Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Doing a Casio G-Shock Product Review Using Photobasic Reflector by Westcott

A funny thing happened during the time change when we switched to Daylight Saving Time. I was still recovering at that point so I asked the wife (@pinayobserver) to adjust the time on our wall clocks - there were three. Then, I adjusted the time in my wrist watch and forgot about it. When I went to my photography class, I realized that the date on my watch was wrong so I readjusted it. I thought that I adjusted the date incorrectly when I set the EDT. It turned out that my watch broke and I don't know how.

Anyway, the funny thing was, when I asked the wife to have my watch replaced, and I asked her if I can get a Casio G-Shock, she readily said yes! Sometimes it pays to have surgery done on you. Yeah I know my shoulder problem will be solved but having that watch, a watch I've always wanted to have, was a great bonus. (Plus the Kindle of course.)

So, I set out to do a product shot of my latest gadget. At first, I just used the overhead light. However, I was getting shadows where I didn't want to. So, I switched to a bedside lamp. Still, the light wasn't what I wanted it to be. And photography is all about light!

So, I've thought of a solution: I learned early on that one should not take photos during the midday sun because the harsh light on your model will cause harsh shadows and will make your model squint. Instead put your subject in the shadows so that the light will wrap around his/her face.

So, I did the equivalent of putting my subject, the watch, in the shadows: I used a Photobasic 5-in-1 reflector by Westcott. I used the diffuser to diffuse the light from the overhead lamp and I finally got the shot that I wanted.

Lessons learned? You don't need any special gadget to do a product shot and the reflector that you use for your people photos can also be used for small items.

And if you are sick, there's a great chance your wish will come true. ;)

All shots made with a Canon Powershot G12 mounted on a Slik Sprint Pro tripod. My review of the G12 can be found here and the best bag for your G12 can be found here.

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