OUTDOOR PRODUCT PHOTOGRAPHY
Product photography is successful when it is either placed in the right environment or with related objects. It needs to be in its element, fashioned appropriately for its purpose. Being outdoors is a challenge for outdoor product photography. There needs to be the right amount of light. The background should be appealing but should steal the spotlight from the product itself. This was an intimidating task that took a lot of shots to capture correctly, but the results were fantastic!
The product that took me the greatest amount of time for the appropriate angle, composition, and focus were these slick Converse boots a friend of mine was wearing. We were at a miniature waterfall near Jackson, WY. I took these two shots from a very low angle, a wide aperture, and with a fast shutter speed to freeze the water motion. What made these images stand out from the rest was the focus on the brand logo, the angle, and the composition of the shoes, green moss, and waterfall. These boots were in their element!
ETNIES JAMESON HTW HIGH TOPS
I took this images at a friend’s cabin on a red-painted, wooden picnic table. I didn’t know it’d be there beforehand, but it matched beautifully with these Etnies hightop shoes I brought on the trip! I also brought a pair of blue jeans as a prop for the product. It separated both picnic table from the shoes very nicely! I loved the setting for this product photography – a cabin in the middle of a pine forest. These two turned out the best!
TITANIUM BLUE LIGHT GLASSES
I ordered this pair from Eye Buy Direct, an online store for stylish eyeglasses! I love this pair not only for the lightweight feel, but the blue and purple colors that reflect from the lenses when the light catches them. I brought the case as a prop to the same cabin. I placed it on a log post outside and angled the glasses for a colorful reflection. In post, I darkened the background even more to draw the focus to the product.
I snagged this image at the same waterfall where I took the product photography of the Converse boots. The package design was perfectly simple for the setting. I placed it sideways and rested it on some green moss next to the waterfall and used the same technique with the boots – low angle with a beautiful composition of a blurred moss foreground and background.
What seemed intimidating and challenging certainly was, but persistence for the right shot eventually paid off for each of these products!
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