There has been a flurry of new starters at 2020 with three team members joining in the last month. Last year we devised a fun but also highly scientfic personality test “Sweet, Sour, Bath, Shower”
Rather than asking a set of tried and tested questions, we thought we would make the project a bit more graphic and ask some slightly different questions. We based the design around our brand colours and business cards. The new recruits were given a list of “Which do you prefer” questions and the coloured answer is the one they chose. See if you agree with what they went for:
Gavin has taken over as Senior Designer, with plenty of ideas and experinces gained from working as both an in-house designer and within a publishing company.
Mark joins us as our Business Relationship Manager. This is a new role within the company so we’re very excited by what he can bring to the table, to both our exsisting and prospective clients.
Harriet is joining us for three months on a placement while completing her third year in Graphic Design at the University of Hull. It’s a pleasure to have her on board and hopefully she’ll go back with a real understanding of how a professional photography and design studio operatates.
If you’d like to compare their answers to the other exsiting staff here’s a recap from last year!
Please give the studio a call on 0113 272 0277 to find out how one of our wonderful team members could help you with your Photography, Design or Print needs.
Did you know that a huge 90% of people who receive a promotional product remember the name of the advertiser on the item?
Personalising products with your company logo is a very successful way of getting your brand noticed and remembered. Suppliers are constantly working to improve and add new exciting things to their product range making it possible to personalise anything from a pen to a unique product such as floating cups!
- The most popular promotional products tend to be the ones people constantly come in contact with such as pens, notebooks and mugs. Products like these are useful, appreciated, used repeatedly and kept meaning they are a constant source of advertising. In terms of customers retaining promotional products, it was found that 47% of people receiving promotional products keep them for more than a year. That is a lot of time for your logo & brand name to be seen!
- In fact the use of promotional products as an advertising medium alone generates great results- up to 69% in increasing brand interest and 84% in creating a good impression of the brand.
- Comparing this to other ways of getting your company noticed and remembered, such as TV adverts – promotional products definitely come out on top. A lot of homes now have TV’s that have the ability to completely skip through the adverts meaning the advertisement you paid incredible amounts of money for hasn’t actually been seen by a large amount of people watching the channel.
Creating a good impression is an important part of every business and often results in an increase in sales, so what better way to create a good impression than by giving your customers a free promotional gift? After all, everybody loves getting something nice for free!
This Years Products
2020 recently visited the Trade Only Show in Coventry to take a look at new industry trends. The event saw more than 3,000 visitors over its two day run making the event the most successful ever. There were more suppliers exhibiting than ever before with 350 different stands. It was also Lauren’s first time to visit the Trade Only Show and she was overwhelmed by all the different products available, especially products such as pens with memory sticks on the end, floating cups and so much more!
The Cosmetics and Homewares were even more impressive this year; for example the lip balms with the new full colour dome (photo above) that are also available as mints. The quality of the print really stands out from the rest and makes a great giveaway!
Another product that stands out is the sport themed lip balms. These come in a variety of different styles such as rugby balls, golf balls, footballs and tennis balls which makes them a fun alternative to your regular lip balm stick.
Another unique product guaranteed to make your customers smile is the pocket mate mini kit. These handy kits include a selection of cosmetic products tailored for:
- Sport- including deodorant, plasters and wipes.
- Festival- great for the upcoming festival season.
- Flight- handy for people who travel often.
- Hangovers- including mints, face spray, a cooling gel eye mask and Alka-Seltzer!
The diverse range of promotional products at the Trade Only Show were very impressive and we’re excited to see the products continue to improve and evolve in future shows. We can’t wait until next year to see what they’ve got on offer!
For a free catalogue showing the range of products we supply or for further information on any promotional products please call 0113 272 0277
About This Blog:
Blog written and photographs taken by our studio apprentice at 2020.
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We have a wide range of experience in product photography, recently we have been focusing on cosmetics. Simon, one of our inhouse photographers is quite an expert in this area having previously worked with clients such as Avon. He explains in detail the steps he has taken to achieve these stunning product shots.
“Miss Dior” by Dior
The first product “Miss Dior” is a playful and elegant fragrance, we wanted to reflect this in the imagery. The starting point is an simple plain background shot.
The Miss Dior on a plain white perspex background.
The shot for the background was a long and intricate process which involved dropping ink into water. We think you’ll agree it was worth it! First Simon dug out his old fish tank and after a good clean, filled it to the brim with water. He then experimented with inks, mixing subtle pastel colours that complimented the baby pink fragrance.
The consistency of the ink had to be just right; thick enough that it didn’t dissolve immediately and not so thick that it just formed a solid shape in the water. Once the consistency was perfected it was a case of pouring both inks into the tank simultaneously. Using a fast shutter speed, combined with high speed flash, he captured the exact moment that the inks hit the water. The inks bubbled, swirled and mixed to create the intriguing colours and abstract forms you see in the the final shot.
Simon continued to empty and refill the tank until he achieved a bank of images to select elements from. Using Photoshop he merged them together to create the alluring textures that make up the backdrop.
The finished article!
A beatiful bottle floating in a sea of fragent clouds.
Ted Baker “Tour de Ted”
For this Ted Baker “Tour de Ted” Body maintenance kit Simon took a different approach. The product features a very bold, crisp & clean design which he wanted to mirror in the final image. Unlike the “Miss Dior” shot this was captured in one shot.
After artworking the bottles, the next step is to produce the background. As the product branding is based on cycling it was fitting to explore bike influenced brush sets for Photoshop. Using various blending modes graphics were added to the image to generate interest and set it apart from a simple plain background shot. The finishing touch was to tweek the background colour to the the vibrant orange of the product. We think the end result is worthy of a yellow jersey!
Marc Jacobs “Daisy”
Our third illustrates just how much post production work goes into high quality shots. We have outlined below the steps taken to achieve the final shot for this Marc Jacobs “Daisy” fragrance.
The bottle is polished and photographed on white perspex background. As the lighting needs to be different to capture the details of the top and the bottle two shots are taken and combined together.
Care and attention to detail were fundamental in achieving the finished to achieve the finished image of the bottle top.
The petals were brightened, the shadows highlighted and a smooth finish applied resulting in the following effect.
The chrome was polished and given a gradient, reflections are removed and flower centres checked for consistency.
Starting to look pretty impressive!
The finishing touches were to bring out the pink in the liquid and then contrast that by having a pure white background and redue the reflection to give the shot a subtle finish.
Here is the finished version with an added graphic background that lends itself perfectly to promote the product.
Jean Paul Gaultier “Classique”
Our final product is the quintessential Jean Paul Gaultier fragrance “Classique” tattoo special edition. Simon produced two shots here – one which drew on the colour tones of the product and the other which took its influence from the hand drawn style of the art on the bottle.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this insight into the creation of our recent cosmetic photography. Hopefully we’ve inspired you to try out some new techniques or perhaps experiment with a new style. If you would like to know more about our process or have a product you would like us to photograph, retouch or apply a unique background to please contact us on 0113 272 0277.
Introducing 2020’s newest team member; a bigger and better digital press! We thought it was time for an upgrade so have taken the plunge and now have a shiny new Konica C6000. This now means we can print to higher standard – quicker, bigger and brighter!
So how is this better for you? Well, our print quality is vastly improved whilst our prices are staying exactly the same. One of the most exciting features is the possibility to print seamlessly up to 1.2 metres. This gives us the opportunity to offer a much larger range of fold out brochures and leaflets. Our design team can advise you on a bespoke and original layout that will make your corporate literature stand out from your competitors.
For those of you in a hurry:
High quality print Bigger print size
In house designers Dedicated print team
Fast Turnaround Free local delivery
A selection of print we produced for drilling company Halco
To celebrate the arrival of our digital press we are offering a free delivery service for local businesses. That teamed with our fast turnaround times mean we are the go to printers for LS11 and LS27 (Holbeck, Beeston, Cottingley, Morley, Churwell, Middleton, Dewsbury Road) and the surrounding areas. If you’re further afield though, it’s not a problem as we can arrange a courier service to deliver your print as quickly as possible.
So for brochures, leaflets, business cards, letterheads and flyers please give us a call on
0113 272 0277 for a quote.
Home » Blog » What type of product photography is right for you?
Posted on January 10th, 2014 by Tom Girling
Good product photography shows your products to their best advantage. If you want to make your products more desirable to your customers and increase your sales there are a few different routes you can take.
White Background photography is most commonly seen in catalogues and is also prevalent online. It is widely used for its crisp, clinical style that puts full attention on the product.
One of the advantages of white background photography lies in its relatively low costs which make it a common medium for large volumes of product.
It’s also very well suited to the web as the images generally have a smaller file size and can sit on a webpage seamlessly without a border.
Here, the same image has been “clipped” meaning it can be dropped seamlessly into a brochure or website without a border.
Using a black background adds a different look and feel. It’s often used to showcase high-end or luxury products. Coloured backgrounds and textures add interest and can give your photography the edge against a white background. Black can work especially well with glass and chrome products, highlighting reflective surfaces and creating contrast against lighter surfaces.
Cameo shots are often used to highlight great selling features and details of a product. Whether it is intricate stitching on a leather suite or a dial on an electronic appliance, they help showcase your product to its full potential.
A lifestyle or styled shot helps to convey a setting and level of emotion that is hard to achieve with a white or coloured background. Styled shots help to make products more desirable by showing them in a real life situation, altertatively they can be propped in a more conceptual manner which can be equally as effective.
Here we see how the same toaster can be styled in very alternative ways to appeal to a different target market.
A lifestyle shot is much more personal to your brand and can be tailored to your product and target audience, making it unique and far more valuable as marketing material.
To achive a high quality styled shot we work with experienced stylists who will ensures that you get the best possible look for your product.
If you would like to talk to us about our Product photography service then please give the studio a call on 0113 272 0277 to discuss what style would be most suited to your needs
We’ve created this dazzling image for Bonfire night. Its created using a technique called light writing or light drawing. By using a long exposure a trail of light is captured giving the effect you see here. We’ve used a sparkler to give it that Bonfire night feel.
What’s it all about?
Pablo Picasso’s experiments in light drawing in 1949 were fairly revolutionary and helped bring the medium to the attention of the art world and in turn the greater public. The work came about as a result of a collaboration with Gjon Mili of LIFE magazine who later published the photos.
Another interesting innovation came when French designer Alissa Logerot came up with the LED spray can. As an alternative to spray paint graffiti the bulb is charged by the kinetic energy generated when you shake the can. This coupled with the option of different caps for different effects gives the concept an authentic feel. Here are some of the results.
How do you create your own?
Firstly you’ll need a dark environment, if you want just the light trail to be visible then the darker the better. If its not completely dark you’ll get a blurred image of whoever is doing the light writing. This isn’t always a bad thing and having a figure can give the image context and create a striking ghost like effect. Next you need to have a play with your settings. The longer you set your exposure the more light you’ll be able to fit in. We used a 8 second exposure at F16, but half the fun is in experimenting so give it a go yourself.
After we were happy with the form we added smoke in photoshop to give the image a little more interest.
5 Top Tips for light drawings:
- The brighter and more defined the light you use the better – LEDs work well as they throw out a bright and concentrated light.
- Make sure you keep the end of the light in the same field of focus for a clean, crisp image.
- It can help if you use a visual marker for the edges of the frame so that you fill it to its entirety.
- If you’ve set your exposure to 8 seconds then you can count to 8 in your head whilst drawing your image to make sure you fit it all in.
- Try not to move too quickly as the image can blur or distort and to create thicker lines try going back over the same areas.
An example of light drawing graffiti using the surrounds to its advantage.
An exciting Batman inspired image, don’t worry if you can’t achive these kind of results, a lot of work will have gone into the post preduction on a shot like this!
If you would like more information on our photography service then please give us a call on 0113 272 0277 or drop into our Leeds based studio.