Product Photography

I decided that the past weekend would be a great time to get some marketing for my photography studio rental business.  Knowing that people like to see an  equipment list I figured that was a good place to start.  Being both a photography studio and an online marketer, I figured that a list wasn’t good enough – there has to be pictures.

photography light modifiers

So after some vacuuming and general cleaning I pulled down my white paper backdrop.  There was about 7-10 feet of spots and other nastiness where the models had been standing on the paper over the past few months.  So the next thing that had to be done was cut off the paper.  Using a razor blade I lopped off a few feet.  “Well there goes about $20,” I said to myself as I threw the paper in the storage room.  The next step was to put pull down the white paper and lay the white floor on top of it.

Because the pictures were going to be of the strobes and light modifiers that are available for rent with studio time, constant or “hot lights” were going to be required.  If you’re not familiar with photography terminology, the term hot light has been used for years because the amount of light required for photography meant high wattage lights that get very hot when left on for any amount of time.  Now days the lights typically are LED or florescent so there isn’t much heat created.  I pulled out two Interfit Photographic Super Cool-lites with softboxes and wheeled out my first product.

Going to take my first picture I couldn’t find my tripod.  No big deal, I said to my self, I can just make sure I’m standing in the same spot.  MISTAKE.  When the images were brought into Photoshop for editing they were all different sizes because the focal distance was not consistent.  Not only that I had zoomed in the camera differently for each image.

Mistake #2.  I had forgotten to check my white balance settings on the camera.  The camera was last used with the auto white balance setting.  Because of that each image was a little different.  For the images that had white on the product the balance was good.  For the images that had little or no white on the product the balance was off and the background look grey.

I’m supposed to be a professional at this stuff and made a few major mistakes.  These mistakes cost me a lot of time because of extra editing that needed to be done.  Guarantee I won’t make that mistake again.

Win A Nikon D750

black nikon d750 with lens
Last year I made the switch to Nikon and have been looking at the new D750 for a second body so I can have a backup.  I almost had the money saved then an emergency came up and I had to spend about half the money.  Bummer.

So last night I saw that FroKnowsPhoto was giving away a Nikon D750 (or some Canon – whatever).  So why am I posting this?  It would be nice if very few people entered so that I had a better chance to win.  But that’s probably not the case.  His (Jared Polin aka Fro) YouTube channel has almost 400,000 subscribers and over 50 million views.  But hey, I get a few more entries for every friend I refer.  So click here and enter!

So why is he doing this?  Just because he’s a nice guy?  Well I’ve never met Fro but I’m sure he’s a nice guy.  No he’s doing the giveaway to promote his new “Guide To DSLR Video.”  I’m very tempted to purchase it but $97 seems a bit high.  If I was/planning on selling video services for weddings this would be a no-brainer.  But since photography is a very expensive hobby (although I do own a photography rental studio in Bay City, MI) that’s a little high.  Perhaps I’m just a tightwad and I am very very tempted to buy it while writing this post.  If for some reason the purchase does happen you’ll see a review of the program here.

Lingerie Model Danjer Kat

The other week Danjer Kat visited my photography rental studio in Bay City, MI.  I had tried to work with here a few times in the past but this was the first time we were able to get together.  The way I usually enter into a photo shoot, especially on the first shoot, is to see what the model brought with her and have her wear what she is comfortable with.  I don’t dictate the outfit (or lack thereof).  Once I see what the model is wearing I’ll figure out how I want to light and shoot it.  Danjer Kat brought with her a great selection of colorful lingerie.  When I saw this bra and panty combination I figured that putting here on a black background would be perfect.

female lingerie model

Wedding Cake

Every wedding that I photograph has unique and interesting wedding cakes.  I’m going to start posting some here.  If I find out who made the cake I will post it, but in most cases I don’t know the cake designer.

Wedding Cake

This picture was taken at the Double Tree Inn in Bay City Michigan. Wedding photography was done by Image Artz.

Sunday Wedding

It’s not very often that there is a Sunday wedding, but this past weekend there was one. Working for Image Artz Photography I had the pleasure of photographing a wedding at the Double Tree Inn in Bay City, MI. This was an outdoor wedding and the weather was perfect.

Wedding in Bay City

The Double Tree is right next to a beautiful park in Downtown Bay City and we were able to get some great pictures of the bride and groom.

No Picture Weekend

I kind of took the weekend off and didn’t shoot a single frame.  It was the 4th of July weekend and I just had a lot of other things to do.  It was a little strage to leave the camera bag at home and not shoot a single frame.  I have to admit that I did some editing a clean-up work on Sunday.  My wife will be attending the 2009 Galaxy Pageant Nationals this week and I had to get some images on a disc for a magazine article she wrote.  I had the Michigan Galaxy images on 2 different hard drives and in 4 different folders.  Not a good organizational plan.  So I had to make room on one hard drive and move all the 2009 Michigan Galaxy pictures to one place, find the best few images that would work for the article and burn a disc.  This got me in the archive mode and I cleaned up 2 hard drives and archived a bunch of images that were over 2 years old.

2009 Miss Michigan Galaxy

After doing a little hard drive cleaning I remembered that Crazy Jack’s Custom Cycles needed the images that were taken last week for an article submission on Monday.  I quick edited the images and emailed off the best ones to owner Jason Pries.

Crazy Jack Custom Cycles

Senior Pictures

I had a senior portrait session last week.  This week has been so hectic I just got around to editing a few of the images.
Emily
This picture was taken in Old Saginaw City with some fresh graffiti that had not been completely defiled yet.

(side note) I really hate it when someone takes the time to create a great piece of street art and then some punk tagger ruins it.

Not all the pictures were done with graffiti in the background but I really liked this one. We did some in the studio, on the railroad tracks, at a loading dock and against a building that was built in the 20’s and had some great art features.

Live in the Saginaw, MI area and need quality senior pictures without spending a fortune? Look me up – http://defoephotography.com

Crazy Jack’s Custom Cycles

Met with Jason last night at the Crazyjack Industries location in Bridgeport, MI. I met the bike building crew and we snapped a few pictures. Are these guys crazy? Most of them are!
Crazy Jack Custom
The bikes they build are great and I look forward to working with them more in the future.

2009 Dow River Roar

The wife and I spent the weekend in Bay City working at the Dow River Roar.  On Saturday my wife had the Michigan Galaxy Queens down at the river helping kids in the Kroger Kids Zone.  I spent the weekend running around and snapping pictures.

2009 Bay City River Roar

Some picutres from the weekend can be seen at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/thetoad01/sets/72157620638584881/
I’ll keep posting more as the time to edit permits.  Images will also be posted on the River Roar website.

2009 Bay City River Roar
Champ F2 boat sponsored by Rico’s of Saginaw beats out local driver of Prime Brothers boat for the checkered flag!

Fashion Show at Bay Valley Resort

I had the pleasure of being the photographer at a wonderful fashion show at Bay Valley Resort in Bay City, MI last night.  The hors d’oeuvres were excellent and the staff at the resort was great.  This fashion show was first class from start to finish.  The music and sound was provided by High Fidelity Entertainment and the show was a promotion for the new Fashion Plate segment that is part of Review Magazine.

Fashion Show at Bay Valley