Monthly Archives: September 2011

KXSS – Product Photography Assignment

The Brief –
1 Provide 65 product stock shots for web in colour in front of white background
2 Provide 10 High Resolution Images for Press Releases
3 Provide 5 High Resolution images for poster boards in shop. 2 x double-sided 81cm x 52 cm, 2 x double-sided 52 cm x 52 cm and one single-sided 127cm x 81.65
4 Provide 12 A4 prints for in store display

Project start date 5 September 2011 and completed 30 September 2011

The product started arriving on the 5th and it was a mixture from bottles to socks. The trick to any product shot is good lighting and organisation. Use both and you are bound to get good results. I used a light box made of cotton white translucent material. Lit from above for the key light and the sides for background, 3 lights in all. By marking the centre spot you can align all the products to be shot and make the final cropping an action which can be done as a batch.

As I continued to shoot the product I made sure my two models would be around for the shoot. The models were Joel who I found through Net Model and Gus from Model Mayhem.

Shoot day for the hunks in trunks was attended by the two model’s, the client and myself, with occasional appearances of her indoors when she ironed something. We had 25 changes to get through with both studio and location looks to achieve. Time went well for us and the models understood what was needed of them and we finished by three. Lighting for the studio was with a soft box feathered against the torso, beauty dish high and left and beauty dish low and right allowing for balanced shadows. We would be looking for 2 large prints in black and white, I wanted contrast.

We then finished off the products and we are ready to go.

Here are the results

Chosen for press pack


Too sexy for shop

Too Sexy


The Robe

Photographing Bottles

It was back to being Billy No Mates today as I had a number of bottles of smellies for men to photograph. Always a challenge. I also went to the shop of the client today. 4 large pictures going to be hanging in the windowsso I better be good.

He tells me that he wants to make sure that when I photograph the hunks in trunks that they appeal to women in an edgy way. Now there’s a brief.

Pecksniff's Mistral

Another day in the orchard

We were very lucky with the weather despite being on a hurricane watch.

The theme for the photo-shoot was The Gun Club Collection and so a shot gun was in evidence throughout. Charlie had never held a gun before nor had she been in front of a camera for real. Didn’t she do well?

So Innocent

Photographing jewelry in studio and on location

Yes today I was able to work with a great team, Holly Budge and model Charlie. Charlie had not worked as a model before but shone like a star. We had 12 studio product shots to shoot and as much location work as time and weather would allow. The only lights I used on location was my trusty SB900 and natural sunlight we we were fortunate to have enough of.

Here is a quick clip of the results, hope you enjoy

More Stock Photography

Whenever you are bored why don’t you just go out and find a photograph that tells a story. OK this is is a planned shoot but it was taken for stock potential.

Again my thanks go out to Monika and Raphaella, two models are that an absolute joy to work with. Styling for this shot by Nikita Sablier.

Make your photography pay.

Fun and Frolic

Stock Photography

Always tell a story when you take photographs for stock libraries, you are far more likely to have them accepted. It helps to have a smile too. Raphaella and Monika were very obliging at Studland and we produced a number of successful images. So thanks to both of them.

Girly Giggles

Using Layers and Model Photography

While I wait for the England/ Argentia Rugby match to start I thought I would add another to the Russian Grafitti series. The model is the lovely Miss Pixie and the Grafitti was in Volgograd, Russia. No she has never been there.

Want to know how it was done? Just leave a comment.

While Granny Looks On