The new buying generation grew up connected to the internet. The web is were they go to research products and purchase products if possible, the Millennial’s have just passed the spending threshold of $200 billion. They live on 30 second clips that GRAB them and sells to them. As a small set - table top photographer I can show off your products
Funny thing, living in Upstate New York, It gets cold and it snows in the winter. Everyone heads to the grocery store for milk and bread. I decided to brave the crowds and see what I could find for a weekend photo shoot while storm Harper dumped a couple of feet of snow outside. I decided on a couple of setups, one being fruits and the other vegetables. So the shoot could have been called here are your fruits and veggies.
My Plan today was to create window light from the left. After the last shoot where the window light was very blue today I set up 2 strobes behind a medium translum scrim, watch how a scrim is made here! . The lower strobe was set up with a 4 foot x 12 inch strip box positioned horizontal set about 1 inch above the table. The second strobe was position above the first and at first was bare bulbed after a few test photos I decided to place a 7 inch reflector and a black flag of cinefoil to control the spill of light on the background.
after the strobes were set and the window light effect was created, a tall white board was placed opposite the strobes to add a little fill light. The two speed lights were used with grids from MagMod the grids were used to add small areas of light to the setup as needed. Below is a slide show of a the set up and a few photos from the session.
Working with fluids and splashes can be a messy venture, yesterday was a very cold day in Upstate New York, and I decided to create some small splash photos. Using some toasted oats cereal, heavy cream, vegetable shortening and a can of compressed air along with some photo gear I was able to create a few keeper photos. The photo gear was 2 light stands an arm to hold the spoon with a super clamp 2 speedlights and a homemade scrim. I tethered my Nikon D750 into lightroom to start, but after 7 photos lightroom stopped importing the photos (This has been an issue since the last lightroom update). I switched to a third party program smart shooter 3, this program gives me full control over my Nikons and it has never failed me.
After practicing with water over the sink, I was able to get the timing down with creating splashes in the spoon. After getting everything in place my first couple of air shots missed the spoon making some of the cereal fly out of the bowl. After a few attempts I was able to get the set up working.
The slide show show a few of the behind the scene photos and a couple of the final resulting photos. All in all it was a fun little project for a cold winter days and I did it staying in the house not having to head out to the studio.
This is a repost of my New Year eves post reminding everyone using cameras to go into your menu and check on the copyright information and change the date to 2019. Matter of fact check all your electronic gear that does not connect to the internet and change the date if needed. The years seem to fly by in this electronic world. I am starting the new year off with some big plans for the commercial photography market in the upstate New York region.
AsI roll out a few new programs geared at helping your business standout above the rest, I will be announcing these services here.
This week for Project 52 I took an hour and photographed a collection of nuts and bolts. With the time limit of an hour shooting time, I used a 3 light set up with a soft-box overhead, a gridded strobe from the 1 pm position and the third strobe was a sidelight behind a 3-foot square scrim. Using the Paul Buff Cyber commander system I was able to easily change power settings for all the lights as well as turn off and on strobes as needed. The backgrounds were layered on top of each other so I could quickly move from one background to the next saving on set-up time. Shooting with a Nikon d750 and switching between 2 Sigma macro lenses, the 105mm macro and the 50mm macro (discontinued lens).
For stability when shooting close-ups with the 50mm macro lens I used my original Platypod in place of a tripod. This allowed me to set my camera right on my surface and get the results I was looking for. The original Platypod can hold a full frame DSLR and a normal type lens without any camera shake and no fears of the rig tipping. Platypod has options for larger DSLR and longer lenses. The Platydpod MAX saved me in our past San Diego workshop when my bag and tripod decided to stay on the plane and go to Reno. I had the MAX in my camera bag and I was able to instruct and shoot sunset and night cityscapes of San Diego. This is one piece of equipment I can highly recommend placing in your bag.
In an hour I was able to photograph a nice collection of photos, I have added a small sample of the images below.
This week I had the chance to photograph some still life work consisting of older books and other objects The client was looking for a warm toned photo to be used in web applications. I always find it a fun time taking objects and arranging them into a cohesive image. They need space for ad copy and a peaceful looking desktop setting. A full set of images were delivered.
If you find yourself in the need for tabletop photography services give me a call at 315-768-3503 or drop me a note through the contact form
A client wanted a photo they could use as a background for an ad they would be running in a local weekly newspaper. The name of the company is "The Happy Housekeepers". I was thinking about a prop I could use and we had just purchased a new standup dustpan. Something caught my eye as I looked at it and it was the happy face in the dustpan. Perfect, I found a whisk broom and went to work making a photo the client was happy with.
winter is here, and we need to learn how to properly cope with the challenges that come along with it. Whether you are a city photographer or small town commercial photographer, the Cold weather will place demands on our gear as well as our bodies and the subjects you are photographing. I have lived in cold weather country my whole life and with a few simple tips and tricks, you can easily have a successful outdoor winter photo session. I will start with the gear. Gear: Batteries - Cold weather will quickly drain the power from your power source. Always keep a couple of spare camera batteries in a pocket close to your body keeping them away from the cold air. Battery packs place an insulating layer under them if they are placed on the cold ground. This layer can be a simple piece of cardboard or small section of foam core board. Camera and Strobes - Allow the gear time to acclimate to the ambient temperature and start your modeling light off at a lower power and let them warm up before increasing the poser to working levels. Your camera will get to temperature rather quickly and most modern day DSLR type cameras and lenses will operate normally at temperatures in the low single digits. I would always recommend taking your camera gear out for a walk with you and make sure all the controls you typically use function properly in the cold. I have a shooting partner who has a camera that will not allow back button focus when the air temperature is in the mid-twenties. He can shoot for about 30 minutes and then has to let that camera warm back up. Tripods - When handling them the legs can become very cold making them uncomfortable to hold. I have not seen it but I have heard that some carbon fiber can become brittle and under stress and lateral forces can shatter. Camera bags and hard cases - Buckles and become clogged with snow and ice making them hard if not impossible to close. Placing bags on a waterproof ground cloth will help keep them dry and ice-free. Hard cases can easily become a sled sliding away from your reach, so make sure these hard cases are on level ground and secured before letting them go. Plastic storage bag - After a day of work out in the cold air, I always remove my media cards and place them in a cardholder in a pocket. The large plastic bag (Ziplock Jumbo) is used to keep condensation from forming on your camera when the gear is back at the warm studio. If you bring cold gear into a warm room condensation will form on the camera, keeping the camera in a closed plastic bag will prevent the formation of condensation.
Your Body Hat and Gloves - Studies back in the 1950's stated that we lose as much as 50% of our body heat through our heads, back in 2008 this theory was revisited and the actual amount of heat loss through the head is the same as any other skin surface Link to study information More important in cold weather a hat and gloves will make you feel warmer and when you are comfortable you can
work more efficiently. Gloves Find yourself a pair of cross-country ski gloves, most have a leather palm and fingers providing extra grip and the ability to use most of the controls on your gear without removing the gloves. These gloves are also insulated and windproof. Synthetic base layer - Whenever I will be out in cold weather I always wear a base layer of long underwear, most of the time a thin layer is all you will need to help make your day more comfortable. Knee Pads - Have you ever dropped to your knee to get the shot and land on a small rock, well it sure hurts, and can make your eyes water. I always have a knee pad on my right leg, find out what knee you usually put down to the ground and wear a knee pad for increased comfort when shooting while kneeling. I get some inexpensive pads and since I only use one pad at a time I usually get a year or so use out of an inexpensive pair of the knee pads. Knee pads also keep your pants dry if you have to kneel in the snow.
Cosentino Commercial Photography is the new name for the commercial photography services I will be offering. For the past several years I have been providing general photography services throughout upstate New York and in our Studio located on historic Franklin Square in downtown Utica, NY. One of the shooting studios is pictured with this post.
Commercial Photography Services Offered:
- Executive Portraits
- Corporate Events
- Products & Catalogs
- Advertising Photography
- Architecture & Interior photography
- Food photography
I am looking forward to meeting your photographic needs. Email or call (315) 768-3503 today!