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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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Shooting 360 Degree Spins at a Macro Level for Timestrip

We were recently tasked with shooting some 360 degree spin product photography. It takes time and care, but the results speak for themselves if you get the science right. On this occasion there would be a little more science than usual. These weren’t our typical 360 spins of shoes, handbags or plastic models, but tiny, […]

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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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Don’t Overlook the Background in Your Product Photography

  Whilst some e-commerce sites place restrictions on the backgrounds of product photos – those guys at Amazon sure do love a nice white cutout !! – potential customers are more likely to be engaged in your business if they respond positively to the images, so sometimes it’s necessary to work a little harder at making […]

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How To Make Your Product Photography Stand Out on Amazon

  Amazon and similar e-commerce sites are fantastic resources for both vendors and consumers and their meteoric rise in popularity over the last decade or so is testament to their efficacy in providing what the masses are after. With the shift away from the high street for that shopping buzz (or mere convenience), it’s become […]

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Mind-metering. Become an Exposure Jedi with the Sunny 16 Rule.

Nowadays we tend to carry a light meter on every assignment. It provides an accurate measure of a scene’s exposure and even impresses the odd client who’s never seen one! (“What dark sorcery is this?”) Digital cameras now have their own in-built light meters (although not generally as accurate or nuanced as a dedicated hand-held version) […]

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Shooting styled shots for Pharmacare

Health and fitness product giants Pharamacare recently asked us to shoot a range of products in their extensive portfolio. Bioglan have been a serious provider of quality vitamins, minerals and supplements for over 25 years and has established a strong reputation for unique formulations and first to market innovations. We’ve been in the photography racket for about the […]

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Shooting beautiful home interiors for Hartley Quinn Wilson

We’ve been commissioned by our studio’s neighbouring business, Hartley Quinn Wilson on several occassions. They’ve asked us to shoot some of their stunningly crafted kitchens, bathrooms and bespoke joinery and we’ve been more than happy to oblige, spending several hours shooting in some beautiful homes in the local area and usually being provided with tea and biscuits by the […]

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Shooting For Kicks

  At Photography Firm we consider ourselves extremely fortunate to make a living doing the thing we love, but like any job, some bits are more fun than others. Some days it’s great to work on location with models, make-up artists or art directors and share that creative energy and other days (possibly after shooting a […]

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MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM PHOTOGRAPHY FIRM

  We’d like to wish all of our friends, family, clients and readers a very merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year. If next year’s half as productive as 2015, we’ll be happy! In the last 12 months our photographers have worked on all kinds of projects, from product to fashion, editorial, portrait and everything in between. […]

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Shooting High-end Hampers for Aspects Beauty.

When Aspects Beauty commisioned us to shoot their high-end hamper collections, we jumped at the chance. Collaborating as they do with brands such as Versace, Moschino, Salvatore Ferragano and D’orsay, we knew we had a challenge on our hands doing justice to some of the beautiful bottles and packaging they sent through. Opting for eye-catching, geometric arrangements which inferred the […]

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The Importance of Professional Photography for Amazon

You think the shops are busy around Christmas? The online marketplace is far more crowded year-round! Nevertheless, the advantages of buying and selling via the internet are numerous. Consumers and producers alike have had a few years now to get to grips with the medium and alongside all the pre-requisite tat, the web is awash with […]

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Shooting Transparent and Translucent Materials on Invisible Mannequins

We receive a number of enquiries about shooting translucent and transparent materials at Photography Firm and new clients often express dissatisfaction at the way their items have been represented in the past. With the explosion of the online marketplace for fashion, it’s imperative customers can clearly see what they’re ordering before it arrives on the doorstep, […]

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The key to jewellery photography and retouching

There are three levels of detail that you can go into when shooting jewellery. The first and quickest is a basic ‘one shot’ approach. You light the item to best represent an overall detail – one that shows the metals, stones and shine. As items are small, you will have a shallow depth of field, […]

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Shooting Repcillin’s luxury bodycare range

Combining the proven healing benefits of responsibly-sourced pure Nile Crocodile Oil with other high-performing ingredients, Repcilllin’s versatile product range offers skincare solutions to various deramtological issues and conditions, restoring the skin’s elasticity, and counteracting the effect of wrinkles and laughter-lines. Eschewing the synthetic, petroleum-based approach of many large cosmetic houses, they’re very proud of their natural products and tasked Photography Firm with […]

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Shooting St. George’s homemade produce

  St. George’s are a collective of some 15 green-fingered condiment lovers spread across our local Sussex countryside and neighbouring Kent. Between them, they produce and distribute fine artisan food products, ranging from chutneys and jams to salad dressings and dessert sauces. They recently asked us to capture the love and attention they bring to each of […]

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Shooting Progenomics’ nano-tech…..in a top

Progenomics are a Japanese-based firm who’ve developed a unique nano-technology fabric which both blocks and absorbs body perspiration. We’re no strangers to photographing boundary-pushing scientific marvels (ahem, Jurassic Towel Origami anyone?…) so when they asked us to shoot some of their products, we said “No sweat”…. we didn’t, because you never think of these things […]

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Shooting packshots for Pharmacare

We were recently approached by Pharamacare and tasked with providing packshot photography on a quick turnaround time. Founded 25 years ago in Sydney’s Northern beaches, Pharmacare has steaadily grown, now providing a huge range of health and fitness products to customers in more than 40 countries. Their core focus is in “improving lives” and their […]

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