My girlfriend bought a new watch last week. Loves it to bits, and seems to love the Daniel Wellington brand about as much.
Apparently, the manufacturer has a competition on the go where the best picture on Instagram wins a watch of their choosing. Quite why you would want to win another watch when you already paid good money for one seems a bit strange, but she wanted to give it a bash regardless. A woman scorned and all that...
I've never done product photography before, and wasn't really sure what to bring with me, so I thought to myself; why not just wing it? Why not use this oppurtunity to play and learn a little about it?
I brought with me my camera and three lenses. Turns out a few other things would have been handy:
- A light or flash. We managed to improvise with a light on a beauty mirror and a large table-lamp on a boom. The ring around the mirror looked very cool in some of the other shots we got, but we couldn't get the positions right - it was just too awkward to work with. A ring-flash or light would have worked very well.
- Some kind of diffusion. We DIY'd it with a bit of semi-transparent plastic which really softened up the harsh light from the table lamp.
- Blu-tack. This would have been mega handy for getting the watch to stay in certain positions and would have saved a lot of the balancing acts we had to do. I shall add some to my kit, alongside the gaffers tape for next time.
- A tripod. Focus is critical with macro lenses especially, so having something to fix the camera in place makes the process infinitely easier.
But despite this, I feel I got a few really cracking shots. We've both got other ideas we're possibly going to work with, and I have to say I feel confident I can do even better next time. It was fun doing something a bit outwith my usual remit for once.