It’s difficult sourcing images (not impossible) when your shoot times are too and from work. As the days lengthen, opportunities will become greater, but now I have to admit I’m struggling, hence the abrasive use of post production filters. I am not opposed surreptitious use of filters, but I’m old school. I’ve come from a film background, which is the greatest of disciplines. Get it right in camera. Or better yet shoot it how you want it in camera. The original of this images is ok, but not whoohoo! Hence the use of filters. Don’t think any worse of me, lol.
Having just come off a product photography shoot for Charm Caster Creations I was approached by Linda from Designs by Linda Krelle who was looking to get professional looking images to populate her web site. Currently the images on Linda’s site (and Linda is the first to admit this) don’t show her products in the best light – pardon the pun.
We met up first to discuss the project and Linda brought along a collection of her products for me to view. Before we’d met I had hoped we might be going down an in-situ shoot as I’m desperate to do a more magazine type shoot with a couple of models I feel would be great for this type of work; but it was not to be. Linda was charming and obviously very passionate about her work and promoting the web site. It became clear immediately that what Linda needed was clear, quality images which really showed off to the viewer the individuality of each piece and the depth of the products.
As many of Lindas products are glass, I suggested we steer clear of a white background and go for coloured and as many of Linda’s designs are Christmas related I suggest green or red. This works well on two levels; it’s punchy on the page, yet still draws the viewers eye to the product and secondly, it separates Lindas products from other designers and gives them a unique look.
As many of you are aware, for most things I’m a stobist. Which essentially means I light with my Nikon SB800 speed-lights rather than with monoblocs or lamp head powered by a battery or power pack. The main reason for this is connivence and speed. My speed-lights and camera equipment all fit neatly into my Peli soft-case. I have another small bag for my grip equipment and that’s it. It’s not that I’m opposed to shooting with bigger equipment but only if there’s a requirement With jewellery everything is very close up and personal and you don’t need masses of power. I also don’t have a studio anymore, so I shoot on location – in this case Linda’s basement, so a lot of time there isn’t a lot of room as in this case.
The set up I used was an SB800 (camera right) fitted with h a Lumiquest Ultra bounce firing through a diffusion umbrella. This gave a soft curling light which a nice shadow object right, and and SB800 also with an Ultra bounce on, this time firing to the ceiling. Linda was hand to make sure the product faced the right way and check the shots and by the end of the evening we had great images which took another 3-4 hours post production and editing to get sorted.
Linda will be uploading to her web site when she gets back from France but here’s another image for your purusal.