Cheap Sunglasses

Flying through space…

One of the areas of photography that I enjoy is product photography.  One of the reasons is that there is always the challenge of making the product you’re shooting look even better than it is.

As part of building my portfolio, I set myself some challenges along those lines, one of which I present to you here.

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Beam me up, Scotty!

My goal with this shoot was to make these $4 sunglasses look like an expensive pair.  When you look at advertising of high-end sunglasses with those high-end lens coatings, you always get this warm glow from the lenses; of course, silver mirror-lenses get a completely different treatment.

When shooting reflective surfaces, the photographer’s first worry is to control what is reflected in the surface, as you want to control what is visible in the image.  In this case, I allowed the one softbox to reflect, but managed to keep everything else in my studio out of the reflections.

The second tricky part in capturing image is the black.  One might think that black is pretty straightforward; if you try to create a black background in camera while lighting your subject, any light spillage results in losing that perfect black.  Of course, it can be fixed in post-processing, but it never has that same look that you get from shooting it properly.  Judicious utilization of gobos (go between objects), can ensure that no light spills on your precious background.

Note that I added a little bit of light toward the end of the temples, so that they don’t disappear and to add a bit of visual interest.

How much post-processing was done?  Very little, as I only had to remove the very thin, non-reflective thread that supported the temples and a smidgen of sharpening.

Oh, and of course, you want to know how much did these sunglasses cost:  about $4 at Wal-Mart.

Hope you enjoyed this little tour of a product shot.

 

Author: jansenphoto

A Fresh Perspective Photography is more than just a vehicle for capturing the world around me; it provides me with a palette and a set of brushes, with which I paint not only what I see, but also look to express the emotions that are evoked by the scene in front of me in that moment. Growing up in the Netherlands exposed me to a wide cross-section of visual arts that laid the foundation of my photographic view of all that surrounds me. Early influences were the Dutch Masters of the 17th century, to whom I was introduced by my grandfather during museum explorations; favorites among them are the scenes of quotidian life depicted by Jan Steen and Frans Hals and the vivid landscapes of Jacob van Ruisdael. My classical high school education was supplemented by the Boijmans Van Beuningen museum, where I spent many a lunch hour exploring its great collection. Here I was introduced to surrealism with a particular love for the approach taken by Salvador Dali; Dali also rekindled my appreciation for the work of Hieronymus Bosch, who often showed the folly of us mortals. Universal Connections My approach to any photographic subject is to look for understanding first; in this I look to establish either a connection between the viewer and the subject or capture the connection of the subject with its surroundings. The captured image then aims to portray this connection from a perspective that is part of my personal interpretation. This interpretation is often a form of externalized introspection, which may alternately display the connection of isolated beings and items with their environment or highlight the whimsy of the profound world, in which we find ourselves. The universe is full of connections, many of which are waiting to be discovered; part of my journey as a photographer is to document these connections. Any assignment, be it an event, a product shoot or a portrait session is always approached through communication with the client; this is where the first connection is established. Ideas are exchanged and a collaborative plan of action forms, ultimately resulting in a set of images that aim to exceed the expectations of each client. And, lest we forget, it is important to have fun while practicing the serious business of photography!

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