Seeing as it's almost Friday (woohoo!) I thought I would post a little GIF to give a little insight into the process of an image after it's shot in the studio. Taking the shot in the first place is just part of the process, but in the age of photoshop - anything is actually possible. Many photographers, especially in this industry won't want you to see an image straight out of camera as it definitely won't look anything like the final shot that will be used.
This is just my process, some will work slightly differently:
- Firstly, I take the original image and make sure the colour is accurate to the sample I have.
- Secondly, I will remove all blemishes, dust, loose threads and anything which degrades from the look of the product. Remember, your client will want to make the product look it's absolute best before they take it to market.
- Next, I start work on the background - In this shot, I've propped the heel with a block of blue tac and added a very small bounce card under the sole to add a little contrast to the sole. This all comes out now. Out of sight in this shot, the shoe has been stuffed and there are some cocktail sticks helping to shape the shoe and keep the tongue high.
- TOP TIP - basic stationary is one of the best tools I have in product photography, in almost every shot I use a different selection of stationary which ranges from Blu-Tac to cocktail sticks and black/white and coloured card. Build up a collection of handy helpers in the studio - small differences make a huge different to to final appearance of the product.
- Finally, I make sure the background will blend seamlessly into any artwork - in this case it's white, so I make sure there are no nasty greyish areas in the background - wiz around with any selection tool, open the Info window and check your hitting 255.255.255 (pure white) in the corners and edges, tweak where necessary.
This is a very brief description of what goes into an image like this, every shot is different - but give it a go and see how you get on.