commercial photography


Motion Portraits or Cinemagraph

Posted on May 22nd, by admin in Blog, commercial photography, motion. No Comments

I’d love to introduce you to a cinemagraph. They are also call motion portraits.  Or “that moving thing you do”. Be sure to wave your hands other wise I won’t know what you are talking about. What ever you call them, they have a dreamy quality.  Kind of like a great silent dream.  Enjoy.



Why Tether the Camera

Posted on May 22nd, by admin in About the Process, commercial photography. No Comments

During a commercial session, Chapters Photography tethers the camera to a 15″ macbook pro laptop so you can view the image right away.  If more than two or three people are in the decision making process then I can bring my 30″ monitor. All monitors have been calibrated to industry standards. Once you are happy with the lighting and background, then the fun begins.  We can photograph may pieces an hour with consistent lighting and color through the shoot.  For high color consistency I can include a calibrated color checker so you can maintain color and density throughout the design process.



Bronk’s Knife Works

Lyle from Bronk’s Knife Works in Bothell, Wa needed to have some of his custom knifes photographed for a commercial website.  Knifes are difficult to photograph because of the variety of angles, textures, color and finish.  With Lyle’s hand crafted knifes, I need to place the highlights to show the “shine” and shape of the blade.  Also shadows can be used to show depth of the handle.  The hardest knife to photograph was the rail road spike knife.  There were so many colors from the deep blues in the handle to the yellows of the tip.  It was like photographing a sunset.  I wanted more of a “portrait” look to the finished image.  When photographing people I would pick colors and textures of the background so the subject stands out.  In this case I wanted the knife to really stand out.  Lyle spend up to 60 … Read More »