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#drone makers DJI, Chinese manufactures of drones buy minority stake in #Hasselblad. How will this effect Hasselblad in future? http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2015-11/05/dji-acquires-hasselblad

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Hello,

Today I will show you some commercial food photography, Liverpool is a great place for creatives to work, I have been reading articles and blogs about how highly Liverpool is rated in creatives circles. I Have the pleasure of being in the creative industries and I get to work with other creatives. This food photography shoot was one where a Liverpool Marketing company approached me to shoot for a local Liverpool restaurant.

The shoot consisted of photographing interior shots of the restaurant, I did a range of wide angled shots and some close up details. We then set up for the food photography, I had an idea of how the images should look. I did some test shots first to make sure everything was looking good. I decided to go for a shallow depth of field to focus on the food, the background goes out of focus but you can still tell what is there on some images.

The best image in my judgement was the image of the Sea bass on a vegetable soup, I love the texture of the cooked fish and the colours of the soup work so well. This is one of my best food photography images and I am very proud of it. Please let me know what you think of Pack-Photo’s photography, and if you require food photography for your business please get in touch and we will be happy to talk about your image needs.

Thanks,

Phillip
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Photography services for local Liverpool Businesses

Hello,

Thank you for taking an interest in my photography blog. This time I will be showing you a few photographs from a shoot I did last week. It was for a local Liverpool business called ‘Intratech’. They contacted my through a marketing company to produce a set of images to show off there products which is heat lamps for the car painting industry.

We did different type product images for them, some are white background images to clearly show the products for leaflets and websites. We also worked on some location photography images as well, showing the products in a real world situation. We set up the shoot in a car painters near where the clients business is based. I have done some tweaks to the final images in Photoshop, I do offer high level post-production services to all my clients.

The images turned out well, just how I wanted them to…and the clients are very happy and have already booked another product photography shoot with Pack-Photo. The paint booth worked out for the images because it was fairly clean for a busy car painters booth, and it has its own lighting which was just about bright enough for my cameras to work with.

If you need product photography please get in touch and we can chat about your image needs.

Many thanks,

Phillip.
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2015-09-30
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Southport photography, charity event

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I was asked to be the photographer at a charity bike ride called ‘Bucket and Spade’. Locals ride from Southport to Blackpool and back again to raise money for a good cause. When they asked me to do the Southport photography I thought ‘why not’, I want to help out for a good cause and to be an active member in the community.

The images were to be used in the local paper and to feature in a magazine ‘Simply Southport’, the charity organizers were very happy with the results as was I. It was a challenge as it was a very hot summers day and I was only taking pictures, the riders did find it harder to ride in such heat but there was some stops along the way, it is the taking part that counts
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2015-09-17
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North West Product Photography

Hello everyone,

I have been working on lots of North West product photography over the years, its one of my main areas as it calls for a photographer with a lot of technical photography knowledge and experience. I have a image to talk about and it is of a High end custom PC which is built for gaming, I took the image for a local business owner who is also a friend. He needed an image to show off his skills as a PC builder and also showing off his products that he can provide, The image looks like a normal product photography image but I do aim to create images that are of the highest quality, with this image the quality is seen in the control of the lighting to enhance the product and to make it looks its best.

After the shoot there’s the normal amount of Photoshop work which is a lot, it takes time but its worth it to help create the perfect photograph. I hope you like the image and me talking about my work as a North West product Photographer.

Thanks for reading,

Phillip.
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Liverpool Business Photoshoot: Case study

Hello again,

I wanted to do a case study on one of my photography briefs and I have chosen the photoshoot I did of local estate agents ‘Harrison and Co’. They had just moved location and opened a new office in Liverpool and they asked me to do take photographs off the office, the building and headshots of the staff. I set up my studio flash heads in the office, bounced the lights off the ceiling and balanced them with the daylight as it was a sunny day. Most of the shots were taken on 1/125th of a second, F5.6 and at ISO 400.

I like the tones in the images, mostly neutral colours, it is only the staff clothes that have any colour added to the photography. I have kept the images looking minimal, there are just hints of office equipment used to frame the composition, also as they are not in focus it helps lead the viewer to look at the subjects I am photographing.

I also took headshot photographs of the staff which turned out really well, using the office as a backdrop, looks much better than plain white background business headshots.

I hope you like the photography blog about the Harrison Liverpool business photoshoot, I will update it again so keeping checking the blog. If you would like to request a topic for the blog please don’t hesitate to ask me and I will get to work on it.

Phill.
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2015-09-10
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Merseyside photographer, Triumph Motobike shoot.

Hello,

As a professional photographer working in Merseyside and around the North of England I shoot many different types of products and services for business. I enjoy it not matter what the business is, but when you are asked to to a photography commission for something else that you are passionate about then it can be something really special.

I did this photo shoot of an old Triumph motorbike which has some parts upgraded, you can see the modern suspension and the wheels. It is a cool looking bike. I have shot these bikes in a photography studio environment.  I used lots of studio flashes to get a even lighting on the background I didn’t use any softboxes, I wanted some lights to be a fake sunlight and the other lights are used to fill in deep shadow areas on the bike itself so the detail in the engine can be seen, I have back lit the bike slightly to create strong shadows in the foreground.

Once the shoot was finished and when I had processed the images I got to work in Photoshop, I changed the colour of the background as I shoot the bike on white. I changed it to a colour that would match the colours on the paintwork of the bike which helps to aesthetics of the photograph. Its complimentary and helps to join subject and background together to work in a harmony. I gives the photograph balance, I think the other reason why it works so well is the composition, the position of the bike in the frame. Its all aspects of the design that goes into an image when it is being created. There are so many variants but with experience and control they all come together and make for premium photography.

I hope you like my photography blog about Pack-Photo, Merseyside photographer. Please get in touch if you have a motorbike or car that you would like a professional photographer to work with you on.

Thanks,

Phillip.
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2015-09-10
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Liverpool Product Photography, Location shoot

Hello again,

I wanted to talk about some location photography which Pack-Photo has worked on, this shoot was for a Liverpool Marketing company. The client is called ‘Power-tech’.

The shoot is for home work-out equipment so the location for the shoot was set in a garden, the model was sourced from a local gym so she is the real deal. It was good to get a model who knows about how to do an effective work-out because she could guide me in what exercises are going to work with the equipment we are photographing.

I didn’t want to use too much photography equipment, I used a Nikon flash gun with a wireless flash trigger and placed them on a lighting stand. The flash is positioned to the right of the camera and I have balanced the power of the light to work with the ambient light from the Sun, I used a diffuser on the flash and the flash was on at full power, to control the brightness I choose to move the flash closer or further away rather than altering the flash gun power levels. The time was around 3.30pm and the light was fading.

I wanted the focus to be reduced for the background which helps the subject to stand out, I used f/8 which gives the look I had in mind. I am very happy with how the photograph turned out, I did some tweaks to the photograph in Photoshop, I made a new layer, only selected the background and altered the levels, saturation, contrast as it needed a boost to look like a technically perfect final photograph.

I hope you liked my talk on Pack-photo’s Liverpool Product Photography, Location shoot. Please get in touch if you are looking for a professional photographer and I will be happy to answer any questions you have.
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2015-09-10
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Hello again,

I am going to chat about the image that is on all of the Pack-Photo marketing material. Its an image of to wooden hands touching, it is made to be recognized for referencing a famous painting by Michelangelo ‘The Creation of Adam’. Its a post-modern technique which is to use concepts that are already well known and to re-use them, sometimes it looks like a straight copy and other times it looks like a clever reference which makes the viewer feel intelligent when they get the reference.

I took the image on a large format digital camera, I took several shots of the hands in different positions which were later imported into Photoshop. I cut out the wooden hands and dropped them into a graduated grey background. It was a simple image to produce but very effective, this image is more about the concept and aesthetics than anything else.

I wanted to show off my Photography skills but also to show that I can do more than just technical product photography but conceptual photography too. I have chosen to use the image in my marketing material as it symbolizes beings connecting to each other which is the reason why people want to use photography for business, it connects to the viewer, photography can reach out to an audience in a way other mediums can not. I hope you like to image and Pack-Photo’s commercial photography. If you do then please leave a comment.

Thanks for reading.
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Premium Photoshop retouching, Liverpool

Hello everyone,

I wanted to do a show and tell of one of my images. It is of a puddle which I have made into the shape of the UK using Photoshop and my retouching skills, it takes a lot of work to create an image like this and I am going to reveal how it was made.

The first and most important part of this image was to have the concept before starting to take images, having a vision of what you want to create and that if all goes to plan it will be a successful image is so very important, when making this I almost gave up as I became concerned it would not work. It took around 7 hours to retouch in Photoshop and I used 5 different images to create it. I used my Mamiya RZ 67 Pro II medium format film camera, I shot it using slide film and scanned in the slides to my computer.

I took shots of different puddles which had different shapes, I did this so I could cut out small pieces and drop them onto one chosen puddle image from which to build on, using layer masks I could blend the pieces into the main image, the final result is a subtle shape which was my intention, I wanted to include Northern Ireland but I knew that another puddle next to this one wouldn’t look the best. One of my images of puddles had a wet leaf in it and I thought that it would work well.

When I showed the image to others, even to other photographers, they would ask me “how did you find a puddle in that shape” well I didn’t but I shows that the image works so well, deceiving even other professionals is a great accomplishment.

The image won a photography flair competition held by Creativematch website. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog.

Phill.
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