Occasionally I get to photograph items that are too valuable to bring to my studio, so instead I bring my studio to the client - in this case I was photographing an entire collection of Chinese antiques before they were sent off to a museum. I don't like to even think how much the collection is worth but I made extra sure none of my equipment was in any danger of falling over and breaking anything!!!
There's a lot more going on with this set than you can see here but believe me when I say shooting watches is probably an even bigger challenge than shooting jewellery! Very happy with the shots though and can't wait to shoot more like this (so it's a very good idea I took detailed notes on how to put the set back together!)
As I've said before I'm very pleased with the diversity of my client base so it's with great pride I can finally say I've even shot the kitchen sink! Thanks to all the experience I have shooting super shiny items like jewellery and ski goggles I already had a very good idea how I was going to light the sinks and taps and both myself and (probably more importantly) the client are very happy with the shots. We had a few dozen sinks and taps to shoot that day and I'm lucky enough to have a studio large enough to be able to house fairly large setups like these and still have plenty of room to be able to store, pack and unpack the products while shooting them.
And this time in colour! I'm very proud to say the vast majority of my clients are repeat customers and it's always a good sign that a client is happy with your work when they come back for more! It was great to have these beautiful machines back in the studio and get to make them look awesome again
Lots of lovely jewellery in the studio today for Joanne Tinley. I really enjoy shooting jewellery - each piece is different so needs to be lit in its own unique way so involves massive amounts of diffusion screens, focused lights and silver card... Which is just my kinda thing, really!
Half the challenge to product photography is holding things exactly where you need them and to do this I've accumulated a large collection of various clamps, stands and grips. Some of them are genuine photographic products, some of them are from B&Q but all of them are useful in their own ways.
I really love the diversity of my clients - this client manufactures springs and wire forms. This shot is of the wire frame of a car seat which I think is pretty cool! Got the opportunity to shoot around their factory then take some of the freshly made items back to the studio for a product shoot.
Love putting a set like this together - just outside the frame you can see the chaos and clamps and stands holding everything together! I like to make sure my shots are very clean and tidy even when my studio is definitely not!
I try not to use Photoshop too much - if I can take a little longer to get the shot in camera without having to retouch it after then that time is very well spent, but photoshop is absolutely essential for retouching out the inevitable dust and scratches a product will pick up on the way to the studio!