliance between fashion and people so I can explore the link between the subjects in order to communicate my image I have the ability to approach any difficult situation and solve any problems to find resolutions in order to work efficiently. I can manage situations, communicate honestly and have a trustworthy manner as I am expressive and take no nonsense which allows me to get the job done. Please contact me at; livbates93@gmail.com and visit my website; www.oliviabatesphotography.foliohd.com

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