I don’t normally do portraits. But a friend of mine helped me out with some stuff. She’s an executive coach and we did a trade. She is a Certified Presence-Based® Coach and a Myers-Briggs® Type Indicator Certified Practitioner. Be sure to visit her page Kolesar Change for more info on that!
We went out to a local park to do photos of her, her husband, and their three dogs. It was around sunset, you know, golden hour. Her dogs are fairly well trained, so I was able to get a few photos with all of them looking at the camera. But the people in the photos weren’t great. So, a little head swapping had to happen.
We followed a path and found a nice set of rocks for them to sit on. But it was pretty dark. I don’t have a flash large enough to cover all of them, so I had to shoot it a little dark knowing that I would have to fix it later. I replaced her head from a photo that I took right after this one. In that photo, the dogs were on the move. I am sharing the photos taken right before and right after, so you can see how quickly dogs move.
We eventually made our way out by the water. The sun was behind the subject and also disappearing fast. It wasn’t bright enough to do any bouncing either.
Going in to this, I knew that I would have to do some head swapping. But I thought for sure it would be one of the dogs. However, these were good puppers!
I decided to do some tutorials on how I work in Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom. This first one is about the Topaz Adjust plug-in that I use in Photoshop to give my images that little extra. If you enjoy it, please comment and let me know! I also take constructive criticism pretty well!
Working at Katom Restaurant Supplies has allowed me to learn some new things. I have learned a great deal about reflective and transparent surfaces and some interesting ways to shoot and finish them. I’ve learned how to create at least 5 different images of a simple, white bowl. But best of all I’ve had the change to work on food photography.
The Katom blog features a recipe every couple weeks. When we first started shooting these, I had a little trouble figuring out the best way to light them. After experimenting with straight on diffused lighting, I decided that wasn’t going to work for us. So, now I just bounce the strobe off of the ceiling for more even lighting.
The images that I prefer are the ones shot directly from overhead. These give a full view of the food without having to worry too much about the background or setups. Don’t get me wrong, I love to do setups. But too many items in the pic can be distracting and confusing. It’s important to keep it simple.
Images from an angle
I also enjoy shooting the process. I like to show the apples being cut or the food being mixed and prepared. We don’t use them on the blog because we only have so much space.
The best part about shooting the photos for the recipe blog is that I get to eat the props!
Photographing glass creates a unique challenge. Not only are you facing reflection problems, but you also have to worry about what’s behind the product. Many times, the final images need to be placed on a background other than white. The same applies for items with lots of small holes, like the wire basket.
You can’t always control the environment when shooting commercial product photography. This image was shot in a white tent inside a large warehouse. As you can see the wrinkles and imperfects show through the transparent top.
This basket was shot on top of a cart in a large warehouse. We were at the manufacturer, shooting larger items, when they said they needed a shot of the fry basket. We grabbed a cart and placed a white tarp over it.
Glass everywhere on this one. We also shot this in the manufacturer’s warehouse. For the background we used a white tarp. Look at all those wrinkles!
It’s great to say we should get it right in camera. But that isn’t always on option. It’s important to have someone that knows about post processing for difficult items such as these.
When you have a large quantity of the same item only in different colors, it’s expensive and time consuming to photograph each and every one them. The most efficient option to simply photograph 1 and change the colors. At Popek Studios, we are experts at color shifts and color matching. Even items in place or in use can be fixed.
As an artist and commercial photographer, projects tend to become a little bit of both. When considering a product, I like to think about how I would address the images as an artist. While, white background images are a necessity, it’s important to remember it’s all about catching the eye.
While this was a personal project, I try to apply my creative, artistic sense to all of my work. You have a product that needs attention. I am here to help you! Contact me today for all of your commercial photography needs.