Articles for Members

Welcome to this articles page, where you can access learning that builds on the essential core knowledge and teachings of the course. Everything here is geared to helping you continue to improve as a photographer, to help you achieve your goal of shooting great product images.

I know these tutorials will develop your workflow and raise the level of your understanding and image creation.

Have fun!

Bottle Lighting

Bottle Lighting and Element Shooting – Masterclass

Working as a professional photographer can see me test-shoot for a client. This is an opportunity for me to learn about the clients products and practice my skills. This masterclass takes you through a real test shoot, and see’s me getting to grips with a bottle shot in the studio.

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Essential Preparation

Essential Preparation for A High Quality Product Shot

Essential Preparation and care before we shoot any image is very important if we want to reduce the chance of mistakes happening that we then have to ‘fix’ in retouching. Whether you do your own retouching or give it to someone else, wasting post production time to correct basic errors is not a professional approach to working.

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Photoshop Retouching Article - Shoot Products Like A pro

Photoshop Retouching – What Works For Me!

I can teach you great product photography skills, but I am not ignoring the fact that photoshop plays an important role in how we work. This article takes you though my retouching decisions using a shot from PS Top Tip Session 6. It will be best to read the article before watching the video, to help keep the content in context!

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PS TOP TIP SESSION 6 – The Angle of Dangle

Once you know ‘Why’ you are taking a product shot, or in other words when you are clear on your result you want to achieve, how do you go about ensuring you build that into your workflow? This tutorial works through the method needed to guarantee that result.

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Premium Looking Image_Product Photography Course

Masterclass on How to Shoot a Premium Looking Image

You have just been asked to supply a hero product shot, a Premium Looking Image. Do you know and understand the process involved? What do you need to do to raise the level of your photography to a high standard of creativity? I can help you start this process with this Masterclass.

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Understanding Your Product

Understanding Your Product

Understanding you product and finding the reason ‘why’ you are about to take a photograph is not hard. This article takes you through practical examples of my folio work and experience, where I have had to understand clearly, before shooting, what exactly I want to communicate with my product shot.

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Visual Communication in Practice

Visual Communication in Practice

Visual Language in Practice. Have you seen PS Top Tip Session 4? This article supports that session where we discuss the topic of talking visually through images. What should we be aware of to make us better communicators? Watch both of these articles to improve your visual language skills

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Product Photography Articles

PS TOP TIP SESSION 4 – Visual Language

Communication of an image, what the viewer see’s and how they feel can be hugely controlled by us through the world of Visual Language. If we can understand and know how we can define what we want to say with the right describing words, our job of communication gets a whole lot easier!

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Lighting Types in use

Lighting Types and Their Uses

This article updates you on my thought processes about lighting types, and what I think is good for product photography and why. Technology is moving quickly and now there is more choice than ever for the discerning photographer

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Simplify your set up

Simplifying Your Set Up

In this article, we are looking at tweaking the mindset and approach when considering your set up. It’s very important when starting off, that your set up stays simple and basic. There will be plenty of opportunity to go crazy soon enough! Very often we see tutorials and examples of work from pro photographers, like…

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Simple Lighting

PS TOP TIP SESSION 3 – Simple Lighting

The lesson in this tutorial is this…Keeping things like lighting simple will help your photography improve. Something does not need to be complex in order for it to be effective. This 3rd tutorial session demonstrates how we should go about setting our shots up, the easy way!

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Small Space

PS TOP TIP SESSION 2 – Small Space, Big Imagination

This session deals with the concept of the small space and limited lighting. From talking to the members of Shoot Products Like A Pro, this can be a problem. So, I set myself a test to see what I would do when faced with similar challenges.

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product photographers kit

PS TOP TIP SESSION 1 – A Product Photographers Kit!

I go to great lengths to let you know it is not necessary to have lots of kit to starting off on your product photography journey. However, If you really want to know what I would recommend you have around when setting up a studio, here are my thoughts. I hope you have as many laughs watching it as I had making it!

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Interview with Phil Sills

Interview with Phil Sills

Trust fulfils a big role in helping us choose where and how we interact online. I want to ensure you know as much about me and my product photography course and tuition as you can.  Then you can make educated decisions about whether you want to join me and this community.

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