Location Studio Shoot

Location setup

Occasionally I get to photograph items that are too valuable to bring to my studio, so instead I bring my studio to the client - in this case I was photographing an entire collection of Chinese antiques before they were sent off to a museum. I don't like to even think how much the collection is worth but I made extra sure none of my equipment was in any danger of falling over and breaking anything!!!

Watch Photography

watch photography

There's a lot more going on with this set than you can see here but believe me when I say shooting watches is probably an even bigger challenge than shooting jewellery! Very happy with the shots though and can't wait to shoot more like this (so it's a very good idea I took detailed notes on how to put the set back together!)

Now I've Shot Everything!


As I've said before I'm very pleased with the diversity of my client base so it's with great pride I can finally say I've even shot the kitchen sink!
Thanks to all the experience I have shooting super shiny items like jewellery and ski goggles I already had a very good idea how I was going to light the sinks and taps and both myself and (probably more importantly) the client are very happy with the shots.
We had a few dozen sinks and taps to shoot that day and I'm lucky enough to have a studio large enough to be able to house fairly large setups like these and still have plenty of room to be able to store, pack and unpack the products while shooting them.

Two Camera Setup

studio setup

Always happy to try and meet a tight budget so for this shoot, to save time, I set up two cameras to get the two required angles of a bulk batch of products.

More DNA Detectors

Studio Product Shoot

And this time in colour! I'm very proud to say the vast majority of my clients are repeat customers and it's always a good sign that a client is happy with your work when they come back for more! It was great to have these beautiful machines back in the studio and get to make them look awesome again

Joanne Tinley Jewellery

Jewellery setup

Lots of lovely jewellery in the studio today for Joanne Tinley. I really enjoy shooting jewellery - each piece is different so needs to be lit in its own unique way so involves massive amounts of diffusion screens, focused lights and silver card... Which is just my kinda thing, really!

Keeping Stuff In Position

Setup Image

Half the challenge to product photography is holding things exactly where you need them and to do this I've accumulated a large collection of various clamps, stands and grips. Some of them are genuine photographic products, some of them are from B&Q but all of them are useful in their own ways.

William Hughes Wire Forms

Studio setup
Location factory shot

I really love the diversity of my clients - this client manufactures springs and wire forms. This shot is of the wire frame of a car seat which I think is pretty cool! Got the opportunity to shoot around their factory then take some of the freshly made items back to the studio for a product shoot.

House Of Carvings

studio setup
House Of Carvings Studio Shoot

Love putting a set like this together - just outside the frame you can see the chaos and clamps and stands holding everything together! I like to make sure my shots are very clean and tidy even when my studio is definitely not!


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I try not to use Photoshop too much - if I can take a little longer to get the shot in camera without having to retouch it after then that time is very well spent, but photoshop is absolutely essential for retouching out the inevitable dust and scratches a product will pick up on the way to the studio!

Shooting Ski Goggles

Ski Goggles Setup

These are hands down one of the most difficult things I have ever shot! They are basically curved mirrors that reflect EVERYTHING! They somehow manage to see the edge of the diffusion even when you think the goggles are completely surrounded by it.
I've finally developed a rig that is quick to put together and minimises retouching so I can get through these quite fast now and in a very repeatable way, so the goggles I shoot are all in a consistent light and angle even when photographed months apart which I feel is essential for a good looking e-commerce website.

Primer Design

Primer Design

This is a DNA detector and looks how I imagine a DNA detector would look in the movies. I suspect until this machine came along DNA detectors were probably a lot less cool looking so well done to Primer Design for bringing science fiction to life!

Redwood Global

Redwood Global
Redwood Global

Went to a fantastic studio in Birmingham to shoot these machines - the studio was based around a large turntable with a white screen stretched around the back edge so the machine could be turned around to exactly the right angles and then lit through the screen. This allowed me to get some lovely reflections off the various panels of the machine and quickly get shots from the different angles the client needed. Would love to have a similar setup one day.

Benham Engineering

Benham Engineering
Benham Engineering
Benhame Engineering

This was a lovely job - an engineering company near my old workplace asked me to shoot some images around their workshop for a day then shoot some creatives of the pieces they are making. The shoot around the workshop was absolutely fascinating - lots of very skilled engineers using high end CNC milling machines and equipment that I couldn't even begin to work out how to operate. Then back in the studio shooting the pieces I had seen being made gave me a lot of appreciation for the expertise and precision that had gone into their manufacture. One thing I really enjoy doing is creating interesting images of items that many people would normally disregard so these shots have become some of my favourites.

Mason Pearson Hairburshes

Mason Pearson Hairbrush

These hair brushes are kind of a big deal. And I had one of every size and type they make in the studio at the same time! Felt like I should have had a guard with me like I do when shooting high end jewellery (I hope the security guys who do look after the jewellery I shoot have a nice day when they come to the studio - I try to supply all the food, drink and Netflix they could possibly want!)
This was a lovely challenge - lighting the brush to bring out it's gloss finish and to shoot a 360 of it too. There was lots of wire, tape, silver and black card and far more lights than expected involved in putting the shot together.