Nerf gun project and product photography

February 28, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

One of my oldest and dearest friends recently had a birthday and her family has been embroiled in a vicious Nerf war. She has been quite under equipped in this arms race but I felt she needed to win on style points too so I decided to paint her up a Nerf gun.

I have done some before for Halloween and it was pretty fun, but I also have been following Adam Savage from Mythbusters on the YouTube channel Tested, whom he's been working with. His pre Mythbusters life was as a premier Hollywood prop maker and he talks a lot about some of the tips and tricks from that industry on that channel. So I wanted to try some of those tricks out and do a nice photo set up, which I never got around to with my older Nerf projects.

It was a pretty involved paint job entailing pulling all the internals of the gun out and painting those in a way that wouldn't inhibit the guns function, I did want this to still be a viable play thing when it was done after all. By far though the weathering made the biggest difference in the end result, covering the inconsistencies in the masking between major colors.

Studio lighting set ups aren't exactly my forte so that was its own fun challenge. I previously did some on a shoot for Coors Brewing and I'm pretty happy with how both sets of photos came out given how infrequently I have to stretch those muscles.

 

I might do a more in depth on the lighting set up if anyone is interested so if that's the case drop a comment!

Ryan


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