The window light works for gentle, directional light but the polysterene reflector does two important things.
1. It reduces the shadow caused by the window light.
2. A reflection of the polystyrene square in the glaze of the pottery lends a gentle luminosity to the pottery.
We are starting to have more sunlight now. Make the most.
You'll get people to look just a little longer if there's something interesting to look at. Work with the shapes of your products, set up a tension between what people expect to see and what you decide to show them. Be a little bit inventive.
My favourite. The City Skyline
As always, thanks to Topsy Jewell's pots for making this blog look so nice. www.topsyjewell.com
Thanks again to Topsy Jewell, her work is so photogenic, it makes it all easy
A group of products is a set of relationships. Set up the first shot with one item looking magnificent, then add the next so that the two have a relationship. The third item has a relationship with the other two, turning towards or turning away from. Set up a set of tensions between all the products, they need to react to each other. The shot becomes dynamic and intriguing.
I used natural light, all the shots on Topsy's site are lit by window light with a reflecting board. Here's what that looks like, so you can do it yourself.
We're pleased to present our latest site www.topsyjewell.com
Same thing, same old thing. Window light. Sunny day. A tripod and polysterene ceiling tile on the shadow side. It works. Experiment with depth of field, that will make it interesting. Get one mug sharp, the others blurred. Use different coloured backgrounds
Topsy Jewell, Star Pottery, Fisher Street, Lewes, BN7 1YJ
Please, please use this beautiful sunlight we have now to set your products up next to a window. Get a tripod and a nice big white reflector and see how lovely things can look