Posts with tag: "jewellery product photography"

Why should I use professional product photographer's service? Wouldn't be worth for myself to invest  in professional DSLR camera and good lens and take photos myself?

These are the questions that many clients are asking. My answer is: The photographer takes a picture, not a camera.

Keep in mind: Professional Product Photographer is a profession and this occupation is a full time job. Of course you can learn it just like anybody else, but would you do the same with all other professions? You want to fix the car - learn how to become car mechanic, fix your television - learn how to do it,  etc. In each case, you need the tools, knowledge and experience.

With all sophisticated equipment available on the market, measuring exposure will be done by the camera, but in PRO product photography you never set up camera in automatic mode. Professional cameras have been designed to be used in manual mode. It does have automatic mode too, but you'll be surprised what would the difference be between the photograph from point and shoot and pro camera. In many cases point and shoot photographs may look much better than pro.

Here is very common question the people ask me: What kind of camera should I buy to do good pictures? Again the best answer I come up with is comparison to the car purchase:

What kind of car should I buy to drive safely? Of course to some point sophisticated safety features of the car matter, but  main factor is still the driver. Same thing with paint brushes. Does purchasing brand name Rembrandt paint brushes make you a great painter?

In my next article I will explain you what are the most important factors in product photography that contribute to the perfect photograph.

If you have any questions - please contact me

Saturday, May 28, 2016
By Photography by George
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Professional Product Photographer - what can you expect in terms of the quality.

Many clients ask me this - how come your pictures are so clear and crispy?

It is hard to answer this question just in few sentences. Just like answer the question "how to prepare good food"

In product photography - whether it is  furniture, fashion, jewellery, food, architecture, glass, cosmetics, metallic objects photography, etc. you always have the number of factors that affect final result. I'll try to describe few categories.

  1. Studio lighting setting - this is where the process starts. Even in the same group of products you need the change lighting few times depending on the nature of the product.

Couple examples:

  • In jewellery photography depending on the shape, material and surface texture you need to perform substantial changes in lighting.
  • In furniture photography - it depends, whether you shoot white metallic furniture with glass tabletop, or natural wood furniture, or furniture with upholstery
  • In food photography - whether you have packaged food, bottled drinks, or food in transparent containers or else presented on the restaurant table.

More in my next week blog article.

If you need more information about your product photography or a quote for my commercial photography service, please contact me

Tuesday, May 24, 2016
By Photography by George
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I need as much information regarding the product as possible. Pricing in product photography is a complex task.

Prices vary depending on the nature of product (i.e. rounded and shiny objects require special lighting set-ups and can be time consuming in post-production editing).


Here are a few examples:


Jewellery Photography:

Different types of materials and surface textures in jewellery require the use of different lightings in shooting. As well, the shape of the jewellery would also affect the kind of lighting being applied (i.e. rounded vs. sharp-edged).


Glass Photography:

Images for clear glass require much more editing than for glass that are color opaque. Application of lighting techniques and the use of light diffusers/reflectors are also very different for the two types of glasses.


Leather Product Photography:

On the other hand, shooting wallets and handbags does not require sophisticated lighting set-ups. However, staging these products is essential and may require more time (i.e. stuffing the products to obtain the desired shapes, placing the straps, and showing inside part of the bags).


Few more factors that may affect the pricing :


- How often do I have to change light settings and to change backgrounds.

- How long does it take to prepare the product (i.e. changing clothes on mannequins, taking action shots for clothing on live models).

- Size of the object (industrial machinery photography vs. tabletop size object). In the case of heavy objects, we would require assistance to move it, i.e. furniture.

- Staging the object

- Quantity

- Editing in product photography is critical. Postproduction retouching may be simple or complicated (for example, clear glass on white background requires more time). You may also require removing backgrounds - this is another story.

If you need more information, please   contact me