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Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year – We made the shortlists!

Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year is a prestigious competition open to photographers worldwide. The awards celebrate the very best in food photography and film, from around the world. This year there were over 9000 entries from 77 countries around the world. We’re delighted to announce that our very own director of photography, Andrew Perris, […]

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Case Study: Harvey’s

For anyone in East Sussex partial to the occasional quality tipple – and even for many of those who are not – Harvey’s Brewery will require little introduction. However, those readers located a little further afield can perhaps be forgiven if this esteemed producer of fine traditional beers and spirits is an unfamiliar name: while […]

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Product Photography Guidelines and Best Practices for Amazon Sellers

With business increasingly shifting online, product photography has become more important than ever before. Where once a customer could browse several items in store before deciding on which one to purchase, now they expect to be able to browse them virtually by means of a selection of professional and informative photos. if your product photos […]

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Employment opportunity: Production Assistant

Lewes BN8 Full-time Salary: £16,000.00 to £22,000.00 / year MAIN PURPOSE AND SCOPE OF THE ROLE We are looking for a full time production assistant in a small but busy photography studio. This role needs someone supremely organised, who loves nothing more than managing spreadsheets, colour coding jobs and folders, and who is comfortable handling […]

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Employment opportunity: Photography & Studio Junior

Lewes BN8 Full-time Salary: £16,000.00 to £22,000.00 / year MAIN PURPOSE AND SCOPE OF THE ROLE We are looking for a full time trainee photographer and studio assistant in a small but busy photography studio. This role needs someone with previous commercial experience, whether that be in a similar junior / assistant role, or via […]

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Interiors Photography: The Definitive Guide

Photographers shooting interiors are often presented with a number of unique technical challenges. And as one quick look at the photos accompanying the average online property listing will confirm, many non-professionals clearly struggle to grasp even the most basic of these problems: awkward angles; ugly reflections; underexposed interiors and overexposed exteriors; poor use of flash; […]

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Case Study: Mum & You

We recently produced a series of pack shots for UK baby-care products and accessories company Mum & You. Fully aware of the daily challenges parents face when raising small children, and keen to help make this process as stress-free and enjoyable as possible, Mum & You is a fun brand that looks at the lighter […]

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Improve Your Food Photography With These Simple But Stylish Props

Every great food photographer has their own particular way of doing things. Yet the recipe for stunning food photography will always include the same core ingredients: excellent photography skills, attractive lighting, and a truly delicious-looking subject. However, there’s an equally important fourth element that’s often overlooked: food photography props. Indeed, props can make an enormous […]

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How to Write a Winning Brief for Your Photographer (Amazon)

PART 2 In Part 2 in our series about writing a winning photography brief, we focus in on how to write a brief for an Amazon photography shoot. Why Hire a Professional Photographer to Shoot Your Amazon Photography? As Amazon customers often decide which item to buy largely on the basis of product photos, it’s […]

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How to Write a Winning Brief for Your Photographer

Part I Writing a photography brief is one of the most important steps in commissioning a photography shoot. In this article, the first installment of a two-part series explaining how to write a photography brief, we look into why writing a good photography brief is so important for the outcome of a shoot and also […]

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Photographing Glassware: How to Shoot Bottles

Everyone enjoys looking at a nice bit of glass (best said with a North American drawl). Clean and cool, with a satisfying sheen and just the right number of specular highlights to give the object three-dimensional form, a well-photographed glass object looks classy and luxurious. A genuine pleasure to behold. Conversely, a badly done bit […]

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Are You Breaking the Law with Your Marketing Images?

The internet is still a brave new world. Although many of us have grown up in – indeed perhaps were even born since the dawn of – the digital age, this is still a time of rapidly expanding horizons and shifting frontiers. New technologies emerge faster than human society can adapt to them. And if […]

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Commercial & Corporate Headshots Photography

Nowadays everyone wants to see the faces behind a business – to get a feel for who they’re talking to on the phone, and for how and where you work. Stock shots of a smiling model with a headset on is no longer good enough to represent your customer service team! Even if you choose […]

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Why You Should Incorporate Instagram Shots into Your Next Photoshoot

If you run a business of any kind, you’re probably already fully aware of the importance of Instagram for marketing your products or services. You are also likely understand the value of good photography, and perhaps even regularly commission a professional photographer to produce your marketing images for you. For some reason though, even businesses […]

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Case Study: Glyndebourne

Glyndebourne is synonymous with opera and is home to one of the most important opera houses in the world. Housed at this prestigious venue, the Glyndebourne Festival offers a programme of six operas from May to August every year, attracting opera-lovers from far and wide to enjoy music and drama in Glyndebourne’s 1,200-seat indoor auditorium. […]

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Case Study: Corporate Portraits – Part II

In Part I of our corporate portraits case study we looked at what to consider before the shoot. If you’d like to read this first click here. Part II of our case study focuses on the client and how to dress for the session in order to look and feel good. How to Dress for […]

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Case Study: Corporate Portraits – Part I

What is a Corporate Portrait? As with any portrait, a successful corporate portrait focuses attention on the person photographed, displaying a good physical likeness while showing off the best side of their personality. However, a corporate portrait also needs to go much further than this by reflecting brand values and helping to establish the right […]

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Thinking Outside the Box: Don’t Forget Your Packaging! – Part I

Packaging is an often-overlooked but nonetheless very important element of any merchandise. However, photographing packaging for e-commerce listings can present some particular challenges. Today we offer some advice on photographing packaging for increased sales. The Importance of Good Packaging Design For many people with a great idea for a new product, packaging is so far […]

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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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Tips for Successful Jewellery Photography Styling

Jewellery photography is one of the most notoriously difficult types of product photography to do well. Here we provide some insider tips to help get your jewellery shots looking slick and stylish like the professionals.     Identify Your Customer Jewellery is nearly always an emotional purchase. Clearly, then, in order to be persuade the […]

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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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How Stock Imagery Allows us to offer Professional Photography Cheaply

As well as working our way through a constantly replenished slate of commissioned shoots, at Photography Firm we like to stay super-busy, so if we find ourselves with a little free time (there’s never much), we put ourselves back to work self-commissioning shoots intended for stock libraries (anything to avoid going to the gym!! – ahhhh, […]

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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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Sleeve it out! Styled Product Photography for The Cufflink Store.

Beauty truly comes in all shapes and sizes. Our last post detailed our efforts shooting Corbeau’s big, bold racing-car seats, whilst today’s tiny, yet perfectly formed subject is one more likely to get lost down the back of the sofa. The Cufflink Store approached us to shoot their huuuuuuuge range of products and we recently set to task […]

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Shooting Corbeau’s Colourful Racing Seats on a White Background

We’ve got a decent amount of space at the Photography Firm studios but one of our more recent shoots truly tested our capacity for organisational storage. High-end racing seat manufacturer Corbeau commissioned us to shoot a large number of their eye-catching and innovative products, so we put pedal to the metal (well, lens to camera) and […]

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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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