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  • Assignment: Product Photography Mar. 10 - 24

    We are inundated with Product Photography on a daily basis. Magazines, newspapers, billboards, etc., it comes at us 24/7. You got a taste of what goes into product photography when we did our month of food photography. Now we are going to try it with subjects other than food, but a lot of what you learned about lighting and composition doing food works well here, too. Try to think of this assignment as a print advertisement, or if you want to do something simpler, an image to sell something on Ebay. Even if all you want to do is sell something on Ebay, presenting it well may make the difference between selling it for the price you want or not selling at all. Who knows, you may find this is your photographic niche.

    Some tips:

    Browse through magazines and take a good look at some print ads. What is it about them that captures your attention? Did they use lighting to accentuate the product? Is the product shown being used in a particular way? What about color; is it bright or subdued?

    Lighting: Try for soft lighting. Harsh shadows will detract from your subject. On camera flash will probably not show your product at it's best. This does not mean you need to buy fancy and/or expensive lighting equipment. Try using a a sheer piece of fabric over a desk lamp (careful not to let it get too hot, we don't want fires!) for a larger object, or building a simple DIY lightbox/tent for small items. Natural light is another option.
    A tripod can make a big difference at getting a sharp shot. Make sure your camera is steady.

    Staging, Composition and Color: Keep your backgrounds simple. You don't want to distract from the product. The viewer's eyes should be immediately drawn to it. White backgrounds are good for both showing off the item and for lighting, but consider what color might show off your product the best. A string of white pearls may disappear on a white background but glow on a black one. If you want to include something else in your image to enhance your product - people in the background enjoying your cola perhaps - consider using a narrow dof to keep the focus on your product. Make sure anything else you include is complementary to the subject. Is there anything special about your product that you can show in a unique way? For example, photographing a waterproof watch in a goblet of water.
    Bright colors can connote cheerfulness and energy. Soft colors may give a more relaxing feel.

    Editing: White balance is key, if you didn't get it when you took your shot (the best way), fix it now. Erase spots, try some fill light, crop to eliminate empty space.

    Shooting Winning Pictures for Ebay
    Super Simple Light Tent

    Here's my try at getting you to buy this candy:
    Day 26-365 "No, unfortunately theses are not life size :-("

    As always, rules:
    Please note the change in closing time as well as the size limit.

    Just a note to new posters: DO NOT start a new thread for your post. Please just hit the reply button at the bottom of any current post and put your image there.

    1. Your original image you submit should be taken between the 10th of March and the 24th of March. Each week as an assignment closes on the Wednesday, it will be AUTOMATICALLY deemed *CLOSED* after 8am GMT ( 3am EST) and any posts after that time will not be eligible for the assignment competition. Don't wait until the last minute to post!

    2. Your post must include "Assignment: Product Photography " (to show your permission to count it for the contest) and the date the picture was taken (to show that it is a valid entry).

    3. EXIF data should be intact. It helps if you can include the main points (including camera, lens, date taken, ISO, shutter speed and aperture) in the text of your message.

    4. Only one entry per member (if you can't restrain yourself until the end of the first week you can post two or three separate pictures but your entry should be in a separate post and the only marked with the text above). It must be an original image taken by you.

    5. Remember the cross-site image size limit (740px on the longest side).

    6. If the image does not exist in post at the end of the contest, it is disqualified. If you modify anything on flickr and re-save the image then the link is broken and the message needs edited to link the picture again before it will be included in the contest.
    For everyone, please do not repeat other people's photos by quoting them until the contest is over. If you want to comment on or discuss an entry you can use a link to it (or just delete the picture from the quoted text).

    7. If you are looking for the winners of the mini-contest, please check the front page of the DPS blog Saturday late afternoon (EST) and here.

    Next assignment: "Tell Me a Story". Look for something meaningful in your life. It could be an object in your home, a place, etc. Perhaps something from your childhood, an item from your family or a friend, or a place you went to that has special meaning to you. Use what you know to photograph it and, if you want, write a short few lines giving it's background and why it means so much. The written story is optional, it's just a chance to get to know something about each other. Try to make your image interesting, so others will want to know the story behind it.
    My Gear
    OK to re-edit and repost my shots on dps

  • #2
    Assignment: Product Photography


    Day 346 - Simply Orange

    Camera: Nikon D50
    Exposure: 0.001 sec (1/1000)
    Aperture: f/1.8
    Focal Length: 50 mm
    ISO Speed: 200
    Exposure Bias: -1/2 EV
    Flash: No Flash
    Date and Time (Modified): 2010:03:14 18:02:16
    Exposure Program: Aperture-priority AE
    Date and Time (Original): 2010:03:14 17:37:56.30-07:00
    Date and Time (Digitized): 2010:03:14 17:37:56
    Metering Mode: Spot
    Last edited by GwenieThePooh; 03-24-2010, 03:20 AM.
    Nikon-D7000; Nikon D-5000; Coolpix S8000; NIkkor 28-80mm & 70-300mm; Nikkor 12-24mm Wide Angle; Nikkor 60mm f/2.8 Macro, Nikon , Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 & 55-200mm, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 & 35mm f/1.8


    • #3
      Mac in the dark

      Mac in the dark

      Exif Data:
      Camera: Canon EOS 40D
      Exposure: 8
      Aperture: f/4.0
      Focal Length: 20 mm
      ISO Speed: 100
      Exposure Bias: 0 EV
      Flash: Off, Did not fire\
      Taken on: December 29th, 2009
      Last edited by jasony8; 03-17-2010, 03:08 PM.
      Jason Hong Kong (Newly released)
      Equipment: Canon 5D Mark II, EF-S 15-85mm IS USM, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
      Canon 580EX II Thinktank Streetwalker


      • #4
        Assignment: Product photography

        Watch 2

        Camera: Canon EOS 40D
        Exposure: 0.005 sec (1/200)
        Aperture: f/16.0
        Focal Length: 100 mm
        ISO Speed: 250
        Exposure Bias: 0 EV
        Flash: Off, Did not fire
        Taken:March 14th 2010
        Ani B


        • #5
          Just for show


          Or color.
          Ani B


          • #6
            Assignment: "Product Photography"

            Brownie & Ice-Cream

            Camera: Nikon D40
            Exposure: 0.002 sec (1/640)
            Aperture: f/2.2
            Focal Length: 50 mm
            ISO Speed: 200
            Taken on: March 13, 2010 at 12.50pm GST
            Gear: Nikon D40, 18-55mm, 70-300mm G, 50mm 1.8D and 60mm Macro


            • #7
              Assignment: Product Photography

              For this week I came up with three concepts, but in this picture I like the lighting best.

              "You appreciate things most when they're gone..."
              Assignment: Product Photography

              Date picture taken: March 14, 2010
              Camera: Nikon D40
              Exposure: 0.025 sec (1/40)
              Aperture: f/5.0
              Focal Length: 52 mm
              ISO Speed: 200
              Exposure Bias: 0 EV
              Flash: No Flash

              Lighting information: Halogen spot behind semi-transparent paper behind the empty roll. Two LED pocket lights: one below and one above the front of the empty roll. Adjusted white balance in PP.


              • #8
                Assignment: Product Photography

                I decided to shoot my phone for the assignment My friend offered his Iphone for me (I think he felt bad for my "old phone") haha... but I thought I would try and make my old thing look as best as it could!

                Some really good ones on here already!

                Who needs an Iphone?

                Exif Data:
                Date March 16th 2010
                Camera Fuji S3
                ISO 800
                1/90 s @ f8.0
                Lighting- ghetto florecent lights stolen from the ceiling
                My Website: / flickr

                My Blogs:



                • #9
                  Assignment: Product Photography

                  Rings on sill

                  Camera: Nikon D40
                  Exposure: 0.033 sec (1/30)
                  Aperture: f/5.6
                  Focal Length: 55 mm
                  Exposure Bias: 0 EV
                  ISO Speed: 200
                  Taken on March 13, 2010


                  • #10
                    Assignment: Product Photography

                    I had an Andy Warhol moment over the weekend.


                    Taken: 03-16-2010
                    Camera: Nikon D90
                    Lens: Nikkor 55-200 mm
                    Exposure: 0.017 sec (1/60)
                    Aperture: f/5.0
                    Focal Length: 135 mm
                    ISO Speed: 400
                    Exposure Bias: +1 EV
                    Flash: On

                    PP: Adjusted RAW and sized for flickr in PSE6
                    Comments & constructive criticism is appreciated; We are all students as well as teachers.
                    Shooting with Nikons


                    • #11
                      Assignment: Product Photography

                      Made a DIY stripbox out of a box and some paper for lighting on the left, used white paper for reflector on the right and had a flash hitting cardboard for the background. Sprayed the mug with mist and froze it, but it all melted right when I poured the beer into it. That would have been a nice touch -- a frosty mug -- but it wasn't meant to be. I also taped some tin foil to the back of the bottle and mug hoping it would reflect some of the light back through the liquids, but that didn't really happen either. Eh, still happy with how it looks.

                      From Strobist

                      Mar 17, 2010
                      Model: PENTAX K20D
                      ISO: 800
                      Exposure: 1/180 sec
                      Aperture: f/8
                      Focal Length: 50mm
                      Flash Used: Yes, off camera
                      My Portfolio | My 500px | My Photo Blog | My Picasa Albums
                      K-5, Q, K20D, Pentax DA 15mm f/4, Sigma 85mm f/1.4, Sigma 30mm f/1.4, Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8, DA 55-300mm, DA 18-55mm WR, Vivitar Auto-Extension Tubes, Metz 50 af-1, Yongnuo YN-560ii, Cactus v5


                      • #12
                        Oh how yummylicious! Nice presentation Linda.


                        • #13
                          Not for assignment

                          Dior (by Draycat |

                          This is a street shot that I took a while back, thought I'd share as it seemed to fit nicely with this week's theme. I'll submit a shot for the assignment later in the week.
                          My website:
                          My Tokyo Street Photo Blog on Facebook (updated daily): Facebook
                          Flickr Page: Flickr


                          • #14
                            assignment: product photography

                            i took this photo last december..just want to share.


                            • #15
                              Assignment product photography


                              Camera Type: Point & Shoot
                              Megapixels: 12.1 Megapixels
                              Optical Zoom: 4 X
                              LCD Size: 2.5 in
                              Media Type: SDHC Memory Card, MultiMediaCardplus, MultiMediaCard, Secure Digital (SD) Card

                              How much is enough? memory that is.