Campaign Photography with Sears Grilling: Product Photography #GrillingisHappiness #SoFabU

Can I just say, I’m so very sad that our class is about half over.

I have learned so, so much over the past few weeks; it’s amazing.  I’m actually enjoying taking pictures.

I’m learning to look at things from different angles, pay attention to lighting, zoom, manually operate my camera {gasp!}, and edit better than I’ve ever been able to.

Product Photography

This week’s unit was on product photography.

Unit 1 focused on editing skills in Pixlr and Unit 2 was about path-to-purchase photography.

Last week, I went out to our local Sears and took tons and tons of pictures of the grills in the store.

I feel completely horrible, too, because I forgot to mention how great Mr. Clark was.  He was helpful, didn’t mind me taking pictures at all, and really did some work to let me know when my grill would still be on sale, when he could do the Friends and Family discount, and more.  Two thumbs up for him!

Sears was absolutely fabulous and gave each of us a gift card to purchase the grill of our choice!  With the gift card and the sale going on, we got a $700 grill for $38.  Score!

This week our task was to photograph the grill we ended up purchasing.

We were given a few tips to help us make the most of our product photography session:

  • Make sure the product is the focus of the shot; front and center!
  • Use optical zoom {when the camera does the zooming, not using editing software to zoom} to fill the frame with the product.
  • Experiment with a bounce card {something white like posterboard or a tri-fold board} to provide fill light {fill the shadows}.
  • Experiment with different aperture and shutter speed.  The smaller the aperture {an f/stop number}, the more light is let in.

Look at what a difference changing a little number makes!

  • Experiment.  Then, experiment some more.  Finish by experimenting.  Just to be sure you’ve done everything correctly, experiment.

Our Grill

Ladies and gentlemen, I am pleased to introduce you to Phil, our Char-Broil TRU Infrared Grill.

His name really isn’t Phil; he doesn’t have a name.  But, I just felt like, for the purpose of this blog post, he should have a name…

This baby is the Char-Broil Quantum Infrared 4 Burner Gas Grill with Auto-Clean™.

It is big and pretty and awesome.

It has a large cooking area and can be rigged to use natural gas or propane.  It has an auto-clean feature to make clean-up a breeze.

I love it!

I took my photos during an overcast morning.  I’m glad I did; it was hard enough getting pictures without sunlight glare on that metal without the sun…

Here are a few of the 140+ that made the cut.

I’d like to once again say thank you to Sears for making this possible.  I haven’t enjoyed something on my blog so much in a while.

Our old grill broke a few months ago and we accepted the fact that we’d go the summer without one.

I was excited to learn about photography in this course.  We had no idea we’d be getting a grill for practically nothing.  Thank you.

I’d also like to thank Social Fabric for making this possible.  The instruction we’ve received has been phenomenal.  Again, thank you.

True Confessions:  I am a member of the Collective Bias™ Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™ and Sears #CBias #GrillingIsHappiness. All photos and opinions are my own.