I have a friend, Jeanette, who is a potter. For years, i have been thinking about taking pictures of her when she works with her craft. Just recently, it finally happened. I will be helping her set up a website and we have been working on photos for the site.
We want a series of photos that show the craft and the process of making pottery. Hands working at the pottery wheel is such a fascinating subject and we need to get some good shots of that. On the day i was in her workshop, the sun was coming in really harshly, which made the pottery wheel shots very contrasty. We’ll work on that again some day when the light is softer. Or maybe we’ll just throw a diffuser in to soften things up a bit.
Product photos of the pottery
The site will have an online store. I got a box full of her products and i was thinking about these photos. Since she will be adding products over time, i need to have a standard setup where the light and style is easy to reproduce. I set up some products on one of my food photography surfaces with another surface as a background. I used a flash 45 degrees left and 45 degrees left and a white reflector card just outside of the frame on the right to throw some light back from that side. I turned off all ambient light in the studio and used flash white balance.
This should be fairly easy to reproduce in just a few minutes when new products are added. I might look into creating a curved background to avoid the edge between surface and backdrop, because depending on the size of the subject, it’s difficult to get the edge in the same place in all photos and when you see them side by side, it doesn’t look cool.
Check out Jeanette’s work. She has a new Instagram account for her pottery photos.