Sylvester Oxford is an online boutique which offers you pretty vintage style accessories. They have an exclusive range of gifts and items for your home. We had already done a first product photography shoot for them a couple of weeks ago but we were more than delighted when Sylvester Oxford contacted us again for a second shoot.
There were roughly about 7 products to be photographed and I was put in charge of this shoot. Ivor helped me set up by placing the lights in a suitable location and lowering the white backdrop. What we did was have two lights pointing at the backdrop on a very high key setting so that the backdrop was flooded in light. We then placed two lights on either side of the product and had them set on a low/medium level so that if the product was white then it wouldn’t start to blend in with the background and not be able to be seen.
The camera settings that I chose were, ISO on 100 and I switched between aperture F11 and F13. I had to take three or four photos of the product from different angles, so what I did was turn the product to its side then zoom in closer on some of its vintage detail and then have a photo with the drawers open. The image taking didn’t take too long but it was the editing that did take a while. This is because firstly I had to convert all the images which were taken as a RAW into a JPEG. I then had to crop all the images to the preferred size and then by using Photoshop, fill in the areas of the photo which weren’t quite white enough. You have to be precise and careful with this as you don’t want to either make the image look too white or accidently rub out some of the image. After successfully editing the images, I looked back at the work that I produced and was very pleased with the standard of the images and editing. This shoot was very enjoyable and very much a learning curve for me as it’s the first shoot I was in charge of.