Light Bulb Photography by Los Angeles Product Photographer

Josh dropped by the studio yesterday and asked me to photograph some of the most challenging objects I’ve ever photographed in my long career as a product photographer in Los Angeles–clear light bulbs on a white background. Previously, my most difficult subject has been a clear wine glass–but these bulbs ended up being even more difficult to photograph. But, after spending quite a bit of time getting them into position and adjusting my light sources, I was able to clearly delineate every edges of these highly reflective products. Also, as you can see here, I also photographed a ballast–but that was easy by comparison. Continue reading Light Bulb Photography by Los Angeles Product Photographer

Product Photography – Friedericy Dolls (Part 20)

Today the folks from Friedericy Dolls dropped by the studio for a product photography session before one of their big shows. It was great to have them as always, but it was a particularly nice treat for me as I was able to run my new Nikon D3x 24 megapixel camera through it’s paces. As you can see here, I’m awfully pleased with the performance of my new tool. Also, as you can see from these photographs, the dolls were photographed on a white background. However, the background in these examples has not clipped clipped. In many examples of product photography that you see in magazines, photographers may completely remove any hit of background from the images; we refer to that as clipping. For this client however, they want a visible background and thus that’s why I don’t clip these photos. Continue reading Product Photography – Friedericy Dolls (Part 20)

Product Photography – Glass & Glassware

As a product photographer, one of my most difficult subjects is glassware–more specifically, glass photographed on a white background. And although there are thousands of photographers in Los Angeles, product photography for catalogs remains a specialized expertise. There are several ways to approach the photography of glass objects and here’s just one example–a simple wine glass. The key to photographing glass is to use black cards around the object along with specialized lighting to accentuate the shape of the glass. The other challenge is to ensure that nothing extraneous is seen in reflections on the glassware. If you’re looking for a Los Angeles product photographer who has the requisite skills to photograph your glass and glassware, I hope you’ll consider me! Continue reading Product Photography – Glass & Glassware

Product Photography – Fleabass Bass Guitars

The folks from Sprokkit and Fleabass came over to my Los Angeles studio today for an intense product photography session featuring Fleabass guitars. These guitars are part of a new bass line by Flea (of Red Hot Chili Pepper fame). They come in two sizes (Model 32 and Junior Bass) and four amazing color schemes (Punk Bass, Water Bass, The Wild One, and Sunny Bass). I spent most of today taking hundreds of photos of these crazy cool instruments and hanging out with some of the nicest clients ever! Some days, I really love being a product photographer! Continue reading Product Photography – Fleabass Bass Guitars

Product Photography – Jewelry

Yesterday I was experimenting with some new specialized photo processing software and my neighbor Claudia Endler was kind enough to drop by with a few of her rings allowing me to experiment with a new method of photographing jewelry. I’m thrilled to say that my experiments worked! I’d share more details, but then I’d have to tie you up with saran wrap and dip you in olive oil. And we wouldn’t want that would we? Here’s a photo of one of Claudia’s newest  rings. Continue reading Product Photography – Jewelry

Product Photography – Jewelry for Jean Dousset

Jean Dousset of Beverly Hills dropped by the studio today for a photo of a recent addition to his jewelry line. As a Los Angeles product photographer, I always enjoy the challenge of photographing jewelry —  especially when the jewelry is as beautiful as the jewelry Jean brings by the studio! Continue reading Product Photography – Jewelry for Jean Dousset

Product Photography – Rotenberg Sculpture

Jule drove a big truck into our studio on Monday and unloaded a literal ton of her sculptures. I’m just glad she had an assistant to move things around! First let me say that her work was absolutely amazing! I would be absolutely thrilled to have any of her pieces displayed in my studio! She’s having an exhibition on Saturday, April 11, 2009 so make sure you check it out. You can find out more on her web site at http://www.rotenbergsculpture.com/. Continue reading Product Photography – Rotenberg Sculpture

Product Photography – Yellow Diamond Ring

A few weeks ago Jean Dousset returned to our Los Angeles studio with a few more rings. Here’s a huge yellow diamond engagement ring that I photographed during our product photography session. This ring is available through Jean and will retail in the low six figures. The depth of field (focus area) on this piece of jewelry was intentionally kept shallow to put greater focus on the yellow diamond. Continue reading Product Photography – Yellow Diamond Ring

Los Angeles Product Photographer – Jewelry

One of my favorite jewelry artists, Claudia Endler, dropped by our Los Angeles studio on Friday. During her visit, I had the pleasure of photographing several of her new pieces. Unlike the photos I posted a few days ago, the backgrounds to these photos have been clipped to reveal a pure white background. Continue reading Los Angeles Product Photographer – Jewelry

Product Photography – Jewelry

Famed bespoke jewelry designer Jean Dousset made an appointment on Friday for an all day shoot. The stars of our product photography session were his magnificent diamond jewelry pieces. In the examples below, you’re seeing the images before they are cut from their backgrounds–a practice often called clipping. I’m showing them here in that state so if you’re looking for a jewelry photographer in Los Angeles, you’ll see the kind of images I’ll deliver from your product photography session. Here are a few examples from the session. Continue reading Product Photography – Jewelry

Product Photography – Friedericy Dolls (Part 18)

Tonight I had the pleasure of again photographing some product for Friedericy Dolls. Here are the photos from our session. As a Los Angeles product photographer, Friedericy Dolls remains my most long term and favorite client. My two favorite dolls from tonight’s product photography session are the tall Asian woman in the purple embroidered dress and the Cinderella scene. Both of those dolls are at least 20 inches high! Continue reading Product Photography – Friedericy Dolls (Part 18)

Product Photography – Vestalife

Vestalife is a young company founded on the promise that great design can spark an emotional connection between people and the products they buy. They recently called on me to photograph their entire product line including their limited edition Henri Bendel products. These goal of the product photography session was to photograph the items on a white background to allow for easy clipping for use in tear sheets and for their online retailers. If you’re looking for some awesome iPod speakers, look no further as these things are AWESOME! [really] Continue reading Product Photography – Vestalife

Product Photography – Friedericy Dolls (Part 17)

Here are a few photos from our session with Friedericy Dolls tonight. These dolls are all going to be featured in catalogs or were commissioned by collectors. In this session, the Asian doll is my favorite. I really liked the delicate facial features. Lucia mentioned that she worked really hard on that one and that she was thinking about the emotions of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon during her creative process. Continue reading Product Photography – Friedericy Dolls (Part 17)

Product Photography – Yard House Favorites

I drove over to Old Today today to take a quick stroll through the Pasadena Antiquarian Book, Print, Photo and Paper Fair held at the Pasadena Convention Center. Afterwards, we grabbed at bite at the Pasadena Yard House in the Paseo. The food we ordered appeared so scrumptious that I had to grab a few quick photographs. To tell the truth, I’d love to do more work as a food photographer! Continue reading Product Photography – Yard House Favorites

Product Photography – Friedericy Dolls (Part 14)

I had yet another shoot with Lucia Friedericy today capturing a few photographs of her latest custom doll creations. And I also found out that one of my photographs of her dolls from a previous session is gracing the cover of the current issue of the Toy Shoppe catalog. Continue reading Product Photography – Friedericy Dolls (Part 14)

Product Photography – Find the Yummy

So my fun with product photography continues–this time with food! A couple of these photographs feature my favorite breakfast from Noah’s. And no, it’s not the doughnuts! The last black and white photograph is of my family silver. And the reason I converted it to black and white is because it was tarnished and I didn’t want to break out the Brasso! Continue reading Product Photography – Find the Yummy

Product Photography – Friedericy Dolls (Part 11)

Much of the art from Friedericy Dolls is based on whimsical views of characters from children’s literature. If you take a look at the doll photography below, you might notice some references to Alice in Wonderland, Snow White, and Sleeping Beauty! Check out these great samples from one of my best clients. Continue reading Product Photography – Friedericy Dolls (Part 11)

Product Photography – Friedericy Dolls (Part 7)

Lucia and Judith Friedericy dropped by my home studio today for a few more photos of their dolls. This time I was in a for a new treat as Lucia had designed a “turntable” for one of the doll configurations. We created a really neat animation sequence of the dolls spinning around to share with her customers. Continue reading Product Photography – Friedericy Dolls (Part 7)