(4 year old story - 2008) Recently one of my friend referred me for a Product shoot with a small start-up company who are into creating green products. products which are made up of wood, leaves and natural stuff !!! I have worked with some very well known products and all the shoots in the past were done by hiring a particular studio with appropriate lighting equipments, but this time budget for having their product-catalog was not allowing us to go for that option ! It was challenging thing for me and honestly I had never done a product shoot without studio setup ! Results of this shoot are not great, but in my opinion, they are not bad.. Just have a look and share your opinion:
So this shoot started with one Camera and few Lenses but no extra light/flash !!! Next thing was time and believe me that all these products need to be shot in one day and we had only 3 hrs on that day.. Can you believe it?
And we started inside a room which had no natural light as it was not in my control at all !!! Although client was with me and he offered the choice if I want to use another room.. But I refused as I didn't want to disturb other folks in that house !!
Results from first day were pathetic and I can't even show a sample... Finally I realized after 2 Hrs that it's not worth spending more time and rather come again by thinking some different strategy. And of course, it was not very convenient to ask for another day as this client was busy and planning to move another city next day!
Finally we discussed and we agreed for another day. I went there with some white sheets which are used for photostat and a few high-quality gloss papers. These glossy papers were also white..
I created some space on one half of the dining table and created three walls of these papers with some support of hard things like treys and pen-stands !!!
When a little room was ready, I placed glossy papers on all three sides facing each other and two glossy sheets on the base... These glossy papers were to give more reflective light when I use Camera Flash !!!
This whole setup improved the lighting a bit when I started using camera flash, I was getting harsh shadows on one or other part of product... Then I took and butter-paper which was luckily available and placed it i front of Camera Flash which made the shadows a bit lighter but still there were shadows..
Then I started reducing spacing between the paper-walls so that subject and background gets more reflective light to negate the mild shadows.. After spending some time around this, it worked and I was really happy !!
As you see, all these products have different shapes and structures, so at times I felt a need to extra flash to fill in some light to the regions which are not directly facing camera... On that day I was carrying my Nokia E63 and new mobile HTC Dezire HD.. Both the mobiles have wonderful flashlights.. Even in HTC Dezire I had flexibility to adjust the power of flashlight and all this worked for me !!! I great experience and I am really happy about this experience...
I would not say that results are good, but these are fine after looking at the constraints in terms of infrastructure, Lighting and time !!!
I have shared all the results with client, but haven't received any feedback yet !!! After that I also worked on them in Photograph to add some interesting background or applying some concepts... I am still on it and would share those results soon !!!
Just pass on your feedback about these results and share your viewpoint about such situation... What would you do in case you get into such situation?
These are not all the products.. I randomly picked few and shared here to give a sense about the type of products shot during this assignment !!!