A while back we were asked to do some 360 degree photography by one of our regular clients. However, the need was for large and heavy items to be photographed, 36 shots at regular 10 degree movements, on location. With products weighing in at up to 100kg and standing over 100cm high, it was clear that we needed a bespoke solution that could be packed away and transported to the clients location.
Off the shelf turntables fall into two categories – small tabletop turntables (not up to this job) or vast turntables not portable (ie for automotive). What we came up with was a simple solution that fits in a car & cost under £100…
This involved a fair bit of thought, to mark out the graduations but is elegantly simple – has now been painted white and seen quite a bit of use. 1 meter squared sections of 25mm thickness MDF, a bales catch and heavy duty nylon castors (thankyou Screwfix). The bales catch provides positive latching to the indents on the base and the top section with product centered on top is manually rotated 1 click per shot.
This has become another of those studio tools that is just so simple, yet a joy to use and provides perfect 360 degree images for use as GIF’s or manually rotated web images.
On a recent overseas trip, I was reminded of a fun job we did a while ago for Oxfordshire based Cobalt Light Systems. Cobalt are at the cutting edge of airport security scanning systems, with machines that can analyse the contents of bottles and other containers, without the need for them even being open – or in scientific terms “non-invasive through barrier chemical analysis”.
Whilst passing security, I spotted one of cobalt’s units in action – the photographic work we undertook for Cobalt was rather fun – in producing product images for use on the machine’s user display – all sorts of different types of containers for drinks, foodstuffs etc.
Cobalt wanted images that were instantly recognisable to the user, in any language but they were wary of copyright and trademark infringement – so we set about doctoring images of well know brand products in photoshop. Photoshopping images is a large part of the work we do, both in terms of optimising product photography and also longevity of product images – we recently photographed a large selection of Rothschild wines for Waddesdon’s online gift shop and provided product images of wine bottles both with and without (edited) vintage years on the wine labels.
This level of Photoshop proficiency can be very useful when product images are required but the product itself is at a prototype stage, with some details yet to be configured – but you need to have someone that is good at it, as there is nothing worse than an image that is obviously Photoshopped!
Recent interesting work for Waddesdon Manor as part of the collaboration between Greek fashion designer Mary Katrantzou and the Rothschilds. “Creatures and Creations“, inspired by the expansive private specimen collection of Walter Rothschild housed by the Natural History Museum at Tring, the 2nd Lord Rothschilds eccentric obsession has proven fertile ground for the creation of three new couture dresses by Mary Katrantzou. On display at the opulent Waddesdon Manor estate until the 27th October 2017, the capsule collection showcases a shimmering sunray pleated tiered gowns alongside intricate hand beaded dresses, embellished with glistening insects formed from Swarovski crystals.
Over recent weeks, we have been shooting the latest range of products to be sold via Waddesdon’s online gift shop, which is always a pleasure although this comes with temptation – Rothschild wines, Waddesdon chocolate…
New products include a range of porcelain, with designs from the above mentioned Mary Katranzou collection.