This is a shoot by Garage Studios Lighting expert, and great photographer Natasha Alipour-Faridani. We have worked with Tash for several months now, she headed up the Lighting Team on the big set shoot for DD that is in the blogs below, and numerous other shoots, assisting on Maccabees Cover shoot, some Fashion Editorial amongst others. She cant make a good cup of coffee but she sure as heck can make some fantastic images.
She has done some stunning shots of fruit before, very unusual still life work, but decided to push the idea a lot further this time.
Lighting this specific takes a long time, and removing all reflections or positioning them exactly where you need them is the key to this kind of work. When the product is covered in Gloss paint it makes it a lot trickier.
So the set up shots first.
Tash originally started out with three heads (Bowens 500w monoblocs), and a few hours later arrived at 5 lights and some bounce boards and flags.
garage studios product shoot wide set-up (tash)
In this wide shot, the beauty dish is set a 1/16th power, reading f11, the strip softbox 1/8th power, reading f8, bounce head in umbrella power at 1/32 reading f5.6, the 2 bare metal reflector heads on the back wall were set at 1/2 power, reading f11 (from each head). The camera was set at f13, 1/125 iso 160.
As you can see quite an elaborate set-up. The back light heads are just to throw the background into a poppin white. The banana is a fair distance from the wall to prevent light bleeding onto the subject. In a smaller studio you could achieve a similar result using flags either side.
The beauty dish is providing the main light and the softbox is adding some fill and the very distinctive and painterly highlight on the side of the banana. The bounce umbrella adds a little lift to the image.
garage studios product shoot banana one colour
The banana was tested numerous times before the paint was added, but was markedly different then as its not naturally reflective surface. The gloss yellow was added, more tests were done. The brown paint was added and then just a few shots later Tash had her image. The obvious reference point is the Warhol image, but tash has really brought something distinctive to this work, as you can see below.
garage studios product shoot Dandy Banana Final Shot
We are happy to shoot packshot and other product work so please get in touch if you need anything, we are confident in Tash’s hands you get a brilliant set of images. Tash is also available as a Lighting Assistant for hire on any shoots, studio or location. Contact us for rates.
We will also be uploading a blog soon of in-house photographer M.Halls Fixed Gear bike shoots, soon to be published by Laurence King Publishing house, but we are still waiting on the editor to approve which images we can use before publication date. But hold tight cos they are great.