Posts Tagged ‘fun’
I have been working on website designs for a French nursery school called Le Herisson (The Hedgehog). The brief was to make the website fun for parents to look at with their young children, so I couldn't resist the opportunity to create some of my own hedgehog artworks (children-style).
The black line was sketched on scrap paper then scanned. The colour layers were added in photoshop so that I could change them easily. Each of the illustrations were then saved to the same size and uploaded to a demo website page for the client to see.
If the illustrations were in the same order it would look too tidy, so I created a small php script that made them appear randomly across the page.
I also tried displaying whole screens of just one of the illustrations repeated – which gave a much more wallpaper-like appearance.
The website is now completed – so you can see the finished project.
Well as you might have guessed, they are all fake. When shooting products I often have to create images of items that don't actually exist.
From this selection the patchwork quilt was by far the most difficult as I didn't have samples of all the fabrics either. The white areas of the quilt are actually a mattress protector from BHS that I shot and manipulated to fit the perspective.
The giant foot stool in the middle was easy as it was just changed from pink to green, the peg bag is actually two napkins shot then patched together with shading around the edge to make it look more like a bag. The pair of pink slippers was actually only one slipper. The other is a duplicate. The oven gloves actually had stripes on the back so this is made up along with the faked quilting pattern too.
Finally the two tea towels at the bottom are actually from cushions twisted and duplicated with a small shadow to make them look convincing.
What do you think? Let me know!
The previous packaging showed an actual spark plug. I suggested showing two tablets touching each other – inspired by the image of the fingers touching each other by Leonardo Da Vinci.
As the sparks were going to be the most unpredictable I shot these first. Making the whole studio light tight I pushed a sparker into black polyboard and shot directly from above. Sparklers only last a few seconds so I had to try a series of different shots to achieve the best sparks at the correct exposure.
This was the best shot taken at 1/160th sec at F3 ISO 200 using my fast 60mm lens.
The real capsules are tiny and covered in some sort of sticky substance that was a magnet to dust. The most practical solution, given the time, was to cheat and find a similar shaped capsule to use instead. The real tablets are solid opaque black, but the only ones I could find are these cod liver oil capsules which are clear dark bronze colour and not as fat as the real ones. None the less I felt I could fix all of these problems later in Photoshop.
I shot the row of tablets in different positions on black glass straight from above again, using flash this time. Two softboxes where put low down on either side of the capsules to give long thin highlights.
The only part left to do now was choose the best shots and combine them in photoshop. The dust was still terrible despite all the cleaning along the way. For the final image I combined seven layers to produce this version, putting two sparks on top of each other and blending with vivid light to make them extra sparky.
Nature’s Best (the vitamin and food supplements company) asked me to take a series of photos for their January front cover, featuring of one of their range of winter-warming products – embedded in a giant ice cube!
I shot the ice cube on a sheet of frosted class, lit from below, with two other spots for back-lighting and a fill-in flash at the front.
The beauty of using frosted glass is that when the surface gets wet it turns nearly transparent – making the pool of water below the cube much more defined.
I had worried that the ice might melt too fast, but in fact we needed to use the client’s blowtorch to speed up the melting process!
I love my job – especially when I have fun products like these to photograph from Swallowtail Hill (who’s slogan is “ethical products won’t hurt the planet”).
I have photographed all the products on their website. Each one has been shot in a natural setting, to reinforce their ethical brand. I was lucky to happen across a cricket match while on the common looking for nice long grass, so couldn’t resist these shots of Donkey and Pig keeping score…
With my mother’s 80th birthday coming up soon I have been looking through my dad’s old slides. At every family gathering out would come my dad’s Kodak rangefinder camera. He was very meticulous, being obsessed with photography, even building his own darkroom and enlarger for black and white prints. The slides have been very well preserved, all carefully labelled with the date and event. This one was taken on the 7th April 1962. I am in red.
Thanks to Paul Spencer at PDScanning for the scans to bring these memories back to life.
Another find in Budapest. These sweet little finger puppets were found in a toy shop. They are all held up with bendy hair curlers, which help to push them into good poses. They can then be cut out later. My puppets were shot as a demo for a client coming in to photograph her own finger puppets.
I saw this lovely marzipan Santa on a recent trip to Budapest. I wanted a solid background – which would have to be much larger than a real cake would be. So (as usual) I managed to make a simple idea a lot more complicated by creating a lake of false icing to sit him on.
I had hoped for that lovely spiky icing I have created lots of times before to disguise a rough top. But this time whatever I did the icing looked like either mashed potato or rice pudding!
To make matters even more complicated I had the idea of a giant knife cutting into the cake to make the most of Santa’s lovely anxious expression – to look as if he was worried about being chopped.
So the plan was to buy a small piece of real Christmas cake and to insert it into the fake lake of icing…. Well actually it worked, the only problem in the end was that the knife looked far too inappropriate for a Christmas card – well you can’t say I didn’t make an effort!