Product Photography

Wanting to gain new skills in other areas of photography, I’ve taken workshops to improve as well as add to my portfolio. Here are some samples of what I’ve done in product photography.

Perfume
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For the last image, it was a combination of two images. One with and one without the splash. While I did use a tripod to try to keep things in the same spot for editing later, things did move around and therefore the two images didn’t line up exactly when I tried to align them in Photoshop. So I tried to guesstimate at best to center the product and get it as close as possible for proper editing. Here are the originals below. Combined together, I managed to create a final image without the arm and the pouring water. What I wanted was the splashing portion and nothing more. The image without the splash was really there to have a clear crisp view of the bottle as well as to make the editing easier so I won’t have to clone out the pouring water in the most difficult areas.

© Grecel Nepomuceno All Rights Reserved

© Grecel Nepomuceno All Rights Reserved

There is more to come with product photography

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Being Comfortable in Your Own Skin

Boudoir

*Please note, this blog is NSFW (Not Safe For Work)*

While I contemplated on how to position these photos online for social media, I wondered what the purpose might be. Do I go down that route of having to explain myself? Then I thought, well, maybe not. These photos are what they are. I actually wanted to showcase what I have done on top of the portraits I’ve already posted. I also wanted to show diversity and growth in my work. As with many of the photo shoots I attended at this specific studio, I attained model releases allowing me limited release (for non-commercial usage such as portfolios). Never do I release professional photographs online for my portfolio without the permission of people in the photos.

Then I remembered why I wanted to write this blog in the first place.

Quite a while ago after I was laid off from work, I immediately got a job within weeks. It was a seasonal job, yes, but it was nice to know I had something to tide me over until at least Christmas. I was mainly there to produce personalized calendars and photo books. Possibly you’ve seen them before? If not, at the very least check out Costco. Not to say I’m solely promoting Costco. I’m sure there are many companies out there that can create these personalized items. Just that Costco is a recognizable shopping place for people in North America.

Anyhow, I actually enjoyed creating personalized photo books and calendars. Every now and then, I helped out with greeting cards also. The best ones were the professionally done photos. You could tell these families put a lot of effort into putting these photos together for a good looking photo book. The end result would be memories captured and bound and will be kept for a very long time.

Sometimes, we’d come across boudoir style photo books. Some were professionally done…. and some…ahem….well….. were not. The difference was definitely there. Those who decided to do their own selfies  were probably too embarrassed to ask a professional or didn’t want to shell out the big bucks to get it done right. Whatever the reason for doing it, we actually preferred those who chose the professional route. We were allowed to process these photo books because of the artistic style of the photographs (whether you agree with it or not). It can boost the confidence of the person in the photos if done right. The biggest tip I can give to those thinking about a boudoir style photo shoot and then deciding on going through with it – do ask for a portfolio, recommendations and be clear on whether or not you give permission for photo release. Otherwise, the photos you paid for are for you specifically.

Without much further ado:

Milk Bath//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

Milk Bath//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

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Rain//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

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Portraits From the Studio

Dance

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Light Photography

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Beauty

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Traveling for work

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In the past year, here’s some of where I’ve been to for on location photo shoots: Kingsville, Uxbridge, Wheatley, Hamilton Place, Johnny Rocco’s Italian Grill and Stone Mill Inn in Thorold, and  United Communities Credit Union Complex in Amhersburg.

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Whenever I visit Windsor area like Harrow, Amherstburg, Wheatley and Kingsville, I will stop by Point Pelee National Park in Leamington. Here’s what I took from my most recent visits:

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Revisiting Point Pelee//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

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© Grecel Nepomuceno All Rights Reserved

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Capturing Your Memories

Capturing Memories

Tips for Improving Your Photography and Capturing the Best Moments

• Learn your camera and its functions so you can make the best use of what of you have and make decisions based on what you want to photograph.
• Don’t let those expensive cameras fool you. Just as a good oven doesn’t cook good food on its own, a camera doesn’t take a good photo on its own.
• Don’t be a camera snob. Expensive does not mean better. Practice helps you improve.
• Snartphone cameras are good for those quick, in-the moment shots. They’re light to carry and handy since you’re likely to have it on you for calls.
• Tripods are your friend. It  can help you take photos that require long exposures as well as selfies when necessary.
• Take photographs from different perspectives as well as at different settings, even use filters or change tint. Slightest changes can improve a photo.
• Popular tourist spots tend to get crowded. Getting out early enough will allow you to get the best shots and in clear view without no one in the photo.
• Sunrise photography require getting up very early in the summer – 5:30am is a good starting mark. The sun moves very quickly and by 7am, the sun is already high and may be too bright for the deep orange and red tones. You can try to adjust settings to create a darker image.
• Depending on your perspective, Photoshop  and other editing software is the best/worst thing ever. You can improve your photos but it’s also a lot of work. If you want to do the least amount of work on your photographs, learn how to achieve different looks using your camera skills. Plan well.
• Things don’t have to be perfect every time. Sometimes capturing something in the moment is more fun.
• Photograph in RAW if you have software to process it. Jpeg images are compressed and holds less image information. Raw files produce better quality photos, white balance can be adjusted and you can do non-destructive editing.
• Yes, sometimes I use filters on my camera phone, but I don’t do it all the time. Just because it’s available, it doesn’t have to be used every time. Lately, I’ve noticed how selfies and Instagram filters have changed the perspective of young people and how they feel about themselves.
• It’s great to look at what others do for inspiration, but also create your own style.
• I’ve heard different debates on the best brand cameras, best editing software, how to photograph (natural lighting vs. strobes), but really…I just like to learn what I can so I have options to create the best images.
• I regret the moments when I didn’t take a photograph when the opportunity was there.
• Find friends or interest groups who want to do the same things as you do. No one really wants to wait for you unless they have the same goals. I fall behind in hikes trying to photograph things. I also managed to get out early on Sturgeon Bay Campground for that very early sunrise on a kayak.
• Photograph what you love, even when you’re a professional photographer. Someone may l like your personal work and hire you for those things.

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Get Connected

Getting connected on social media helps to show others what I have been up to. What I find is that different platforms feed different needs. For example, on my official Facebook page, people like practical photography tips. I try to balance that with works that I have done. On Twitter, I like to make quick and easy tweets on things that I have done socially and some works. With Google Plus, I do tend to show more of my works, but ones that have not been posted on other social media sites. Finally, on Instagram, I will post my adventures in food, travel and culture. I do try to be aware of those who follow me on various platforms and not feed them the same photos. I also like to show a bit of versatility while showing what I love on various sites. Various sites for various purposes.

While I try to expand my skills and try new things like corporate photography that include more product photography, I have finally added a new social media site to promote more of my work – Model Mayhem. This is more so to get connected with others in the same industry so that we can help promote each other as well as use each other’s services.

Check me out here:

Official Portfolio

http://grecelnepomuceno.wix.com/portfolio

Model Mayhem

http://www.modelmayhem.com/iFoxyGN

Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/ifoxy_gn/

Facebook

 

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Creating a Virtual Tour for a Small Business

Trends, for the last few years at least, is leaning more towards videos to help promote businesses. Its competitive edge help to demonstrate what a business can do for consumers. I was able to create a virtual tour for a small business which launched on their website near the end of January of this year. Although a bit lengthy, the business owner wanted to capture the daily routines of their business to address most frequently asked questions. They were happy with the result and feedback on the video were positive.

Cats Castle provides a temporary cat boarding service for people who need pet care for reasons that include going on vacation, moving to a new place or renovations. Check out the videos below and don’t forget to visit Cat’s Castle’s website: http://catscastle.ca/.

 

 

Below is a short tutorial on how to navigate Cat’s Castle’s official Facebook page to find photos of cats who board here. Although it may be simple enough for those of us who frequent Facebook often, there are those who are not on it. Although it may be unbelievable since membership accounts are in the billions, I know of some that just don’t care and don’t want to be caught up in social media. As long as someone has access the internet, they can visit any business’ official Facebook page without an account.

 

 

Looking, in a continued effort to expand my skillset, I would like to move more towards corporate and product photography. There is much to be learned and many resources to look though I starting with Lynda.com. I have also bought Geekology 2.0 by Jay Tablante. He is a Filipino photographer whose skills are just as impressive as his diverse portfolio The book itself is mainly about cosplay, but what I am more interested in is his process in creating his images.

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