Exploring Product Photography


For several years I’ve been taking pictures of things, that for whatever reason, I found interesting.  You know, things like food, veggies, fruits, photography gear, shoes and so on and so forth.  It was fun and I enjoyed doing it.

As the years dragged on, I found out that this genre of photography is known as “Product Photography” and is taken very seriously by dedicated photographers in the field of marketing and advertising.  It’s a whole wide world out there in Product Photography.  But mainly, it’s about light and the different skills to bounce, reflect, and diffuse it in a zillion different manner.  The technique is called “Light Manipulation”.

In order to manipulate light, there are also a lot of accessories a photographer can use.  Some he will make himself (DIY) or buy at a photo shop or hardware store.  Some of these accessories are snoots, reflectors, diffusers, grids, mirrors, soft lights, speedlites, light tents, background drops, etc. You get the point.

Yesterday we went to our favorite supermarket and purchased several yards of a heavy cloth (I don’t its name) to use as a background drop.  Colors were red, green, and black.  Today we will visit another venue to buy an orchid flower to take our first pictures using aforementioned drops.  As you probably know, at this time I’m very excited.

To end this post, I would like to share the following quotation from George Eastman that pretty much defines the true nature of “Product Photography”

“Light makes photography.  Embrace light.  Admire it.  Love it.  But above all, know light.  Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography”. 

This is an example of a picture taken to experiment the reflecion of light with a thin red paper in front of a continuous light on a stand.  The result was totally unexpected.  The whole living room was tainted red as you can see in the picture.  Thus the expression, “Everything reflects everything”.

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Photograph by ©Omar Upegui R.

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