Old World Chateau – Custom Furniture Product Photography

Hi Friends, I had the opportunity recently to photograph an amazing collection of handcrafted custom furniture at a beautiful home in San Diego County.  The manufacturer contracted with me to photograph her work in the home setting – images to be used on her website, marketing materials, etc. The home is decorated in the “Old Read more about Old World Chateau – Custom Furniture Product Photography[…]

Product Photography – Rubber Stamp Sets

My wife is trying something new on her blog at www.stampingpro.com. I regularly do product photography of sample cards for her blog posts, but in this case, we got to shoot both the card and the stamp set from which it was created.   Setup was pretty simple: Nikon SB-800 in 3′ octabox for keylight, Read more about Product Photography – Rubber Stamp Sets[…]

Tabletop Photography – Low Key with Black Acrylic and the Honl Traveller 8

Hi Friends, My wife is an incredibly talented and creative person.  I’m continously amazed at her gifts.  I get to participate somewhat vicariously by shooting product photos for her website at www.stampingpro.com. Most of the time, I use my high-key, all white tabletop setup with the acrylic shooting table – underlit – with an SB-800 Read more about Tabletop Photography – Low Key with Black Acrylic and the Honl Traveller 8[…]

[Electric] Tea Lights

Several times a week I’m shooting cards and other papercraft projects for my wife’s website/blog (http://www.stampingpro.com).  I’ve got the routine down pretty well…high key, underlighting/backlighting, reflective.  It’s a very clean look and everyone seems to like it (she’s got about 250 “followers” since she launched her blog in January). Anyway, she’s making party favors in Read more about [Electric] Tea Lights[…]

Product Photography on a Budget: Part 2

In my last post, I showed you a quick and inexpensive solution for tabletop product photography that used just a couple table lamps and a piece of posterboard. Stepping up from that option just a bit, we can add a little diffusion to our light source for smoother wrap-around lighting and softer shadows. Quick and Read more about Product Photography on a Budget: Part 2[…]

Tabletop Product Photography on a Budget: Part 1

Hi Friends, I posted recently on my typical setup for tabletop product photography using a light table, a pair of hotshoe flash units, and an octagonal softbox. It works really well for me, and since I usually leave it set up, it’s quick to arrange a couple of items on the set, shoot, process, and Read more about Tabletop Product Photography on a Budget: Part 1[…]

Product Photography: Avoiding the Funhouse Mirror Effect

Hi Friends, Recently I was asked by one of my wife’s Stampin’ Up! friends and fellow blogger about distortion (“bowing”) she’d been noticing in her images of sample cards.  She showed me an example, and it looked something like this: In geek code, this is known as “barrel distortion” (presumably because it looks like a Read more about Product Photography: Avoiding the Funhouse Mirror Effect[…]

Product Photography: High-Key Lighting with Reflections

Hi Friends, Now that my wife’s blog is up and running at www.stampingpro.com (unabashed promotional hint), I find myself looking for a consistent way to shoot the product photos of her creative stamping and paper crafting projects.  Though I’ve used a variety of setups over time, I think I’ve finally settled on a look we Read more about Product Photography: High-Key Lighting with Reflections[…]