Tuesday, October 16, 2012

DSDN 104: Concepts For Photography

So, for this project I decided I would have a look at some photography precedents as inspiration. I found some 3D printed objects that had been photographed in interesting ways, but that were also beautiful in their own right.

One of the things that I have begun to realise when looking at these images is that there is a major difference between a product shot and a shot that is really trying to sell the product. And yes, there is a difference. There are amazing product shots, and often these look simply stunning. They simply show the product with perfect lighting and shadow and how perfect it is.

Sometimes however, this isn't always the best thing. Yes, product shots show the product in it's most flattering light, but that might not be what you want to achieve with the look of your product. Maybe your product is about getting dirty. Maybe its ability to stand up to the weather is what you're trying to show. Maybe you're trying to show the inspirational elements for the product's design, in which case it might be presented outside in the midst of a plant, since it was inspired by a flower, or possibly it was inspired by the water, so maybe it needs to be in water to convey that meaning?

Image acquired from: http://www.3ders.org

This flowing blue piece could possibly have had a more interesting setting to convey its roots far stronger. We really don't get very much from where it is presented in this product shot.

Image acquired from: http://www.shapeways.com

Products serve a purpose, so maybe showing how they get used would be the ideal photo? This cutlery set that was 3D printed in silver shows a clear purpose, and seeing it in action makes this such an effective piece of photography. I love this cutlery set. It conveys perfectly the idea of loss of structure and decay, which is exactly what you don't want to associate with your food.


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