Solar chargers are devices that allows you to charge your gadget using the sun. In our current technological advancements we have a lot of electronic devices that we carry with us. It's just fair to say, that the demand for solar chargers finally came through and companies are making them for us, the consumers. Most of us who are out and for quite a bit could have a good use for solar chargers to power our iPod's, tablets and phones.
A while back, a friend asked me to do some product photography here in Sydney. This was for a new business that she was launching. It was for an online kiosk and there were a lot of products that I had to shoot—chargers for your iPhone, laptop and iPad, blackberries and more.
White cardboard & a clamp did the trick
When I was pitched for how the picture was going to be used as a showcase for the website with buy buttons—it was clear that I needed a white background so that the graphic designer can manipulate the image and change the background if needed.
As a budding Sydney photographer, it's natural to lack in experience and equipment. Working on a flat white background without any creases can be challenging if you don't have the right equipment. In this case, I decided to buy a cheap white card board, worth about $5—I got this from my local news agent. Card boards when you stand it vertically, will not hold on it's own. You'll need to stand it onto something. This is where clamps comes in handy. I bought 2 clamps from a local hardware store and used it as a stand in. With the clamps, you'll need them to be big enough so it can hold the weight of the cardboard—you'll want it wide too so it can work as stand. Smaller clamps will just give in.
I am still using the cactus remote trigger and together with shoot through umbrella, I have managed to take individual photos for the online kiosk. Each colour of the product was photographed. It was almost like a production line type of shoot. It certainly was an experience for me.
At the end of the day though, the work was done. This was my first time doing a product shoot and I wished, there was a stylist that I could work it. In this photo shoot, I was the stylist. I thought, I could do it all by myself and it proved to be difficult. I have learned a valuable lesson doing this product photography—that is, it is very taxing in terms of patience and creativity. How many times can you lay out a single product and it's varying colours on it's own? On top of that, if you change a single lay out, you would also want to apply all those to that line of products! In the end, I stuck to one type and mass produced the photos that way. In future, there are many things I would have done differently. But because, this was my first product photography, I thought I did a good job for a first timer.