Photography is not always glamorous…
Over the years I have perfected a small portable studio setup that I can literally put up anywhere, everywhere and in a very short time.
Many people and product shoots are just not viable to be done in my studio. To save time and money its often much easier for me to set up my studio in my clients office or factory than for the clients or product to be travelling or transported to my studio. In the old days I often used paper seamless backdrops but lately I have switched over to a white vinyl seamless backdrop that is very durable and long lasting. It takes about 20-30min to setup and be ready and about the same time again to break up and pack away.
In this post I show a worst case scenario where I had to set up my ‘studio’ in a dusty and noisy wood factory. My client for this shoot, Karin Harcus-Harrison, is an architect and furniture designer. Over the course of a day we traveled to a few different factories scattered all over Johannesburg to photograph some of her furniture designs. The best thing about the vinyl backdrop is that it can easily be cleaned between shoots, all it needs is a wipe from a damp cloth.
As you can see in the image above, the end product looks like it was done in a studio, which of course it was, but just the portable kind…
Please click on the ‘more’ icon below for more images & info…
In order to set up the seamless vinyl backdrop I need two large heavy duty stands and the vinyl backdrop is hung between the two stand as per the image above. The lights I use is my standard lightweight small battery operated flash gun setup pointed through a large translucent white umbrella and/or bounced off a white reflective umbrella.
Above: Often I find that the furniture doesn’t quite fit on the backdrop, like one can see in the image above but its a simple matter of fixing it in Photoshop. The three light setup I used for this particular setup can clearly be seen in the image.
Photographs like these need to be ‘perfected’ in Post Production using Photoshop & other software to ‘clean up’ the images. you will also notice that great care has to betaken when positioning the camera so that the lines formed by the legs and posts of the furniture are straight and lined up equally. The shadows in the images can be removed of course but I think left like this it looks more ‘natural’.
Below: A Selection of Karin’s designs, a dining room table (image above), casual chair, baby cot and a child’s poster bed and set of drawers in grey….