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Weekly Challenge #45 - Advertising/Product Shot
Posted By: khardur, 01-31-2008, 01:34 PM

I thought about it quite a bit today trying to think of a somewhat original challenge, as there's nearly a year's worth of challenges. Anyway, I'm not big on words most of the times, so here it is:

The challenge:
I want to see product shots. You know, like the ones you see on covers of magazines or advertisements. I want you to challenge yourself and envision you're doing a shot for an ad agency for whatever product your showing. Show off the good side, make sure it's lit nicely, make it attractive to me, "the consumer."

I don't want to put any limitations on it, you could take a picture of a car if you really wanted to - but I want you to try making a snappy presentation out of it. (that means PP is allowed for sure, you could even incorporate text or logos if you really wanted to go crazy)
Many images come to my mind when I think about the shots I want to see - pick up any camera magazine and you see shots of camera equipment on the front - think of a beer advertisement, things like that. Just make it clear (by the photograph) what product you're "selling" and try to get creative in the presentation.

The contest will run until Midnight on Wednesday, February 6.

The rules are as always:

The rules:
1. Post ONE photo (max 800x800) as a response to THIS post.
2. The photo must portray an interpretation of the theme. It can be colour or B&W, your choice.
3. You can offer as much or as little additional information as you wish, but I'd be interested to know the location/event/whatever being depicted.
4. The challenge is interactive. Any response is welcome.
5. The judge will pick the WINNERS and chose 1 of them to be the judge for the next week.
6. The challenge runs for 7 days plus a day for the judge to choose the winners.
7. Any camera will do but it must be a Pentax. Just use any camera you want. No discriminating anyone as long as the shooter is an active member here.

Previous Challenge Subjects:
1-Statues, 2-Wheels, 3-Speed, 4-Peace, 5-Survival, 6-Macro, 7-Mountains, 8-Children, 9-Post Processing, 10- Windows & Doors, 11-Sport, 12-Urban Landscape, 13-Wisdom, 14-Power, 15-Music, 16-Pathways, 17-Lines, 18-Storm, 19-Boats, 20-Water, 21 - Golden Hour, 22 - Natural Lighting, Portraits, 23- Motion Blur, 24-Simplicity, 25-Color, 26-Cars, 27-Repetition, 28-Wildlife, 29-Epiphany, 30-Contrast, 31-Pets, 32-Landscapes, 33-Coastal, 34-Churches, 35-Bridges, 36-Creation, 37-Still LIfe: Food, 38-At the Zoo, 39-Wide Aperture, 40-Merry Christmas, 41- Sunsets, 42-Action, 43-Fireworks, 44-Manipulated Light Portraits

Good luck everyone!

edit>> so here's a quick and dirty tutorial on how to make an easy light tent.
I used a cardboard box, this one was quite a sturdy one, it had 2 layers of cardboard. I cut out 3 sides, leaving all the edges intact. Then I simply taped standard white paper over the left and right side to diffuse the flash, and left the front side open to shoot through. I then lined the inside with paper, and I was ready to go. I think it took a grand total of 5 minutes to make.
here's the setup:

(yes those are my son's cars inside - he wanted to take pictures with my camera - and of the first 10 words he can read on his own one of them is PENTAX *tears filling eyes* that's my boy! LOL.

Here's the results:

Again, this is just an idea to throw out, for those who might not have tried such things before. Give it a go!

Last edited by khardur; 02-01-2008 at 03:06 PM. Reason: added a tutorial
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01-31-2008, 01:45 PM   #2

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Thats a fun idea for a challenge! Even better its something that us lazy people can do well even at home. Think my chances of entering are a bit slim though... I actually had a 2008 selling frenzy, selling off most of my gear in order to replace it with better stuff, so I am stuck waiting for the mail... Nice challenge idea anyways. Its going to be interesting to see the entries, I think most people here havent tried to really get into doing this kind of shot, myself included, so it will be something new.
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My sister asked me to take photos of her jewelry for her website and a postcard advertising her open houses and holiday sales. So, this was a real product shoot - and I got the top one for Christmas.

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Wow, Betsy. You set the high standard here on top of the Tim's addition as well.

Will have to think really hard for this one
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I sure learned a lot from the last contest , but I missed playing (had no fireworks either) - here let me lower the standards a bit so others can get involved Good idea Dan for a challenge !

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Dave but does it loosen frozen eyelids? I wouldn't use that stuff and go outside with the temperatures you guys are going through.

Great challenge Dan. Now time to put that thinking cap on. Love the hot coffee.
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For anyone who hasn't tried anything at all like this before, I'm going to post a picture of a very basic light tent type device you can make on your own, probably for no money at all.
(it's in the original message)
But that certainly doesn't have to be the type of shot you submit, I'm just showing one example of the kind of thing you can do for this challenge, to try to get people to try something new, if they haven't done anything like this before.
(and if you didn't have flashes you could light such a thing with window light with a paper reflector too.

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This combines two of my favorite subjects; a really good single malt Scotch whisky and a great day on the water with good friends. Hope you like it.

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Workingdog, nice one!

here is mine.

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Wow... Workingdog, you set the bar pretty high there. Great shot.

Here's my entry:

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One of my first shots after making my own lightbox

edit: i dunno how to make the image size 800x800 I use flickr...
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This was fun, I got to use my new Pentax AF-360fgz flash and my new Cactus V2 trigger with K100D and SMC A 50mm f/2.0

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QuoteOriginally posted by leadbelly Quote

edit: i dunno how to make the image size 800x800 I use flickr...
don't worry about the size. That's just the "rules" that carry over from week to week, it's really just to keep the sizes down so the page won't take forever to load.
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QuoteOriginally posted by xs400 Quote
This was fun, I got to use my new Pentax AF-360fgz flash and my new Cactus V2 trigger with K100D and SMC A 50mm f/2.0
Ohhh...shee-at, I just noticed the gun! LOL! clever annotation.
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