Uploaded by fine-grain on 17 Apr 08, 2.50PM MYT.
Well, it’s not the typical white background macro-product-personal-care shot that you usually see on the walls in the Cosmetics Department at the Mall.
I guess, it wasn’t meant for that type of setting. As I’ve mentioned before (maybe more times than I know), I tend to approach all my macro work from an Art Photography slant. I like manipulating color and perspective and interpreting the subject in my own way. Maybe 70% of my shots (like this) are initiated because I like the shape and color of the subject. I want to see what I can creatively do with it to get an image.
I also don’t have the ‘fantastic equipment‘ that the Product Shooters have. So there! Cat’s out of the bag! Well, actually, I have five cats and they can’t all fit in my camera bag, but maybe one or two. Nevertheless, they are out of the bag.
Not often do I mention the equipment used to make a shot. However, I guess if you are a viewer who likes this shot, you may enjoy knowing that a ‘halfway decent‘ product-style shot, can be made with minimal equipment.
I used my Canon Powershot A620 Camera.
1 – SYSTEMS IMAGING 600-Watt Studio Flash with BOWENS Snoot.
1 – VIVITAR Macroflash.
Of course, a DSLR would offer more options, more flexibility, more details, more resolution and better dynamic range; but, if you want to be a better Photographer, you can’t wait for the “dream camera” to magically appear before you begin working and practicing. You need to work with the tools you have. The “dream camera” will come later.
At the present, I’m making images and applying the same methodology used by a Paleontologist with a toothbrush in hand, delicately clearing debris from tiny fossils preserved in sandstone. In other words, basically using less sophisticated equipment by necessity, but getting decent results.
So, get out there and practice. Use the tools you have. Develop your skills, and better things will surely come your way.