This is not something that I usually blog about, but I thought that this recent teddy bear product photography shoot might make an interesting behind the scenes [BTS] post.
An existing client of mine commissioned me to shoot something a little bit different for them. For their 2017 calendar, they have chosen to feature teddy bears in a variety of outfits, appropriate to the healthcare services that they offer.
Photographers often have to be problem solvers and product photography can be particularly challenging. The technicalities of crafting light to show a product at it’s best is a given, but more often than not each product has its own challenges.
For this photo shoot, the challenge was to support the teddy bears in a way that kept the post production to a minimum, but still give me the flexibility to control the poses. Fishing line is a staple item in my toolkit for product photography. It comes in different sizes to support the various weights of fish that would be caught. The key benefit, apart from being extremely strong for its size, is that it’s transparent. This reduces the risk of introducing unwanted shadows and it’s relatively straightforward to remove them in post production.
Whether on a customer site or in my studio, I always shoot tethered for product photography. When you can spend considerable time setting up the shot, it’s too risky to rely on the small image on the back of the camera to spot any errors in the details. It’s also important to capture the correct colours, so using industry standard colour charts for reference are a must.
Calibration colour chart for reference
So the next time you see a shot of your favourite product, give a thought to the photographer who has worked the magic behind the scenes. :-]
The final image …
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