External Job – Cheeky Sew and Sew (Product Photographs)
This job (the client) requires product images of her handmade garments (various products – clothes – belts – Ipad covers) for her website. We are providing the client with full size and web sized files (unpaid job, but credited). I worked on this job within a group, I have focused on the product photographs.
Within the studio (2 of us) used a large cover and smaller cove to photograph the products upon. We evenly lit the backdrop and used a large light source to light the products, we added in large white reflectors at either side to add detail to the side of the products (photographed upon a mannequin). We used Cannon camera software and Capture One throughout this shoot.
Overall we are happy with the outcome of the images. Looking at the unedited files (below) all the images have a strong consistency (which will sit well next to each other upon website page). The products themselves are easy to look at (good for consumer). We are going to edit these pictures using the colour range processes (used in previous jobs, worked efficiently) the backgrounds need tidying up and making pure white.
This has being a great learning experience for myself as it is the first time i have photographed clothing, i have learnt how to light the products and the best way to photograph them (using the software we used). I am now aware that due to creases which develop within the clothes you may need a steamer on hand (however in this case – handmade garments and didn’t have permission from client – managed to photograph as little creases as possible). Fortunately due to previous jobs i have done i am confident that the editing for this job will be much for efficient.
External Job – The Great British Deli (Product Shots)
Joyce Neil, owner of The Great British Deli, was referred to me through owner of Cheeky sew and sew (another external opportunity). She required product photographs for her website. I invited another photographer, a peer from my studies to help with the job as he has more knowledge within the area due to product shots been his main focus of photography. I have been coordinating with Joyce discussing details and making arrangements.The photographs were taken upon location within the shop itself, there was a misunderstanding with what products we thought we would be photographing however this allowed us to express our professionalism and adapt to the situation. Between us we have edited all the photographs (80+), resized them for web and passed them back on to Joyce. She has paid us a small fee for the work and we are planning to work together in the future.
From this opportunity I have learnt that communication is a key element to working professionally. Knowing exactly what you are photographing, how much you are photographing and the location you are photographing in will keep you organised, efficient and professional on the job. As well as this you must be aware of the job load you have taken on (daily job/processing time/final touches), be realistic with the time scale you can complete the job in.
Practice for external job (product shots)
Practice for portfolio images (career choice)
Looking at how to light products (continuous lighting, white light, LED)
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.