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I am an advertising photographer in NYC. My pictures help large corporations sell more and keep their brands looking fresh. I am also the founder of Via U!, an online studio dedicated to creating photography that helps people selling in Etsy increase their sales too.

20. March 2011 17:31

7 Inspiring Packaging Ideas

The team of Miller Design  created the brand identity, packaging and product design for Are You?™, an eco-friendly lifestyle brand.

Muggie Ramadani Design Studio  beautiful presentation of his packaging solutions for Nupo.

"Geogirl is a brand targeted towards generation Z.  Recognizing this generation’s commitment to environmental responsibility, our goal was to create planet-friendly packaging.” Packaging designed by Brash Creative.

"Nostalgia is inspired by my childhood and time spent in my grandmother’s homespun world.” says Elea Lutz who created the packaging for her company Nostalgia Organics.
Art director Robinson Cravents created the logo, typography, letterhead and packaging for Cooper-Ford.

Hi Design designed labels with hand written names and hand drawn patterns to emphasize the handmade quality of One Love Organics.

Planeta Design green packing proposal for The Body Shop.

Every two weeks we post a new product photography tutorial showing how to take at home the pictures we create at the Via U! studio.

Make Your Product Pop From the Background


12. March 2011 14:45

Photographing a Dress on a Mannequin

Here is how you can use daylight and some aluminum foil to take pictures of garments that makes them pop from the background.

When taking pictures of bright and dark things together a camera can’t make both look good. Here is how you can use this limitation to create pictures that separate your dress from the background.

Set up in a place where daylight is blocked making one side of what you are photographing look very dark. I took this picture at the edge of a covered terrace. The entrance to a garage, a doorway, a window will work well too.

Reflect light to brighten the dark side. Put one card at a time, try different angles and look at what difference it makes. The closer you put the card to what you are photographing the brighter it will get. I used two cards in this picture but sometimes using one looks better.


The aluminum foil helps put light on the dress but the background still is a lot brighter. The camera will try to make a good picture of everything is has in front -  we want a good exposure for the dress only.


Start taking lighter pictures until you get one that makes the dress look good...

...  and then the background will become very light.

To make a dark background turn the mannequin around. Now you have light on the mannequin and not much light in the background. Yin-Yang!

Dress: a loan by Rocka in Santiago, Chile.

The amount of light on the dress and the background is too uneven for the camera to handle. Take a picture that makes the dress look good and the background will become dark!


I used the aluminum cards to make the sequins dress look shiny. The thing you are photographing may not need cards at all.


The Aluminum Cards:

To make the cards I flattened a cardboard box and glued the inside to make it stay closed. I then glued layers of these flatten boxes to make them rigid. They feel like they might stop a bullet!

More information on how to make an aluminum card?

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