Portrait Photography discussion and examples

Portrait photography can be one of the most challenging forms of photography. Capturing a photo that appears natural and conveys the subject’s personality is a skill that takes patience and practice.

The first thing you need to do is to ascertain the market place that the image will be going into. Is it a quick online portrait or is it going to print as a large A4 image?  A lot of portraiture I do is simple photography against a white background. his is the most effective if you only have a small image area to display the photography such as an “about us” page on a website. Here the portrait needs to be engaging and friendly.

Environmental portraits are often more compile in nature. Firstly you need to understand the subject and the intended use that the client has for the images. I have done a lot of photography for large organisations around Melbourne and Sydney where the images are displayed as A1 size posters around a factory domain. This serves two purposes, firstly it gives the company and image which should be consistent with its branding. Secondly and I often feel more importantly it gives the subject and immense sense of pride that they have been recognised by the company in their job.

Working with a designer is critical if they have a specific purpose for the image. I love shooting with a live tether onto a laptop so the client and designer can see what is being recorded in almost realtime with all of the adjustments on image quality made in a program like Capture One or Adobe Lightroom.

I like small portable lighting where i can respond to the environment and time demands of the subject very quickly. There have been significant improvements in the ability to control small portable lighting recently, in particular the Godox unit gives great control over lighting.

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Amcor Orora

High Speed Photography

I first started out in Photography learning and working in the Scientific Photography field. I spent a lot of time photographing bullets piercing balloons and oranges and the like during my course. I did the Applied Science degree in Photography at R.M.I.T many years ago and then went on to work at the Materials Research Laboratories in Maribyrnong.

As much as I really enjoyed the technical side of Photography the scope to grow and learn in this area was very limited in Australia. I found myself more and more attracted to the more Commercial area of photography that I now work in.

I recently bought a brand new set of Pocket Wizards (Mini tt1 and Flex tt1) and set about learning how they operated. The units are capable of what they call “Hypersync” which is flash synchronisation at a high shutter speeds. This is very useful in bright outdoor environments where you are trying to “overpower” the sun.

Anyway during my playing around I took them into the studio and turned the flash power down really low. This allows for an extremely quick flash duration from the flash units and it is possible to “freeze” motion. I ended up photographing lemons and splashing blue food dye around. It was great fun and reminded me of where I first started out in Photography!


David McArthur


high speed photography

Product Photography

Product Photography

Whether you need your images for catalogues, websites, advertisements we offer a complete product photography service. With fast turnaround, full client approval before acceptance, and courier service, Parallax Photography can offer high-quality product and pack photography services to customers around Australia.

Situated in St.Kilda East, Melbourne Parallax Photography  is well placed to provide you with the perfect images for your requirements. Our studio is equipped with the very latest technology that you would expect from a modern Commercial Photographer, and more, ensuring a fast and efficient turnaround of your product shots. Clients are always welcome at our studios to discuss their projects or attend the shoot.

Proof Photographs for approval are sent by email, and then the full resolution colour corrected image files in are saved in TIFF & JPEG  and delivered to clients via FTP or DVD data disk. High Resolution images are saved at 300dpi and are suitable for printing. Web ready 72dpi at any pixel size you require however these are generally 700 pixels on the longest dimension. Images are generally saved in the Srgb colour space unless the client requests and understands how to use the Adobe 1998 colour space. Fore more information about this please discuss this at your shoot.

We also offer a low cost deep etching (cutting the image out against a white or black background) service on basic product photography.  While every deep etching job needs to be quoted on beforehand the cost starts from around $10.00 per image.

E-commerce is increasing exponentially. Consumers without the ability to hold and use the products beforehand are coerced by great photography. Ultimately, the more attractive your products look to consumers, the more confident they’ll feel about purchasing from you.

Our wine bottle photography is of a very high standard. In our studio, every wine bottle we photograph particular attention is taken to render the details in label printing,  glass and  foil reflections. Photoshop retouching is also possible on images and this can be used to repair a damaged item or to further enhance the image in a particular manner.

To discuss a project or request a quote we can be contacted at the studio on 03 9525 8323 or via email us at parallax@parallax.net.au