Threadless T-Shirts BTS

Grover over at Photoshelter did a cool behind-the-scenes look into the one-man photo department at Threadless Tees, AKA Strobist reader Sean Dorgan.

Sean is self-taught and does all of the cool, better-than-they-have-to-be T-shirt shots for the site. (Most sites just import the design files into the web page, or at best shoot the empty shirts on white paper. Bleh.)

I have corresponded with Sean occasionally as he has grown from a newb flasher into someone who is doing some pretty neat stuff in the name of hawking cool, community-designed T-shirts. I was not at all surprised to see that beat-to-crap Tejada beauty dish he started out with, late in the vid either.

This should go without saying, but if your company has some sort of need for photography you might consider stepping up to the plate with your camera like Sean did. Worst case, you might rescue yourself from your cubicle a few hours per week.

Props to the increasingly education-oriented folks Photoshelter, and to Sean for raising the bar for Threadless.


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Blogger rohdel said...

Sean takes some great photos. Very talented guy and very inspiring video. I like that he just loves doing this so he picked up the camera and just did it. I can relate and feel inspired by that. Too bad the company I work for is not as "hip" :)

April 21, 2011 1:59 PM  
Blogger carl said...

I enjoyed that BTS glimpse as well. Love Sean's more doing, less thinking about doing attitude.

April 21, 2011 2:40 PM  
Blogger sackytar said...

I REALLY hope he's getting paid what He's worth. Seems like alot of work for T-shirts. Don't get me wrong shots look killer but if he was doing that kind of production work for any advertising agency he'd be getting paid well. really Well. Just saying.

Good Job.

April 21, 2011 3:38 PM  
Blogger David Hobby said...

Fer cryin' out loud. Can't a guy on staff at a T-shirt company just do his job very well without someone assuming he is being taken advantage of? Just saying.

April 21, 2011 3:58 PM  
Blogger Glenn Harris said...

I bet Sean's job satisfaction is off the charts. Great marketing tool to - now I'm ordering some tees.

April 21, 2011 4:22 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

Great to see someone creating a new niche within a company where they already work.

April 21, 2011 4:28 PM  
Blogger Debbi_in_California said...

So glad you are back David! Missed the YOU in the posts since Flash Bus. Did Cris answer any of yesterday's questions? Didn't see him comment at all???

April 21, 2011 7:18 PM  
OpenID Joe said...

To be able to do what you love at your day job and get paid! Sign me up!!!

April 22, 2011 9:57 AM  
Blogger Johann said...

Nice BTS vid. Funny story, I recognized one of the shirts in the vid.

April 22, 2011 4:09 PM  
Blogger Johann said...

Nice BTS video. Funny story, I recognized one if the shirts in the vid.

April 22, 2011 4:10 PM  
Blogger Setcamper said...

Very cool. Haven't been to Threadless in years- back when all their photos looked like quick snap shots in the alley outside.

Clearly they've significantly upped their game. Great work.

April 23, 2011 6:09 PM  
Blogger steve said...

Bloody refreshing to see someone with a reputation and name in the industry not screaming for instant millionaire status to be conferred on everyone that takes a photograph for corporate use.

I agree that in principle, people should be paid going rate but the inflexibility on this matter within the photography industry is downright stunning.

April 25, 2011 12:25 PM  
Blogger Stewart said...

Sorry but I'm not impressed. It's just more of the same. The photography is OK but from a creative and marketing stand point there is a huge hole in their online catalog. Either that or they think creative thinking ends at the age of 30. Everyone of their models appear to be 20 somethings. No children and no one old enough to remember life before everyone had a tatoo. I'm 45 and I buy t-shirts. I can also take a lot of great shots of people in different age groups. I saw nothing that made me want to buy tees from this site but I'm just one grumpy old guy I guess.

April 26, 2011 8:34 AM  
Blogger David Hobby said...

Yeesh, Stewart. Normally I would probably not moderate such a negativity-fill spew into publication. But this is so over the top, it takes the cake.

They are not marketing to everyone, dude. They have built a killer web store by being niche.

Maybe try here.

April 26, 2011 10:01 AM  
Blogger Sean said...

Definitely over 30! :)

April 26, 2011 10:03 AM  
Blogger Gavin said...

Just a quick question, is the umbrella used in the "grafitti truck" section a 60"? Seems pretty big and nice! Is it likely that theres a speedlight in there?

May 11, 2011 10:49 AM  
Blogger Sean said...

Hey Gavin,
There is indeed a 580exII in there, and I believe the umbrella is around that size, yes.

May 16, 2011 10:47 AM  
Blogger Michel said...

That turned out wonderfully! Nice work & thanks for the tutorial!

Custom T Shirt Design

June 23, 2011 6:53 AM  

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