I have a hunch that I will be photographing more and more products for small and large companies. Years ago I had done a little bit of product photography and it burnt me out quick. Now, I look forward to the chance to make a product come to life and look accurate as possible. Often i am doing my own retouching. Sometimes, I had the retouching off to another Photoshop professional. It depends on the assignment.
There are important questions to consider. Do you need the background removed? Will the product have a shadow or a reflection? Are these static photos, or do you want a sense of movement? Are these more lifestyle photos, where the product will be shown in a kitchen, a home, the gym, or other location?
These photographs will be used on the website to show the packaging and the new gels.
It wasn’t requested, but I figured I would shoot the gels by themselves. By eliminating the packaging and getting closer we have VERY high resolution photos of the gels now. You never know if someone will need these, but we have them just in case.
Here is a behind the scenes view of the photo shoot. I am using white foam core to reduce reflections on the shiny foil text on the front of the packaging.
And I am shooting tethered to a laptop so I can review the photographs in high res detail to know we have the shot. Woo hoo!
While I was photographing the ageLOC Galvanic Spa gels, someone asked if I would photograph this shopping bag for the European markets. This bag had been used, so it had some wrinkles and kinks that I had to remove in Photoshop—more editing than normal. Usually, you want to start with a pristine product or object to photograph. Other times, you work with what you are given.
Hooray, product photography!