Product Photographer. Home & Soft Furnishings. Dobbies Garden Centres, Christmas.
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It was a simple call, can you come down and have a look at out Christmas stock to see if it’s something you want to shoot. It is on loan from the manufacturers in China, so it needs to be shot quickly and returned. That was it from the traffic manager in Dobbies marketing/studio department. Oh yes, and a question of the price per item and why where we charging just a third of the cost that everyone else had quoted him!
When we got there in Lasswade, we arrived to Santa’s Grotto although they call it the ‘mock shop’ area. Christmas trees, baubles, angles, wreathes and twinkle lights… yes in March… but we loved it. Again we confirmed the price and he directed us to Christmas trees. Yuk, clipping those out cost me a case of Champers with the team! The total job some 500 items, Dobbies Christmas collection.
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Each item’s not only shoot but colour matched too.
Yes, with such brilliantly coloured items colour matching in post production was essential – it also had to be the same colour, so no enhancements.
It’s a matter of watching for reflections… all of them, everywhere.
There can be no worse a challenge than a mirror bauble.. no nothing compares to it. It reflects everything…oh, the post production. YRSCommercial, Product Photographer Edinburgh.
A photo shoot for Dobbies, Edinburgh.
The photo shoot ended up being in two places – the large Christmas trees were shot in the mock shop – the rest back in the studio – we collected the product and returned it free of charge. Why shoot the trees in the mock shop? They had been out of the box for some time so the needles had relaxed and looked full – not crushed up straight from the box – important as some of these trees cost a fortune retail. The real issue was not lighting the tree – that was easy as the mock shop itself had diffused sunlight everywhere. It was lighting the white background to reduce the clipping required – yes, white not grey! Then back to the studio for the rest – all items to be clipped to white no shadow.
THE STUDIO SHOOT
Shooting a bauble may sound simple… hang it and click… but there is the consideration of ribbon hanger on or off (and not all have them), then how do you deal with mirror baubles, which decide to show the world in front of them – even in a product tent! Circular wreaths fine – but how do you style a garland that changes from end to end? And what about the approach for twinkle lights – a styled hoop or strung out, and of course, if shot to white how do you make sure they show their twinkles beacuse shooting in the dark room makes the cable colour change to a dirty white or very dark green. Just a few of the thoughts we had on the first day.
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Someone in the studio who will remain nameless thought it funny to play ‘Bing’ endlessly and bring out fresh made mince pies! It was to be a long shoot…
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