What type of photography are you looking for?
James Billett is a product photographer in Bristol with a studio nearby Temple Meads. Producr Photography is a term that encompasses all types of product related photography including packshot photography, e-commerce photography, commercial photography, tabletop photography, and advertising photography. Each of these subjects can be standalone or have significant overlap with each other.
If you are looking for product photographs the best position you can put yourself in is to know exactly which images you need and how you are going to use them.
Photography for Etsy, Amazon , eBay, Not On The Highstreet (NOTHS) and similar online selling channels started off with product images on a pure white background. Some of these now adopt a focus on more styled photography. Etsy and NOTHS for example, if you look at the majority of their sellers, they images that show the product in an environment in which the product was intended for.
Alternatively, Sellers on Amazon use a selection of images including styled photographs in a created environment as well as images of products on a pure white background. eBay prefers images to be online a pure white background.
Each of these selling channels have preferred file sizes and crops that work best on their site. If you need images it is important to let your photographer know which websites you are going to use these images as this means the images can be prepared specifically for the websites.
Are you looking for a photographer to make images for your website? Website photographs generally fall into a few categories: product photography and advertising photography. If your website sells a product or service your website will, depending on the product or service, have a space to market this product which is where product photography is used for your website.
On more general pages of your website, images that convey a sense of lifestyle and the aspirational values attached to the product can be used. This is generally seen as advertising photography. Product and advertising can, depending on the requirements be very different types of photography.
Packshot photographs or Packshot photography is a term used for images that would be created for the packaging of a product. This could be anything from a toy to a cosmetic product. More recently the term is used more broadly for any kind of product photography.
Packshots or packshot photographs will usually be ‘cutout’ this means the product will be drawn around very carefully and separated from its background and then placed into a design file from which the packaging is printed. A similar process is done when a product needs to be photographed on a pure white background.
Advertising photography is a more meticulously planned discipline of photography. Driven by a creative brief and an art director, usually from an Advertising Agency. Advertising photography is often aspirational and supports or presents an idea or message about a product or service.
Photographs made for Advertising can be very complicated, time consuming and require a team of people working on project. Advertising photography has the best returns when used with an advertising strategy or campaign.
Still life photography is a term used for the depiction of multiple static subjects. Food photography is a good example of still life photography.
"James produced some lovely close shots for a packaging company we were working with. He did some great test shots and was flexible as the scope shifted. Finished shots were nicely touched up and coloured. Top man, thoroughly recommended."
"I commission James multiple times of times a year and and his photography is always spot on. More than happy to recommend James as a photographer. He is adept at following brief and delivering the right pictures.."
"I have been working with James on a regular basis this year and hope to continue to do so as his eye for property photography is just what we need for our marketing images. We are working through an extensive portfolio of work and James is easy to get on with and very flexible on dates and times for photo shoots. The holiday property owners we work with are delighted too."