The Boatyard Guitar Workshop

December 12, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

It's been planned for a while and finally we organised an evening to do a shoot of some of the hand made guitars from Daves workshop down on the Thames. Dave brought the guitars up to my studio and we set about getting some good shots. I've never photographed guitars before so aside from going for arty shots I had no idea about which parts were the most important to concentrate on. It turned out the bodies were as they take the most time to shape and carve and fit all the major guitar hardware to. There were four electric bodies and one acoustic which Dave occasionally picked up played a few notes on. It sounded lovely to my untrained ear. I did play bass once for a friends 18th birthday party many years ago but didn't keep it up. I've no idea what happened to the bass.

The whole shoot was done with one light in a big white softbox to give big smooth reflections in the shiny parts of the guitar. The biggest thing I learned was a little of how to move the light to maximise the saturation and colours of the wood and yet still keep the shiny parts glossy and the textured parts textured. Time flew as guitars were rotated in and out of the set. In the end we had to leave some ideas for another day. Four hours of shooting is quite tiring and even more so when there's no food  which was an oversight on my part. I tend to bin menus for local takeaways. Delivered pizza would have been perfect.

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