Last week we completed two commercial photography shoots for our new client ‘HRS’, they make security systems for airports and for construction sites, building sites etc. They have software products and also a hand scanner, finger print scanner amongst another products to help security at sites where numerous staff are coming in and out of the sites.
I was asked to take studio photography images of there products for our first shoot, I took the staff to the Sheffield photography studio that I use which is in a great area of Sheffield. It is the centre for most of Sheffield’s creative community and is a great place to work from. There is only 3 products to shoot but HRS asked for serval angles of each product, there was some challenging aspects to taking photographs of the hand scanner, the surface area where the hand is placed has a reflective surface which has a rainbox shine which at some angles is overwhelming. To solve this issue I used diffent lighting techniques and picked the best image to use. The final image was a combination of 3 photographs to make up one final image. It does require advanced post-production skills but this is something that we do on a daily basis as commercial photographers.
I hope you liked reading about our commercial photography work, please make requests if you want me to blog about any type of commercial photography and I will get back to you.
For this months update I am showing the latest industrial photography I have been working on. It was for a E-cigarette company in the Northeast called ‘Nictel’. Before the shoot took place I visited the factory and the team that worked on making the products, it was helpful to meet the people I would be working with and have some insight before the day of the photo-shoot.
On this shoot the client asked for stills photography and video, I will be showing my video work later once I have edited a nice showreel of my video production skills.
My aim is to make the factory process look as good as possible, whilst aiming for a photographic style which suits the client and my photography portfolio. The images look clean, graphic, polished style which works for the type of photography I produce. After I spent a day in the factory taking the photographs I can then start the post-production process, these images have about 1 hour each where I will make changes to the image in Photoshop.
Let me know what you think of the Industrial Photography, I will be glad to hear feedback from the readers of the blog.
I am going to chat about the image that is on all of the Pilkington Imaging marketing material. Its an image of to wooden hands touching, it is made to be recognized for referencing a famous painting by Michelangelo ‘The Creation of Adam’. Its a post-modern method which is to use concepts that are already well known and to re-use them, sometimes it looks like a straight copy and other times it looks like a clever reference which makes the viewer feel intelligent when they get the reference.
I took the image on a large format digital camera, I took several shots of the hands in different positions which were later imported into Photoshop. I cut out the wooden hands and dropped them into a graduated grey background. It was a simple image to produce but very effective, this image is more about the concept and aesthetics than anything else.
I wanted to show off my Photography skills but also to show that I can do more than just technical product photography but conceptual photography too. I have chosen to use the image in my marketing material as it symbolizes beings connecting to each other which is the reason why people want to use photography for business, it connects to the viewer, photography can reach out to an audience in a way other mediums can not. I hope you like the image and Pilkington Imaging’s commercial photography. If you do then please leave a comment.
Thanks for reading.
I wanted to do a show and tell of one of my images. It is of a puddle which I have made into the shape of the UK using Photoshop and my retouching skills, it takes a lot of work to create an image like this and I am going to reveal how it was made.
The first and most important part of this image was to have the concept before starting to take images, having a vision of what you want to create and that if all goes to plan it will be a successful image is so very important. It took around 7 hours to retouch in Photoshop and I used 5 different images to create it. I used my Mamiya RZ 67 Pro II medium format film camera, I shot it using slide film and scanned in the slides to my computer. (I no longer use this camera).
I took shots of different puddles which had different shapes, I did this so I could cut out small pieces and drop them onto one chosen puddle image from which to build on, using layer masks I could blend the pieces into the main image, the final result is a subtle shape which was my intention, I wanted to include Northern Ireland but I knew that another puddle next to this one wouldn’t look the best. One of my images of puddles had a wet leaf in it and I thought that it would work well.
When I showed the image to others, even to other photographers, they would ask me “how did you find a puddle in that shape” well I didn’t but I shows that the image works so well, deceiving even other professionals is a great accomplishment.
The image won a photography flair competition held by Creativematch website. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog.
I am starting a blog for Pilkington Imaging which is a premium commercial photography in Sheffield, Doncaster and Yorkshire. I hope you enjoy looking at great photographs or learning what Pilkington Imaging does as a business.
I will start with an image which is what Pilkington Imaging does best, premium product photography. It a white background still life image of a gaming headset, one thing which makes the image premium is the lighting control used to enhance the look of the product. This is created by using carefully positioned reflectors and studio flash heads very close to the product itself. Other studio flashes are used to light the background.
Once the lighting has been perfected and the correct exposure has been worked out, then its just a matter of pressing the shutter and the shot is finished, well the first step is finished, next the image is processed and uploaded into Photoshop where the magic happens, the post-production of the images improves the look of the image greatly. The image is cut out so the background is an even white, the levels are checked and any blemishes are removed. This image has had a lot to tweaks to the top of what is the head band, it has provided with a smooth and consistent look which helps make the product look slick and stylish.
I hope you like reading about product photography as I have a lot more images to show and to talk about. Until next time.