Enrico Viappiani is a commercial photographer and an engineering graduate. Where he perfectly combines being artistic and technical in all his amazing works. He gives attention to every detail of his project that will bring your e-commerce picture to the next level. It is such an honor to us and we are so proud to share his work as a part of this features interview.
How long have you been a photographer (hobbyist or professional)?
I picked up my first camera in 2017 as a landscape photographer. I
started my product photography journey in 2020. But let’s say I’m still a
really advanced hobbyist.
Is it your profession (part-time or full-time) or are you still learning?
I completed the course but still, I’m not a professional at the moment.
If you are still learning: What are your goals (or plans) as a photographer? What would you like to do after reaching a level that would enable you to do commercial quality work?
Right now I’m feeling that my photography level is quite decent (of course
it is, and it always will be an ongoing thing).
My main focus is to search for good clients to finally be a professional
and get better and better works.
What made you decide to pursue product photography?
I started during a pandemic. I couldn’t go out and shoot and I started to get pictures inside my house. Suddenly I had a mini studio in my basement and friends started to ask me for little catalog works.
How did you first learn about Photigy?
To produce better images I started googling around to find informative tips about dealing with metals and glass.
When did you take your first course (what year)?
It was late 2020.
How many product photography courses or workshops have you taken through Photigy? Do you have a favorite course or workshop? If so, what made it your favorite?
I got something like 7 or 8. My favorite one was the Liquid and Splash Photography Bundle Course.
When you first got started, what did you find to be the most challenging aspect of photographing products?
Be efficient while taking the pictures and post-produce them in a reasonable amount of time.
What is your favorite product image you created since taking courses/workshops through Photigy?
For sure the “action” one! Liquids, splashes, powders etc
What specialty in product photography interests you the most (beverage, food, jewelry, cosmetics, etc.)?
I don’t have one. Every category has its advantages. If a had to choose
one I probably take cosmetics cause they are versatile: you can put them in the water, create a moody shot, play with mirrors, and so on.
How has your learning experience with Photigy affected your success as a photographer or pursuit of photography?
For example: Are you able to create images you couldn’t previously? Did it enable you to earn money photographing products? Did you start a product photography business? Did it increase your overall photography skills, etc.?
My experience with this course was really good. I wasn’t really confident to
approach every kind of subject and material. The course modules were really stepped by step and gives me the tools to face almost every scenario. Now when I look at images across the internet I’m able to decompose the scene and figure out how it was created in no time. Now I’m ready to face almost every request (hopefully).
What advice do you have for people interested in pursuing product photography?
It is a difficult and very technical genre. As every other photographic genre it could be very artistic, but your technique must be on point in every shot and therefore you have to study and take photos as much as you can. Everybody can pick up a camera a take a shot, but the difference between an amateur and a professional lies in the finest details.
What other areas of photography interest you?
I started out as a landscape photographer and I still love it. It gives me a sense of freedom, especially in the earliest hours of the day when you are alone with your camera waiting for the sunrise. This is my landscape Instagram profile: https://www.instagram.com/viappio/