"Fancy" is not what comes to mind when describing product photography, but product photography can become fancy, and help pay the bills, too, if done correctly, and also if done with passion. Problem is, not many are passionate about product photography. After all, who would choose spending the day stuck in a room (studio) with a bunch of products (small electronics, jewelry, toys, etc) rather than photographing fabulous models?
I seldom shoot products, but I found that when having to do so, it does help to connect the product I'm about to photograph to something I'm passionate about. If that's not possible, try to find something--it can be the product itself or the light in which it's photograph--that may make it interesting.
For example, over one year or so ago I attended the (re)Presenting AIDS event taking place in Manhattan, and covered it for A&U Magazine--America's AIDS Magazine. At the event, I picked up these AIDS ON GOING GOING ON cloth bags. Once at home, I photographed the bags hanging on my door, to submit, together with the article and other photos taken at the event. (and, yes, I did use scotch tape to get the bags to stay in place on the door, as shown in the picture below)
|AIDS ON GOING GOING ON bags photographed by Alina Oswald originally for A&U Magazine.|
A few months ago I stopped by Washington Square Park to check out the Rise Up to HIV event. See the table full of bracelets below, photographed with my iPhone. (I tried to hold my iPhone as parallel to the table as possible, horizontal, so to speak). For a cleaner look, I could have clone out the white threads in post.
I also bought an ACT UP bracelet for myself.
|ACT UP bracelet. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.|
Read more about the Undetectable Collective in an article published in A&U Magazine. Also follow the collective on Tumblr, too.
Here are a few images I took of the Undetectable cards. I rotated the image, for an easier read.
|The Undetectable Flash Collective cards, photo by Alina Oswald.|
Then, of course, there are the holiday cards, e-cards, I should say. This past year, I wanted to design an e-card that would also bring HIV/AIDS to the minds of those who do connect the dots. And while it doesn't spell it [HIV/AIDS] out, red is the color of the AIDS Ribbon. So, I decided to use red in the image, too.
|Red tree deco and Happy Holidays card. Photo and Design by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.|
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Author of JOURNEYS THROUGH DARKNESS: A BIOGRAPHY of AIDS