Sourcing Props for Natural Product Photography

It’s made me happy over the last few years that small business owners have moved towards a more natural product photography style that doesn’t require the technical know-how of a perfect white background shot. That’s not to say that natural product photography doesn’t require any photography know-how, but I certainly think it’s easier to achieve in a small space and on a budget. I covered some of the basics of natural light product photography here on another blog, but I think that styling the images is also really important. Sourcing props can be really tough when you’re a beginner – …

Behind The Image #3 – Chad in the Bath

Bathrooms often have the most wonderful light when it comes to photography. All those white tiles really bounce the light around and make for a wonderful bright and airy feel to images. In the photos is Chad. He’s been living with me for a few years now and in the last year has been diagnosed with thyroid problems and stage four kidney disease. He’s also probably got cat dementia. He sleeps quite a bit now, but occasionally has moments that are full of life. Earlier today I headed upstairs to investigate a crashing noise only to find Chad playing in …

Behind The Image #2 – Dragon Drawstring Bag

This might seem like a strange one to talk about – especially for number two on the list (not that the order of the post indicates any particular ranking, mind you). But product photography was my bread and butter for a good chunk of my photography career. In my mid-twenties (eight years ago now) I worked full time as a product photographer in a large London studio. I stuck it out for about a year before chucking it in. The work was hard. Well, all photography work is hard. But eight hour days shooting up to fifty products in a …

Behind The Image #1 – Blenheim Palace Cyclist

This is the first in an occasional series exploring why I took photographs, what I think of them, and sometimes what I’d do differently if I had the opportunity to take it again. I’m shamelessly borrowing the idea from Magnum’s original Behind the Image series (but with no pretence to believing I’m quite that good). I was on assignment for Professional Imagemaker magazine writing a feature about photographing triathlons. A few weeks before I’d interviewed a great triathlon photographer about his business, his workflow, and the kind of pictures he likes to capture. The day after I was heading up to Birmingham …

What’s This Blog All About?

What kind of a writer doesn’t have a website where they write? Well, plenty actually but it’s kind of rare for someone who specialises in blogging about photography and art not to have one. I realised that although I create loads of content for other people online about photography and art, I wasn’t creating content for myself. The kind of things that I wanted to write about which didn’t really fit with any of my clients. So I resurrected my (slightly stagnant) portfolio site that nobody ever visited, gave it a bit of an overhaul, and added a blog to …