Behind the Lens
Earlier this year, while working with Nom Living, I organised a photo shoot to showcase some of the new ceramics and lacquer products. We were fortunate to have access to a lovely apartment with a stunning lacquered wood table.
As a photographer, I'm drawn to textures and surfaces by how light illuminates them. Wood is a material that can work very well with ceramics, and I would normally opt for a rustic oak or pine table. However, in this case the lacquer gave the surface a wonderful depth (you can tell the quality of lacquer by it's depth of reflection).
Every product we placed on there looked great. We needed very little lighting, just a soft box. Changing the angle of the shot had a great effect on the amount of surface sheen picked up by the camera - shooting very low gave the appearance of still water, like that on a lake in early morning. Higher up, the grain of the wood came through more. All these images were shot with a 50mm lens, which gave is the one lens I could not do without in my work.
The lesson here - look for interesting surfaces to photograph your products on, practise at home with what you have available and don't be afraid to take you camera and some smaller objects out of the house - who knows what you might find?