I recently had the opportunity to photograph tea products for a friend who’s planning on opening an e-commerce store. This was my first impromptu product shoot and considering the restricted environment and equipment available, I’m satisfied with the results. With that said, here a couple things that I will need to improve for future product shoots.
1. Lighting: I didn’t like how inconsistent the lighting varied between each product. It made it very hard during post process to make every image consistent.
2. Attention to detail: Small details like not wiping the cup clean from water droplets greatly affects the images. Another issue I noticed after I finished was that I didn’t take into account my surrounding when I went for low angle shots.
3. Set aside enough time: I definitely need to take into account how much time it takes when doing any photoshoot. Being pressed on time, 10 different tea products, and a stuffy room made me want to get the shoot over with halfway in.
4. Research! I will be researching how a specific product is photographed and represented through social media sites to get a better idea of what I should be doing.
I wanted to try something new since I have recently gotten into film photography. Here are the shots I took on my Nikon F3T that ended up being pretty good. Surprisingly, I was able to get some great shots just on my second roll of film. Be sure to check out my first experimental roll post, with that being said – Film Roll #2 Little Tokyo, Los Angeles
I figured the best way to learn film photography was to just go out and shoot. I didn’t care about getting good shots but focused on playing around with the controls and see what works or don’t work. Here are the shots I took with my very first film roll. I did not expect much at all but I was surprised at how good some of the images came out. With my second roll I was able to get a lot more usable and better photos which can be seen here (will update when the post is up). My advice to anyone starting to learn film I think the best way is to experiment with your first roll. It’s like with any technology you mess around with the device and see what it can/can’t do and move on from there. With film it will be a little harder because you don’t know how it will come out until you process them (usually 1-5 days depending on the place). Continue reading
For the past month or so, I decided to dive into the world of film photography and it has been a great and rewarding experience so far. I had the urge to try it out last year but did not go through with it. However, last month a friend of mines was thinking about trying film photography so I decided to join her. Luckily I was able to get ahold of my dad’s Nikon F3T which has probably not been used for 15+ years. Might as well make good use of a beautiful camera. With some new batteries and 4 rolls of film, I began to use the first roll as my experimental roll to become familiar with the controls, exposure, and overall handling of the camera. Continue reading
With the conclusion of the August photo challenge. Here are my favorite images from each day.
Week 1: 8/1 – 8/5
8/1 – Black & White
8/2 – Door
8/3 – Work
8/4 – Rock
8/5 – Nature
Week 2: 8/6 – 8/12
8/6 – Tree
8/7 – Dark
8/8 – What I Wore
8/9 – Gear
8/10 – Flower
8/11 – Watch
8/12 – Black
Week 3: 8/13 – 8/19
8/13 – Animal
8/14 – Simple
8/15 – Water
8/16 – Light
8/17 – Sky
8/18 – Up
8/19 – Street
Week 4: 8/20 – 8/26
8/20 – Outside
8/21 – Tall
8/22 – Transportation
8/23 – Old
8/24 – Lunch
8/25 – Handwriting
8/26 – Everyday
Week 5: 8/27 – 8/31
8/27 – Texture
8/28 – Long
8/29 – Culture
8/30 – Bright
8/31 – Home
8/23 – Old
8/2 – Door
8/5 – Nature
I will be taking a break from monthly photo challenges only because I under estimated the amount of time and effort it took to complete each task for the day. However, I will be working on other projects and may return back to this challenge in October. Going into the challenge I thought it was gonna be pretty easy and fun but boy was I wrong. Although it was fun there were days where I was so busy and just wanted to get my shots out of the way but still took 30mins to 1hr a day to make an effort to complete my tasks with 5-10 images at least. To make things a bit easier on my part, I decided to use photos SOOC (straight out of camera, jpegs) with no editing at all. With that said, here are my takeaways after completing the photo challenge for August.
- Definitely helped me improve my creative skills especially when I had to make boring objects interesting. I felt like I did a good job on that and will continue to improve my skills.
- I was able to limit the number of shots I took overall. With digital photography it allows you to just shoot as many shots as you want and then you can choose the bests one from there. It’s both good and bad; good in the sense that you can try a bunch of angles, settings, etc.. but it may take away from the experience since you’re going to be more focused behind your camera just shooting away.
- I learned to be selective about my shots by taking the extra time to make that one picture look great.
- Just being able to share my journey with everyone was great!
- There were days with boring themes that just made me unhappy with the shots I took
- The time and effort it took to go out and try to find stuff to shoot
- Some days I slacked off a lot and just used my room to complete the themes.
- Overlapping themes made it hard for me to make the posts unique from the other (bright/light and dark/black)
- I was able to use my camera every day! However, there were days when I just wasn’t in the mood to shoot.
- Some fun days with lots of effort involved and other days where I just shot whatever was around me (multiple images of the same subject but different angle used for multiple themes).
- Only using images shot the day of definitely made it hard but rewarding at the same time.
- Not something I can see myself do every day every month.
Overall it was a great learning experience but definitely harder than it looks. I went from a ‘hey, that’s easy to do’ to a more realistic perspective that applies beyond just photo challenges, for example, gym dedication. This photo challenge was essential in bringing out dedication and effort I am proud of and I hope my photographs show that. Thank you for my August readers.
“Where we love is home – home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
Done with my challenge! I really admire anyone out there doing these challenges every month. I did not think it would take so much time and effort to go out and shoot pictures on a daily basis. Will post about my experience within the next couple days. I will not be continuing this series for next month but I will be working on something new so keep an eye out for that!
Lastly, special thanks to everyone who have viewed and liked my posts every day. Thanks for the support! 🙂