Product Photography rocks my world!
I met the coolest family the other day. These folks came to Fairfield Bay for a mini-vacation. They are very much into the outdoors and adventure, and Fairfield Bay is a perfect place to set up your base camp. With Greer's Ferry Lake, Loco Ropes in Mountain View, two 18 hole golf courses, skydiving, and so much else, you are really in the middle of the action.
Anyway, the wife was planning to take some photos of her mother's handcrafted beaded jewelry to place on a new web site they were developing. However, she misplaced her camera's memory card, and forgot to pack her table-top product photography light tent!
She came to Fairfield Bay Photography for some immediate assistance, and of course, I stepped up and helped her out!
She had 51 products to photograph, and no time to waste. This was on Wednesday, and they had to leave on Friday! Now, if you know how we normally approach product photography, or photography for any small, detailed items, you'll know that this is not enough time. Shooting a single product can take anywhere from 1 hour to 2 or three days, including post-processing, depending on the complexity of the item, the desired look and feel of the final image(s), and the level of quality the customer requires.
In this case, with the crazy number of products and the extremely limited time, we decided on a very fast shoot, and limited post-processing. In short, each items would be shot in the same layout, with only minor lighting changes. We'd normally set up the lighting to enhance each individual item! To best capture the various pieces of jewelry, I used a large hand-held diffuser between the light source and subject, and changed it's position and angle for each item. The goal was to reduce specular highlights and spread out the reflection of the light source as quickly as possible.
In post processing, I batch-processed the items in Adobe Lightroom by editing the first image, then synching the rest. After, I went through by hand and made very quick tweaks to each image. I delivered the entire project on Thursday evening, and the client was extremely happy with the results. During the delivery session, I also offered suggestions for marketing these beautiful items, including how to set up an Etsy.com storefront, and utilize Pinterest.com and Facebook.com along with their own web site.
Please enjoy the gallery of hand-crafted beaded jewelry product photography!