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Amazon Infographics

In recent years Amazon infographics have become an essential tool in the e-commerce marketeer’s arsenal. High quality product photography is always going to be an essential element of any successful Amazon listing, but for some items photography alone will likely not be enough to convince viewers to add it to their shopping baskets. This is […]

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How To Write a Brief for a Fashion Shoot

Why You Should Prepare a Brief for Your Fashion Shoot Cara Delevingne is perhaps “unavailable”, and you may not be considering booking a fleet of Winnebagoes, lighting trucks or wind machines, but even a small-scale fashion shoot requires the coordination of many different elements if it is to be successful. All it takes is just […]

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Amazon Product Photography Pricing

Nowadays every other booking we take seems to be for an Amazon listing! We’re experts in creating very high quality, Amazon compliant images that will make your product really stand out – regardless of how many other people are selling the same or similar items! If you’re looking for a quick ballpark for your listing […]

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Food & Drink Packaging Photography for 4 Aces

4 Aces are one of the UK’s leading providers of disposable packaging for the food and beverages industry. Their paper and PET cups, disposable tableware and biodegradable food containers can be found at water coolers, vending machines, snack bars and coffee shops the length and breadth of the country. The team over at 4Aces commissioned […]

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How to Get Blurry Backgrounds on Your Headshots

Until relatively recently, headshots were not something the average person had a great deal of use for. In fact, unless you were either fabulously famous or criminally infamous, the only times in life you were ever likely to pose for a headshot were at the end of the school year or when your passport was […]

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Preparing for a Stock Shoot

INFORMATION ON STOCK PHOTOGRAPHY PHOTO SHOOTS, FOR MODELS & BUSINESSES MODELS AND PROPERTIES Please make sure you wear clothing that’s as plain and new as possible. Solid colours are best, or generic patterns are also fine, but please avoid any large branding / logos wherever possible. It’s also helpful to have clean, new looking fabrics […]

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The Only Way is Blackmore! Invisible Mannequins British Cycling Apparel

Blackmore Cycling Apparel’s official stance on design is simple and delightfully refreshing: less talk, more quality. Born and bred in Essex, they’ve built their entire coming-of-age story around cycling legends of past and present. And, what legends they are! Every Eastie has at least one to tell, and they are all imbued with rolling fields […]

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An Extremely Important Blog about Pointless Blog

We reckon we’re pretty cool at Photography Firm (do cool people still use the term “cool”?….). We’ve shot for some pretty on-point clients like Virgin, Microsoft and Interrail. We’ve blagged ourselves and our cameras backstage at sold out gigs and hung out in green rooms with the likes of Russell Howard and The Prodigy. We’ve […]

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The Fine Art of Photographing Fine Art

Specialising as we do in product photography, at Photography Firm we sometimes get the chance to get a little bit… “meta”. We’re not talking selfies here (do you know how thick the selfie stick would have to be that could hold our camera/lens combos??!), but turning our viewfinders towards our close neighbours on Creativity Street, […]

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Shooting Stunning Home Interiors for Hartley Quinn Wilson

Based not far from the Photography Firm studios in East Sussex, Hartley Quinn Wilson are a one stop shop for absolutely breathtaking home and business interiors. Experts in not just interior design and construction, but restoration and renovation of traditional buildings and living spaces, their eye for detail and quality craftsmanship saw them win at the 2015 Sussex Heritage […]

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Shooting Amazon-ready Lifestyle Product Photography for World Kitchen Cookware.

We were recently commissioned by World Kitchen to capture their gorgeously crafted kitchenware in both lifestyle photography and white background cutout fashion. We’ll shine a light on the latter style in our next post, but today we’ll give a little insight into our lifestyle shoot and edit. If you read our blog, you’ll already know we’re […]

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The Key to Acceptance…. on Notonthehighstreet.com

Founded a decade ago by entrepreneurial award-winners Holly Tucker and Sophie Cornish, notonthehighstreet.com has become the UK’s number one curated marketplace, hosting thousands of creative small businesses across a platform celebrating quirkiness, originality, and craft-design quality. We’ve written numerous blogs in the past with tips on how to make your photography appealing for NOTHS – notably here – so photography isn’t […]

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Shooting Professional Lifestyle Photography For Free

We’re always busy at Photography Firm. On any given day, if we’re not shooting for a client, our poor cameras don’t get a lie-in unfortunately as we run them ragged on personal projects and shooting for stock. Check out any of our product photography blogs and you’ll probably see us banging on about how much we love […]

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Product Photography for Notonthehighstreet.com, Part 3 : Stationery

In an increasingly virtual world where Facebook LIKES and group invites might have replaced a good deal of one-on-one sentiment, it seems we’re still drawn to the gloriously tactile, especially personal experience afforded us by gorgeous stationery. Whether it’s scribbling our thoughts in a favourite bound diary or receiving an invitation on beautifully gilded card, there’s something inherently […]

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Product Photography for Notonthehighstreet.com, Part 2 : Prints and Artwork

Last week, we gave some tips on successful food and drink photography for NOTHS (Notonthehighstreet.com), an e commerce site which has absolutely thrived through its mission to bring creative, beautifully-designed, original and high-quality products to your doorstep at the click of a button. Unlike the signature white background approach favoured by online behemoth Amazon, NOTHS encourage […]

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Why it Pays to Pay a Pro When Selling Online

As we plough forwards in an increasingly virtual and ever more saturated visual world, we’ve seen a real progression in the quality of online images in a few short years. Technological leaps in not just professional equipment, but consumer products such as camera-phones have forced members of the photographic industry to raise their game to stay competitive. […]

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How To Get Your Whites ” Amazon ” White

This is an area we’ve touched on before, but it’s continuously relevant since the conventions of the ever-more-popular e-commerce realm practically demand that if you can sell it, first you have to pose it, shoot it and cut it out. Whilst social media platforms such as Instagram are awash with flat lay and styled product photography […]

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Food for Thought. A Reflection on Food Photography and Styling

Photography Firm recently had its ego stroked when a well known Gastro mag asked for our lead photographer Andrew Perris’ input on an upcoming article about food photography. As a field we’ve become more and more enthusiastic about in recent years, it was nice to have our efforts recognised (…or maybe nobody else answered the phone!) Having already baked a […]

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Honey, I Shot the Lids….

…and the jars and stuff…. err, ok, sorry about that. (Classic film though! AND there was a bee scene in it so, you know, relevant…) Anyway, we realised we had a pretty sweet deal on our hands when Real Health asked us to shoot their 100% Pure Australian Manuka Honey for advertising in Boots’ glossy Health & […]

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Going Large with Easy Gazebos

When you specialise in product photography, you expect your subjects to come in all shapes and sizes and you take the rough with the smooth when it comes to prepping your shoot. A diamond ring might take the merest buff from a clean cloth to look its best, whilst a truckload of fashionable clobber means we’re […]

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Locking The AF Point for Super-Sharp Photos

This blog relates to a simple trick which many shooters arrive at through experience (or other people’s blogs!!) but if you’ve not discovered it, chances are you’re leaving some of your photographic results to, well, chance…. or at least to the whims of your camera’s auto-focus system. Whilst this may not be particularly relevant for those hardcore, […]

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Retouching Jewellery Photography

In product photography terms, some jewellery photography inhabits the same rarefied space it does on the shelves of the types of shops you have to be buzzed into. When your subject costs more per square inch than the car you drove to the studio in, you need to bring your A-game and produce flawless results. Last week, we […]

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Shooting Shiny

We love shooting product photography and we particularly enjoy the challenges of jewellery. Packing more bling per square inch than almost any other photographic subject, professional jewellery photography requires a near-flawless result and that’s what we aim to provide each of our clients. Using a combination of studio technique, post-production magic and 30-odd years of experience, we […]

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Focus Stacking When Shooting Jewellery

We were recently commissioned to shoot various beautiful items of jewellery for a client, including some flagship designs, so we thought this would be a good opportunity to share with you how we strive for flawless results when called upon to really deliver….. needless to say the majority of product photography is not point-and-shoot ready (particularly when dealing […]

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Flat Lay Photography. aka. Knolling

With the proliferation of products we shoot on white backgrounds for e-commerce sites such as Amazon and Notonthehighstreet, we love it when we get to exercise a little more creativity and flex our composition muscles. More and more clients are realising that style product photography can get you noticed in what can be a pretty […]

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10 Top Product Photography Tips

Yaaaaay, another “Top 10 this or that….” blog post!! Ok, so the internet might be littered with them (Don’t get us started on our Top Ten “Top Ten” blog posts….), but that doesn’t mean they’re not occasionally useful and, since Product Photography would definitely be our specialist subject were there to be a nerdy photography version […]

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Great product photography for Notonthehighstreet (Not on the High Street)

A true success story of the e-commerce scene, notonthehighstreet.com was founded in 2006 from a kitchen table by award-winning entrepreneurs Holly Tucker and Sophie Cornish, and now employs hundreds to run an online marketplace for thousands of small creative businesses. It’s a hotbed of originality, quirkiness, craft and design and the UK’s number one curated marketplace. They carefully […]

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