What I learned about product photography:
- steaming is better than ironing.
- swabs are better than plastic squeezey things that blow air when you want to clean your digital sensor.
- t-pins, straight pins with glass heads, and bubble wrap can come in handy when you want to add life to your still life.
- computer capture would be better than camera capture…if your computer wanted to capture the photos.
- table-top would be better than floor-top… but if it is on the floor then stretch at the same time in order to get your daily exercise.
- changing the color in photoshop is much easier than trying to make 12 items look wrinkle free, lint free, and positioned exactly the same way (ps: there is a color replacement tool in CS3 that will change the color for you… although still tricky to match the exact color you want… it is ridiculously easy.)
- calling your friend Jon, who knows how to do all this stuff already, is much better than trying to figure it out all by yourself.
- photographing people without clothes is a lot easier than photographing clothes without people.
About the author paige green
Paige Green is a documentary and portrait photographer, whose storytelling approach to photography frequently addresses issues involving agriculture, land use, and food. Her work is featured in nine books and has been published in Glamour, National Geographic Traveler, New York Times Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, GQ, Country Living, House Beautiful, and Culture. Paige lives in Petaluma, CA with a house full of boys.
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