Thursday, January 30, 2014

DIY Product Photos

For those of you lovely people that read my blog you may have noticed some changes of late, namely everything's gone a bit whiter. Like the studio clear out I felt it was time to clean up. Now that my focus has shifted more towards the illustration side of things, I needed to place the emphasis more on that side of my output. As part of this overhaul I knew my product photos needed help, previously lack of time was my excuse but no longer. I like taking photos (of people/dogs) and once upon a time I did a photography course in a proper studio and learnt about aperture and shutter speed etc, my issue is I get bored. I did some visual research and made notes on what caught my eye and sketched out some composition ideas. I didn't want to go the all white backdrop route, can't tell you why exactly.

I needed props, or so I thought... I know I'll tie in the subject of the card I'm shooting with an appropriate prop. Organisational disorder ensued, as those familiar with my output know my cards range from food puns to animals, that's a lot of props everything from a microphone to potatoes!

After an hour or so I was back to a simple backdrop and shooting different angles. What I learned from this is you have to take risks and even if something looks great on a tiny screen it doesn't always translate and vice versa. Below are all unedited photos, no cropping or whitening....yet.

All were taken using my Canon 60D and natural daylight only, (read I hate flash) and without a tripod (yes I have one but I'm lazy and the dogs were in the way.)

So after I downloaded my morning's efforts and I really didn't mind some of the prop shots after all.  I think the ones that work have enough visual interest to look editorial. There were some that were overboard but I was trying to do to much, less is more. Still got about another 60 cards to shoot but it's a start, just going to need to make sure they are all cohesive. Feel free to comment below.
Card on a plate, through the viewfinder the white contrast looked good

A lot of wood !
The idea of the card being on display
Shells tie in with the fish theme could be repeated for Crab, again did not think this would work.
Going for the hand sketched angle, hated it at the time but now really like it.
Simple clothes line set up using natural light
A little dull but works.

My not so helpful helpers, bless.


  1. Haha - laughing at your not so helpful helpers! Love how you're experimenting with photo positions. My favorites are the ones in a real-life setting, like the chip card on display, the clothes line and the other one on the sketch book. I think they tell more of a 'story' than photos that are on a plain white background. Blog is looking great btw! HUGS xx

  2. Thanks for reading Emma !...and the feedback, I think there is going to have to be a combo of shots as I don't think I have 60 different set ups in me. I'll start writing a list, very cloudy today so am going to have to wait for some sunshine before taking some more.

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