Creative Product Photography at #FleaRetreat

Creative Product Photography at #FleaRetreat

In case you missed my previous post, I wrote about my trip to Croydon Hall in Minehead last weekend and my experience of The Flea Retreat hosted by Tots100.

One of the classes I really enjoyed was the Creative Product Photography taken by Derek Lomas.  I am not a huge fan of flat-lays. Don’t get me wrong, I do like them but I prefer the magazine-style look and this is exactly what Derek showed us.

Creative Product Photography

One of the things that was regularly touched upon was the back light. Derek showed us this set up using a back light behind a roll of tracing paper held up on a coat rail. The item being photographed was then placed on a piece of white perspex. He recommend this light from Screwfix for the backlight: The gin bottle also had a sidelight on it – and, to ensure that you could still see the label, he placed a piece of white paper behind the bottle – although you can’t actually see it in the photo.

I took photos using my Canon 80D camera with a 24-70mm lens on manual mode. The settings for the sunglasses were a shutter speed of 1/125 ISO 200 and an aperture of 3.5. The bottles with the water settings were a shutter speed of 1/5000, ISO of 6400 and aperture of 5.0. The gin bottle settings were a shutter speed of 1/50, ISO of 200 and 5.0 aperture.

Derek’s advice was amazing. It was easy to understand and informative. All the kit he recommended was inexpensive and everything he showed us wasn’t too difficult which made it easy for even the newest photographers to set up and use.

If you have any questions about the class and the techniques he used, then please do ask me in the comments below and I will my best to answer them for you.

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  1. April 30, 2018 / 2:37 pm

    Hi Victoria, very magazine worthy photos! The first photomade me look twice, but the hair product one is my favourite. I would love to do a workshop like this.


  2. April 29, 2018 / 9:18 pm

    It sounds like a really helpful workshop! I do like flatlays, but I too much prefer the magazine style look!

  3. April 29, 2018 / 5:24 pm

    Wow talk about insider tips. Your results are amazing. Love your photos!

  4. April 29, 2018 / 3:54 pm

    Those are amazing, I find product photography so tricky. It looks a brilliant workshop

    Have a good Sunday

    Thank you for linking up to #MySundayPhoto

  5. April 29, 2018 / 8:56 am

    I love this. Your pictures are amazing. I am really wanting to work on my photography so this was really interesting to see how you got these images!

  6. RaisieBay
    April 29, 2018 / 8:35 am

    Your photos turned out brilliantly Victoria, wasn’t Derek great!

  7. April 29, 2018 / 6:55 am

    Those are very cool photos. I’m not a fan of flat lays either! I don’t mind seeing them on other people’s blogs/ IG, but I never do them myself.
    Hope you had a good time at Flea Retreat.

  8. April 29, 2018 / 6:54 am

    Sheet of perspex! Amazing! SO that’s how it’s done. Guess what I’mm off to buy? Such as useful post Victoria, thank you! #mysundayphoto

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