Beginners Guide To Product Photography

At Bstyle Photography Studio we aim and strive to keep your photography brian’s full, and as long as we are informing, you will be learning (hopefully).

In this tutorial we will be learning the basic steps towards flawless product photography starting with the product ending with the edit. So lets get started:

The first thing you have to do is, as simple as it sounds, make sure you have everything you need for your shoot. Here is a breakdown of the basics for a white backed product photo. You will need a table, a large size of uncreased white paper, additional lighting, ducttape or something sticky, your camera, and a tripod. Although it isnt in the list it is always helpful to make use of natural light, so if you can make sure you set up your make shift product studio near a large window. Once you have everything organised and set up your tripod to the right height consistent with your table and product, we can move on to step two.

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Step two, this is where the magic happens, well we think so anyway. Setting your Infinity Curve (*gasp*). The infinity curve is a useful tool and not too difficult to set up, what you need to do is set your table against a wall near the window (if possible), take your large uncreased piece of white paper and tape one end to the wall above the table. With this you will need to make sure the paper is higher than the product so you don’t get the wall in the background of the photo. Then take the front of the paper and tape it to the front of the table making sure no tape is visible in front of the product. What you should get is a gentle curve from half way back on the table all the way to the tape on the wall. This is your INFINITY CURVE! This will allow for your image to look professional without having to mess around in the edit getting rid of creases and angles.

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The third step has no fancy name and really nothing too fancy about it, but it is very important. Keep your tripod level and image steady by using the tripod, don’t be fooled into thinking it’s easier free hand because you will find a lot more issues when your images aren’t perfectly straight. Just to add something on, sometimes even if everything is level your product could look washed out but to stop this you can add a point of reference or something that can show depth but also the size of the product, an example would be if you are photographing a watch show it on someones wrist. . This all leads us nicely to our fourth step.

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Step four is all about making sure your setting are right, meaning make sure your ISO, Aperture and Shutter Speed are balanced to give you the best quality image possible. These really are vital if you would like professional looking photos with out a lot of grain or photos that are in focus. For more information about these settings please see the previous post, Beginners Guide To: ISO Aperture and Shutter Speed.

Our fifth and final step is the edit! Try and keep the editing basic, clean up the image by slightly enhancing the colours or cropping unnecessary space but don’t over indulge in creating a photo that looks great but doesn’t look like the product. Having a photo that looks so different compared to the product has many issues as your can image, but the main one being the customers keen eye. If they are looking at buying this product they will want what is in the photo. A second point is that too many alterations are difficult to replicate from image to image so trying to show the same collection but them all looking slightly different will look unprofessional.

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So to summarize: Be organised. Use your equipment (its there for a reason). Make use of natural light as much as possible. Get to understand all the settings of the camera to get the best out of it. Make it as simple as possible dont over complicate anything. These tips can work for a variety of different situations like model photography or portrait photography but may need slight adaptations. For more information about our services or if you would like to learn more and are interested in our photography workshops please contact us on 02476 444438 or email us at info@bstylestudio.co.uk

Modeling Photography shoots

Recently at Bstyle Photography Studio Coventry we have done two different model photography shoots, both of which the model was looking to boost their portfolio and have something different so they could stand out from the rest of the crowd. This photoshoots were both very different have have completely different feels about them. This first shoot was is the shoot with snakes.

This shoot was like nothing we had done before and with it came an interesting dynamic and shooting style as you can imagine looking at the final images. The model, Ben, was working towards building his portfolio and we felt that to have something with life in the image gave it a depth and meaning unlike any other, and this showing that the model was capable of different shoots and techniques.

Secondly we had a slightly less venomous shoot, this second shoot, although it didn’t have any living reptiles, it was slightly different from the usual model shoots. It consisted of the model, Nicole, being dressed entirely in vibrant pink including long velvet gloves and a huge head piece, which you would imagine was the center and main focus of the shoot but no. She was posed with a artistic plastic pink Crane like bird. This gave the shoot a little challenge as it had to focus and bring forward all of the items and points in the frame.

Have a look for yourself, we had great fun shooting both of these as they were both so different and challenging.

Monthly Round Up: March

March

Wow, has march been a crazy month? We have been busier than ever and it has been great, we have had all sorts of different shoots. There’s nothing better than being busy all day everyday…. no honestly we mean it, photography is our passion and to be able to do it everyday it’s glorious.

Not only have we been organising shoots, shooting and preparing the images, we are also planning the next workshop. This is one of the most exciting aspects because we love being able to pass on our knowledge so more people can find their passion like we did many years ago (not that many!). There will be more updates to come about the workshops but for now lets focus on what we have done this month.

We worked with personal trainers, families, models and children, all completely different shoots as well, some on location some in the studio. Having such a diverse month is so fun, below are a selection of photographs from a few of our shoots this march, check them out.

Beginners guide to Shutter Speed, Aperture and ISO

In this tutorial I will be explaining what aperture, shutter speed and ISO are and what they have in common, as well as the different roles they play in lighting for photographs. First off it’s important to understand that they all do the same thing, they all allow and restrict the amount of light getting in to the camera as well as having different benefits and disadvantages within that role.

Shutter speed is the length of time the curtain like shutter in front of the camera’s sensor is open. Shutter speed can vary, being open anywhere from 30 seconds to 1/8000th of a second. The longer the shutter is open the more light in held in the photograph, which at night can be great because there isnt much natural light. But during the day typically you need a faster shutter speed so not to overexpose have just a photograph of white blur. The second function of the Shutter speed is that as well as allowing in light it also helps determine whether the photograph will be blurry or still motion. For example the longer the shutter is open, the more movement it will capture. So if you’re photographing a moving object such as a runner, you will need a faster shutter speed to reduce the light going in to the sensor.

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When shooting at a faster shutter speed it does reduce the light going in to the sensor, so it will possibly be to dark and need to be compensated by….

Aperture, this is the contracting ring in the lens itself which on the camera you can control. Aperture in measured in ‘F-stops’ and does change depending on the lens, but on the standard 18mm-55mm lens can go from F./4.5 to F./29. The smaller the number of the F-stop the bigger the hole open in the lens ring. The aperture also help restrict and allow light into the camera, which can help when shooting at high speeds in good light because you can open this further to brighten up the freeze motion picture with high shutter speed. The side effect of adjusting aperture is the adjustment of the ‘Depth of field’. This is where the smaller the aperture (higher F.) allows more of the picture being taken to be in focus. Here is an example:

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If the Aperture is low for example F/16, less light will be allowed in because of the smaller hole in the lens ring, so more light is needed so you can see everything that is in focus in the photo you are taking, but fear not this is where we use….

ISO is the camera sensitivity to light when taking a photo. This is useful when shooting at low light because it utilises and enhances the light in the subject of the photo and brightens up high aperture photographs or low light photographs. ISO is measured in increments from 100 to 6400, this is a digital setting so is dependant on what the camera goes up to. The downside to ISO is the higher it goes the more prominent the grain or noise is in the photo, this means that when increasing the light sensitivity you are also taking clarity out of the image and unnaturally lightening it. This is okay until you get the top end of the scale it it can ruin a photo with excessive grain/noise.

As you can see all three of these directly affect each other and this aspect of photography. No matter where you are and what your subject is you will need to adapt and change these three settings as there isnt, unfortunately, one key set of settings that works everytime. So when taking your next photograph make sure you are balancing your Shutter speed with your aperture F-stop and making sure you have enough light in your photograph without too much grain.

If you would like to learn more, keep an eye out for our monthly photography studio workshops or if you would like to get in contact with us at Bstyle Photography Studio Coventry about our workshops please contact us on info@bstylestudio.co.uk or call us on 02476 444438.

Photography Studio Workshop

This february was the first workshop at Bstyle photography studio Coventry, and judging by the way it went, not the last. The days schedule went as follows,

10:00 am, Intro to studio photography- lighting and use of various attachments
10:45 am, Coffee/tea& refreshment break
11:00 am, High Key Portraiture (Using Umbrella, Softbox)
12:30 pm, LUNCH
13:00 pm, Low key Portraiture (Using Shoot, Rembrandt Lighting)
14:30 pm, Beauty Portraiture (Using Beauty Dish, Butterfly Lighting)
16:00 pm, Summary, next step, portfolio development.

As you can see we had an in depth look at the studio and its equipment as well as portrait photography and a lot of hands on practise. We started the day with an interesting introductory talk about lighting and attachments in studio photography. Following on from that we had, from eleven until half three, some hands on practise with different kinds of portrait photography and what types of lighting are used in each one. To end the day we spoke about what the next step is after that and how to develop your personal portfolio. The whole day was met with great energy and enthusiasm, and the entire workshop left with the confidence and knowledge behind them to take that next step.

 

As it was my very first workshop at Bstyle studio i was also eager to take as much as i could from this, so the future workshops can run smoothly and efficiently. I do plan to host more workshops in the not so far future so keep and eye out for updates and information on upcoming events.

Below is some feed back i received from the workshop:

“Great studio & Facilities. Excellent equipment. Thank you”

  -Paula Cooper

“Really enjoyed todays session. Cant wait to do more”

  -Izzie Derry

“Its a lovely place and definitely would consider coming again”

  -Kate Okeefe

“Thank you for a great workshop in your studio. It has been a
fantastic day in which I learnt a lot and became more confident
with my camera”

Personal Trainer Photography Shoot

Our most recent project was a photography shoot for personal trainer, Matt Hurcombe. Matt is a level three qualified personal trainer and fitness instructor who is also able to take a variety of gym classes such as spin and circuits and offers advice on nutrition. In his spare time Matt embraces his passion of sport and enjoys keeping active by attending the gym and playing golf.

This shoot was at the Forest Of Arden Marriott Hotel and Country Club, where Matt works, which was a fantastic location to shoot at, allowing for amazing open shots using natural lighting, and adding a sense of activity and energy, although this shoot was outdoors and in a specific location, we offer photography studio hire for headshots and other photographs ready for business professionals. we tried to focus on getting shots that portrayed his variety of skills and qualifications, such as his ability to take a variety of classes and also do individual training. We created the images with the intent of developing a professional look for Matt, as he asked me to advance his fitness photography along side some personal training photography.

With the shots being outside it created a different and challenging scenario for us, and helped us advance and build our on location photography, never the less we enjoyed being out of the studio and the challenge allowed us to progress and get some really great action shots for Matt. These shots asked for a different shooting style including different camera setting and less stationary photography. Having photographs like these and taking them allowed us to show how the dynamic of a level three qualified personal trainer. We created a set of photographs that shows how a personal trainer works and how dedicated they are to working with the client.

Below are the finished images of Matt taking a personal training session and also enjoying his hobbies.

Bstyle Photography Studio Based In Coventry

Bstyle photography studio Coventry is a professional studio that offers a rage of photography services on location and in studio, as well as Coventry photography studio hire. What i aim to do with Bstyle is to help advance peoples photography skills, through workshops and tutorials and also have a working photography studio for families, friends and anyone else who would like professional photographs for their home or business portfolio.

I have worked with personal trainers out door on location, families who would like lasting professional images for their home aswell as fashion shoots and head shots for business professionals right here in the coventry based studio. Below are a selection of photographs showcasing the studio and some props along with the screens available.