For the last week, I have been working with a lens I hired, The Nikon 105mm VR F2.8 Macro. This lens is a stocky number that oozes quality in every way. The build is mostly metal, it fits the hand nicely and balances well on the D300. Optical quality is quite stunning and can easily be the every day walk around lens as it is excellent for just about everything.
I hired mine from http://www.lensesforhire.co.uk
So Will I be buying a Nikon Macro lens? YES!! As soon as I can, I will be making the purchase and may even specialise in this type of photography as not many photographers seem to work in this area specifically.
As I am interested in shooting products for PR companies and manufacturers, jewellery and industrial fabrication, also nature studies of insects and arachnidsetc, this is the perfect lens that will allow me to deliver the kind of shots people need for their websites.
Someone making nuts and bolts will want the images for their website to be strong, interesting and able to sell their product over a rival, just like a car maker or designer shoe retailer.
Creating images for a purpose is much more fulfilling than just taking pics for a hobby. I work hard at every aspect of my photography to make the person looking to go, oooh that looks fabulous, even if it is an everyday object normally taken for granted… Colour and lighting has to fit the item. For example a car needs to look shiny to show off the paint work etc and show that is good with fuel economy and is practical, while at the same time being a little racey with some oompf.
A photo is supposed to be 1000 words, so what do the photos on your website say about your product? What about photos of your product/staff in press coverage?
Sometimes I might not look at things in the same way as some, I try to bring out the natural sky and world around us with things like a car or use a wall that is crumbling or covered in graffiti etc.
While we are talking of backgrounds, if you have a darker background, your clients who are often working late with tired eyes, are going to be able to spend longer looking at your website as there is less glare and brightness. This will also boost the colours etc of the product photos, especially if you understand how colour works with the sub-conscious, just like music does in a drama or horror type TV show.
I try to do better than the last photos a client has on their website. I work to deadlines and get the job done as quickly and as accurately as I can.
Being a musician, I can show off you and your instrument in the best way possible for your website or CD sleeve. Weddings however are not my bag.
I have photographed a nail and string, coloured thread and needle, rotting wood, onions, apples and an orange. I even photographed jelly Babies doing the conga!
If you can think of it, I can photograph it.