For the most part industrial photography is not very glamorous, but, at the same time it can be artistic. The way we see it is how architectural photography is so inspiring, with the sharp angles and contrast against itself or the sky, industrial products can also have that feel.
Photography of industrial products is interesting and valuable to us as photographers. A few reasons for that, the first being lighting techniques. As professional product photographers know shooting a black object against a white background is always a lighting challenge. Not just the exposure, but getting details of the product you are photographing. Not to overexpose, or you will lose detail and blow it out, or underexpose which hides details. This is where using a light meter is invaluable. Whether is’s location photography or in our studio for catalog online/web or print, we can work together to make some pretty awesome images for your marketing projects.
So three cheers for industrial products, and the people and places they are made!
Honestly written by,
Susan Bruno | Our Studio Productions | 1737 E. 2nd Street | Scotch Plains, NJ | 908.276.2229
The end of the week, albeit a short one. A busy one for us too. Photographing products like: Furniture, jewelry and apparel. Every day is different, every day is good. Even when we are not actually shooting, we have loads to do. Files!! Image files are huge these days. Organizing our jobs in folders, and images in individual folders for easy retrieval. Part of a job on any photography project is also the post work. If you do it yourself or hire out (Which we do not do) someone to do it. Time not many of our clients really understand as being part of the billable time.
Being a photographer is much more than being the photographer. Most of all if you have a small business like ours. The wearer of many hats. Some we wear well and others not as much.
We photograph with a Hasselblad camera and a Hasselblad digital back. The digital back’s files are HUGE. Try 80 megabytes. Hmm, yes they can be an issue of storage and manipulation. Load up the memory for these gorgeous files. Our quality is outrageously intricate, and sometimes downright intense. Always though a good thing. Especially, when photographing , well just about everything come to think of it.
Products are all kinds of things. Like for instance mushrooms! Or, fabrics, surgical screws, ice cream, noodles…
Whatever it is we are shooting we just love it. Photography is not an easy business to be in, especially now, but here we are and here we are to stay.
As a commercial photography studio we get asked to photograph all kinds of things. We photograph things like: Jewelry, tabletop place settings, packaging, stuffed animals, furniture blah, blah. Yes, many different kinds of ‘things’ otherwise known to us as, products. Products photographed for catalogs, websites and of course print.
Product photography incorporates studio pharmaceutical to on location photography of again all kinds of products. Can we specialize? Sure, but honestly, it’s a rare bird now a days. With in ‘house photography’ in so many corporations now, and advertising agencies we didn’t want to close the doors to other opportunities for us.
Once upon a time, we photographed mostly only food. Cooked and uncooked food photography, and raw ingredients, but then when we were asked to photograph tableware, it was a natural transition. Likewise, rugs to furniture. Or both for some customers in one shot. Lifestyle photography is very important especially now with online shopping. Giving the customer a sense of what your product will look like on their table at home, or on them.
Click on the link below to see a few photographs of our work of furniture, rugs and accessories.
Lifestyle photography is one of the most creative photo shoots in the realm of lighting. These two images are shot without any ambient light, just strobes. While sometimes we do use natural light on occasion, it’s mostly as a mood setting element. Just enough to bring in a feeling. Most importantly photographing tableware is about the pieces, but for lifestyle it’s more about the mood that the tableware can bring. Something warm and sometimes sexy.
Our Scotch Plains photo studio has great window light when we need it, and light blocking curtains when we don’t. Which is 95% of the time.
Commercial photography for us is packaging, retail displays, catalog and web. We have recently finished a rather exciting packaging project for tableware and online catalog and print pieces. Next blog I’ll post a few flat art samples.
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All products are not the same, especially as far as photographing them go. At least photographing them. Product photography is not for the faint of heart. It can be a daunting task for the inexperienced. And, sometimes even for the experienced.
As most pros know, lighting our product is number 1. How are we going to achieve the most important aspect of our shoot, lighting. Not window lighting, not in a cube lighting, but professional flash/strobe lighting. The product is the star here, or as people in our field call it, the hero. Our hero can be a can of corn (Which incidentally is where we started out. I’ll save that for later), or the hero can be a highly reflective product, such as jewelry or metal serving pieces. The approach to these types of items needs to be a carefully designed one.
It is not 1-2-3. I can’t tell you how many times, we hear a client say, “Just throw it in, and shoot it.” Hmm, not so much. Some pieces just need a soft touch, because they move. Not a lot of fun photographing products, like dangly earrings or anything else supported, perhaps by clear wire. It takes time for them to settle down and behave. Furthermore, we don’t want to see ourselves in the reflection. Or sometimes we do, just for fun. 🙂
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Our Studio Productions Photography . 1737 E. 2nd Street . Scotch Plains . NJ . 07076 . 908.276.2229
Photography of jewelry is sometimes an art unto itself. Estate sale, or photography simply for insurance protection of your jewelry collection is extremely important. Whether you are planning on just getting jewelry photography for record keeping, selling or photography of your art and jewelry for inheritance reasons; is undoubtedly vitally important.
We know your pieces are often sentimental and valuable to your heart and family. If you should need our services, we offer our photography here in Scotch Plains, in our photo studio. From diamond rings to paintings, Our Studio Productions Photography can provide sharp, clear beautiful photography of your treasures, for whatever reason.
Our commercial photography business has been operating for quite a long time, first in Westfield, then Cranford and now in Scotch Plains, NJ. It is home to us, since we spend a chunk of our time here. Photographing many kinds of products, from pens (Pharmaceutical and writing types) to beds. So I would say we are pretty well versed in product photography, whatever your product may be.
The piece featured above is for sale. I will add a link to the image for contact purposes.
Working in NJ, and being so close to NYC is one of the best benefits of living and working in our area. Yes, it can sometimes seem very crowded, and yes, it actually is jam-packed with people and cars. Commuting back and forth, most of the time seamlessly.
Our photography studio is in an ideal location; Scotch Plains, NJ. A very beautiful historical town, with lots of local restaurants, and easy access to thousands of others. Our Studio Productions moved into Scotch Plains a year and a half ago. Before that we were located in another historic town, Cranford. Our commercial photography business finds itself in a great location, serving many different clients from NJ and NYC. It’s so easy to travel to our studio, and if I do say so myself, worth it. 🙂
One of our apparel clients walked in today to discuss an upcoming project and was stunned by the change in our studio. A completely different set up, and boy, do we move things around in here. Depending on what it is we are shooting, carpets, jewelry, stemware, restaurant ware, furniture, maps, ice cream…we need to move around. Sometimes, 3 to 4 sets at once. It can get crowded in here too, but it flows.