Product Photography - Making The Most of The Lockdown in Scotland
Now that we are seeing a light at the end of the tunnel, I decided to look back at how I made use of the time during lockdown and if it was worth the time and effort.
As I was unable to get out and about and the 3 jobs I had lined up for the preceding month were cancelled I decided to convert part of our living room into a home studio. My aim was to practice some product and food photography using the studio strobes I already had as well as a few other bits and bobs I had lying around.
My go to for inspiration during this time was Youtube and Pinterest.
One channel in particular on Youtube was immensely inspirational and helpful when looking for ideas and lighting set-ups: WorkPhlo - Dustin makes what you think would be difficult shots to get of products like wine look so simple and explains them in a really easy way to follow.
I've learnt so much from this guy and can't thank him enough.
My overall aim is to produce high quality product images that either highlight products that businesses use and/or I can then be composite the well lit product into a previously shot scene of a hotel/ restaurant/ business.
I had a great time setting up the lighting and taking the shots (although it could be frustrating when I didn't get the results I was hoping for!).
I mainly focused on photographing bottles and glassware (as the reflective surfaces are often difficult to light correctly), but also shot some food imagery when I got the chance.
Here's some of the shots I was able to create:
Here's also some behind he scene images of my "set-ups", converting the spare space (which is an overstatement as I live in a somewhat small flat on the 4th floor of a building), into a home studio:
With having so much free time I was also able to invest more into things like the behind the scenes of shoots and step by step processes using gif formats - highlighting them on my social media accounts (Facebook \ Instagram \ LinkedIn \ Pinterest)
All in all , I was able to make the most of my time during lockdown and produced some images that allowed me to develop as a photographer and expand on my skill set for future shoots!
I hope you enjoyed seeing the images I created... I can't wait to make some more! :)