I love working as a product photographer. My last product photography client was the start-up company Bay&Box in South London. Box&Bay sell beautiful pots, boxes and vases for your garden and windowsill. Their headquarters and warehouse is in South London, which is where this product photography shoot took place.
I brought almost my entire mobile kit including my product photography table, back drops, five flash guns and remote triggers, three soft boxes and bag full of batteries.
The marketing manager of Bay&Box was showing me all the products I needed to shoot. As a product photographer I have to organise the shoot in order to make absolutely sure every product is shot in every colour and every size and always from same angles. I had a long shot list to complete. In order to shoot each product from the same angle I made little marks on the photography table with transparent tape.
After I had shot all of the empty products the marketing team brought me ones with plants and flowers inside. Again I had to shoot these from different angles.
The job of a product photographer is not finished after the shoot. Post-production is an essential part of any digital photography (like wedding photography, or portraiture). In Photoshop I enhanced the colours, contrast and sharpness of each photo. Also – and this is the most painful part for a product photographer – all of the background (literally anything that is not part of the product) needed to be cut out. This can be quite a lot of work, especially for photos with plants with small leaves.
Web shops typically display square images. This meant I had to crop and reframe all photos to a square format. My camera shoots 22 mega pixels, which means a single full resolution jpeg file can easily be over 20mb.
I delivered full resolution (for printing) and web resolution (for the online shop) versions of my photos to my client. It’s such a satisfying feeling (I guess for any product photographer) to browse through an online store looking at your own photos 🙂 .
UPDATE MAY 2016:
I’m really proud to see that these products (and my photos) have been featured on stylist.co.uk !