Category: Homeware

19
Aug

Creative Product Photography with Penelope Hope

Creative Product Photography with Penelope Hope

We are, though we might pretend other wise at times, a bunch of creatives at UShoot and do love a bit of creative product photography.

So when Nadia from Penelope Hope called in and enquired if we could get creative with the product photography for her new range of Aprons, we immediately said yes. It wasn’t until later when we’d opened up the box she sent us and had a look at them that we realised just how much fun we were going to have!

Have a look at our 9 Creative Product Photography Ideas

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15
Jun

William Yeoward

William Yeoward is considered one of the design scene’s leading creative forces, famed for creating elegance and comfort at home. Designer of truly beautiful products including furniture, crystal, lighting and many other accessories. We love his gorgeous upholstery and curtain fabrics and soft furnishings.

They sent in five carpets the biggest of which was over two metres wide and 3 metres long. Such a vast product presents a rather obvious problem. As we helped carry the rugs in from the van we worried. These were the biggest things we had ever shot.

In the end we were worrying over nothing. Admittedly heavy, awkward but we all piled in to help. And with two people to lift and style then hold in place on our flatbed table and another to shoot it was remarkably simple.

For these we took four shots, and in post-production comped the final image together, giving the full image. For items lie this our horizontal machine is perfect and it is a relatively simple and easy process to post-produce these into one cohesive image ready for use online.

Check out their website HERE

07
Jun

The Braided Rug

The Braided rug company is based in Aberdovey in Wales. Small factories have been making braided rugs in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains for the last 100 years. They imitate the rag rugs made by the early settlers on the east coast of America, and are a true design classics.

But more than that, they are beautiful to look at, and tremendously practical as well. The rugs they sell are the real thing, and they have uncompromising quality standards.

The yarns are spun, dyed into a rainbow of colours, and then woven into braids. These braids are then sewn by artisans (who often sign their work). This process isn’t quick, but the results are incredible.

They sent in a selection of accessories, coasters and table runners. These beautiful products come in a plethora of fabulous colours and designs that we just loved. Shooting these traditionally can be tedious. The braids allow for a small space between the weave, which when removing the background from the imagery is immensely time consuming. However, with our Styleshoot machines this problem is nullified. They automatically identify and remove the background, creating a neat cut-out PNG ready for use online or in catalogue.

16
May

Selvedge

Selvedge has been using our services for a while now, and we really love receiving products from them. Their products range from dolls, to gorgeous scarves and throws. It is really nice to have customers like Selvedge, the products are amazing, and by working closely with them, we are able to give them exactly what they want.

There are many sides to every story and Selvedge is dedicated to finding and nurturing textiles from every angle life. All of us are inundated with textile sensation, from the moment we are taken and wrapped in our first blanket. It is a uniting aspect of all humanity and one that cannot be underrated.

It began as a small collection of textiles and designers. But has over the years grown into a haven of rarified textiles and esoteric treasures. Behind every item – whether a handmade candle or antique table linen is a story worth hearing.

The various nature of the items we needed to shoot for Selvedge was no problem with the machines. The versatility of the upright and horizontal together make what could otherwise have been a difficult and painful process quicker, and easier.

03
May

So Cosy – the softest wool blankets

As the name suggests So Cosy is about creating beautiful, luxurious, cosy wool products. It started out with blankets and they now have a range of products including throws, rugs, scarves and cushions.

They sent in a selection of blankets to be shot, and we can verify they are soft. Very soft, quite cuddly, we had to restrain ourselves from fondling them unnecessarily.

What makes these products so fabulous, so decadently luxuriously soft, is the wool. The blankets is has been said are ‘like being cuddled’. They use the finest Alpaca, merino and sheep wool.

 

So Cosy was so named in 2011 when Rimsky (a former fashion designer) and Vilija decided to quit their day jobs and concentrate wholly on their passion and create beautiful products, combining traditional and modern techniques and designs, to complement all interiors.

Why Alpaca?

The alpaca is a charming, gentle animal and its wool has some of the softest, most luxurious fibre found in nature. Alpacas live in a very harsh climate, where temperatures can fluctuate from minus 25 degrees at night to 25 degrees during the day. And so they have evolved this remarkable wool which is hardwearing, versatile and wonderfully soft.

23
Aug

Selvedge use WeShoot at Ushoot Studios

Selvedge recently sent in a number of really excellent items for us to shoot. Skirts, cushions, blankets. A range of products that display the variety of their textile based collections.

Selvedge is a magazine that acknowledges the breadth of the significance of textiles as a part of everyone’s story. There are many sides to every story and Selvedge is dedicated to finding and nurturing textiles from every angle life. All of us are inundated with textile sensation, from the moment we are taken and wrapped in our first blanket. It is a uniting aspect of all humanity and one that cannot be underrated.

It began as a small collection of textiles and designers. But has over the years grown into a haven of rarified textiles and esoteric treasures. Behind every item – whether a handmade candle or antique table linen is a story worth hearing.

The various nature of the items we needed to shoot for Selvedge was no problem with the machines. The versatility of the upright and horizontal together make what could otherwise have been a difficult and painful process quicker, and easier.

03
Aug

Top Tips from Ushoot! Get the most from your camera phone with…

Cameras have become a pocket necessity. Attached to your phone (which may or may not be attached to you) is something that can snap every moment and document the entirety of your life.

And as technology improves the cameras on your phone are getting better, to the point where they surpass the Nikon you bought five years ago. However, there are still some things that a phone just doesn’t quite get right. The flash on your iPhone is just rubbish, the lens is limited.

Well we have done a bit of research and those problems are ultimately on their way to being solved. Here are 5 top gadgets that will help you get the most out of your phones camera.

1. Clip-on LensGizmon-Clip-on-LensesThere is no need to be limited by the lens on your phone. There are numerous lenses for both android and iPhone on the market today that will expand the horizon of you phone photography.

To start with there’s probably the most well-known of clip-on lenses, the Olloclip. Most popular is the 4-in-1, available for the various permutations of iPhone 4 through 6 as well as Samsung Galaxy S4 and 5. Through a clever bit of engineering, the 4-in-1 lens packs in a fisheye, a wide-angle, a 10x macro and a 15x macro, all of which work on both the front and rear cameras. There’s no real set-up – you do quite literally just clip them on and shoot away

2. An External Flashphone flash

Your native flash is crap. Accept this and move on. Poor lighting does not have to be the end of your budding photographic career though.

Try using a Pocket Spotlight for example, from the folks at Photojojo, the Pocket Spotlight is pretty much exactly what it sounds like – a constant light source that will clip onto your smartphone and, yes, fit in your pocket. Make portraits with pop, or add dramatic lighting to video.

3. A Mini TripodMini tripod

Nobody likes blurry photos, and frankly they are just unnecessary. Don’t spoil your images because you can’t keep your hand steady.

You should try using one of the many tripod options available for your smartphone. If you’re after more adventurous compositions that may involve dangling your phone from branches or mighty high cliffs then the Joby Gorillapod is an obvious choice. A cool grippy tripod with malleable legs, the Gorillapod can be contorted and arranged to cling to almost anything.

For something simpler, we might advise something like the Manfrotto Pixi. These diminutive tripods are pefect for using on tabletops for a steady base.

4.  A Remote Shutter Releaseremote chutter release

You’ve got your tripod set up, the compositions glorious, only one thing is missing from the photo… you. Free yourself from behind the camera and jump in front, you know you want to.

What you need is a remote shutter release. Does exactly what it says on the tin. A small and compact way to expand your triggering options.

5. A CaseProtective case

You don’t need to stick to a generic phone case with minions plastered on the back. This serves no purpose (aside from looking awesome). You can now get phone cases that come with in-built lenses and whistles and all sorts, such as the Manfrotto Klyp+ range.

Or even get your iPhone a a water proof case and save a few bob on a Go-Pro.

09
Jun

Archivist Gallery at Ushoot Studios

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The last few weeks have seen a huge variety of product come through the doors of the studio and one company that had us guessing was Archivist Gallery, a glorious letterpress business producing a wonderful array of products

Archivist Gallery are a home-spun team of artisan printers who create beautiful products using letterpress—a technique of relief printing where the printer sets movable type and images into the bed of the press before inking it and setting the thing in motion.

Shooting the matchboxes was quick and easy using our Horizontal Styleshoots and we soon had a wide range of shots. Shooting glass bottles is of course more tricky but with some diffusers, some shaped pieces of card and a little patience we were happy with the results and we are very much looking forward to seeing more letterpress work in the studio soon.

02
Jun

Lobster Home-wear come to Ushoot

Alec and the team from Lobster homewear were in the studio a few weeks back with their frankly brilliant intergrated apron and oven mits…

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To be honest Dan got so excited when he saw the lobster aprons that we thought we may have to hospitalise him!
The Lobster concept is simple and brilliantly executed. Anyone who spends anytime in the kitchen is constantly frustrated and infuruiated by not having oven glove on hand at that vital moment. Or worse you had them a second ago but just when speed is off the essence the kitchen goblins have yet again hidden the mitts…

In an amazing arayu of designs, beautifully made we know that this brilliant product will be an instant success

Wishing all at Lobster the best of luck and see you all soon

 

25
Feb

Amber Bright

A while ago we had one of our biggest challenges to date – shooting creative lighting with a view to seeing all elements of a lit glass lamp.

Amber Bright Creations are an award winning lighting company with some fantastic product

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Milan came to us with a challenge. Shooting his very funky jars with a view of getting the essence of both the product and the lit filament – a challenge indeed

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 It was a task the team relished. and we were proud of the results that could be achieved