EyE Glass Frames
Using perspective and strong focus this product photo of eyeglass frames creates impact.
Playing with these Matchbox toys in the studio is always a joy. What most don't realize is many of these are one-off prototypes and must be handled with the upmost care since they are freshly painted and damage easily.
SentryGlass advertisement for DUPONT
I was asked to make an ultra high-speed photo of a bowling ball shattering regular plate glass window to show how fragile and dangerous glass can be. Instead of high tech laser beam triggers we set up a rotary switch to trigger four big German speed-lights. The triggering was manual. I had an assistant drop the ball from a tall ladder in a darkened studio and I tripped the lights when I 'felt' it would be right.
We only had four of these panels.
Thankfully we nailed it on the first try and returned the other three.
"I Love You' Gold, Platinum and Diamond ring
"I Love You' Gold, Platinum and Diamond ring photographed close up on white background.
Krieger Hammerhead Watch
This watch is a beauty. It is a little less chunky than a Rolex and that is great if you wear it often.
Here is a promotional piece I made in the early 90's for my Gene Smith Photo in Moorestown. It was originally a magazine assignment.
We photographed each model (I’m here too!) in a pre-determined position to match the items in the fridge.
Then I printed each photo in my darkroom at a scale that matched the groceries in the fridge and I painstakingly cut out each person and their mop or pail with an Exacto knife.
The cutouts were then positioned in the fridge and re-photographed.
Mattel Slot Cars
MATTEL Electric Racing set featuring PORSCHE 930 TURBO leading the pack ahead of black Lamborghini while DATSUN 300ZX TURBO passes Chevy Corvette photographed by Gene Smith Studio for MATTEL Electric Racing package design illustration.
Suprane Brand Desfluarane, USP "Remote Control" photo illustration
Suprane Brand Desfluarane, USP "Remote Control" photo illustration by Gene Smith Studio showing TV remote with buttons fantasizing instant and direct control of medical anesthesia
for Magazine Advertisement and Trade Show art.
These children's eyeglass frames were photographed for the manufacturer for TV, and magazine advertising, in-store posters and catalog use.
Snap-Top Pharmaceutical jars photographed for Wheaton Glass in New Jersey.
Drawer Organizer keeps socks tidy and organized.
Viking Yacht Interior
Viking Yacht bridge photographed by Gene Smith Studio
Outdoor Kitchen, Patio, Firepit and Lounge
This overhead view made with 20' pole.
I used a remote speedlight reflected off a mirror and radio control trigger in the engine compartment to accent the air filter and tell the story of what this modification does.
BMW K 100 Motorcycle
This photo was made on an 8X10" sheet of film! Back in the day 8X10 transparencies were the very best quality for advertising work. Not only did they have amazing resolution, the sheer size made it possible for experts to retouch them by bleaching away the image and painting new art with special KODAK dyes BY HAND.
Not every photo got this treatment- it was 00 and UP to hire these masters.
Rolls Royce Jet Engine Rotor
We needed a 'Beauty Shot' for a brochure we were making at Air Works a Rolls Royce jet engine repair complex in Millville, NJ.
The ButBag never took off.
Man ascends steel walkway steps up a deep red water tower in a petroleum tank farm adjacent to an asphalt refinery.
This was part off a series of beauty shots to be used in Antique and Classic Auto insurance for Condon and Skelley
Antique Wilkinson Sword 'Safety' Raz
Antique Wilkinson Sword 'Safety' Razor photographed for Studio Promo with 'painting with light' technique. I had an expert in this technique Harold Ross teach me this technique. This photo I made at my studio after a visit ti Harold's studio in West Chester. It was made on 4X5' film.
When you need a product or series photographed please take a look at my work.
When I started in product photography we used big cameras that took individual sheets of film. The film was very expensive and we would load these sheets of film into holders in a darkroom. To get an idea of what the final picture would look like we would slip in a Polaroid film holder and the little Polaroid picture would guide us to what we liked and did not like. Many times it could take 5 or 6 Polaroids to insure the film would be a success. Remember we didn’t see the results until the film came back from the processor…
We also had an advantage in the product photography studio cameras could articulate by means of a hinged front and back. This allowed an experienced photographer to control the depth of focus and perspective without digital retouching.
It took a long time to learn these techniques and today we have tilt and shift lenses for our digital cameras that allow expert photographers to get the same results instantly with digital SLR cameras.
I use the Hartblei/Zeiss tilt shift lenses from Germany and I am the only American photographer featured on the Zeiss/Hartblei website in Germany!
Gene Smith Photography in Germany
Using these specialized lenses and professional lighting allows me to make the expert product photos seen here. Please take a look and if you like what you see please contact me.