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Designer boots

Postby Duck » Tue Sep 05, 2017 5:34 am

During a friend's photo shoot I grabbed these boots and went off to a quiet corner for an impromptu product shot. After sitting on this for a while I thought I would give it a non standard processing treatment. No, this would probably not fly for a client but I wanted to get people's opinions here to see if it could at least garner some viewer appreciation. Thoughts and comments appreciated, as always.
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Postby davechinn » Tue Sep 05, 2017 9:35 am

A fine lookin' pair of boots !!! I like this image and it would go over pretty well as a product advertisement. However, my personal preference (based on the background) would have been to use weathered boots. It would fit the background environment much better, IMO. I understand this was a quick, grab the boots and shoot, which may not been your intentions. Either way, I still like it as is.
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Postby Psjunkie » Tue Sep 05, 2017 12:04 pm

A very nice image Duck..Mr. Chinn has a point, I would also consider leaving the camera right laces untied, technically well done, all just really depends on your vision....

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Postby LindaShorey » Tue Sep 05, 2017 12:10 pm

I love the positioning of the boots and the pristine, shiny newness contrasted against aged and weathered. The bright board on left is distracting; I'd like to see it more detailed and darker like the right side or the one below it. The laces, zippers, top stitching...all the details of this "product shot" are wonderful IMO. The photo certainly makes me want to go out and purchase a pair :D
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Re: Designer boots

Postby Duck » Tue Sep 05, 2017 4:24 pm

davechinn wrote:A fine lookin' pair of boots !!! I like this image and it would go over pretty well as a product advertisement. However, my personal preference (based on the background) would have been to use weathered boots. It would fit the background environment much better, IMO. I understand this was a quick, grab the boots and shoot, which may not been your intentions. Either way, I still like it as is.
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Yes, I agree this setting would have been ideal for weathered boots. But as far as I know, most companies don't sell preworn shoes from an online catalog. :D
This was not initially created as a catalog piece. I was going for more of an editorial feel with a straight, clean processing of the image. This particular look came about because I was playing around with grunge effects in PS. No, these boots don't really say grunge but I was pleasantly surprised by the result and thought I'd get some feedback. Thanks for your input, I appreciate it.

Psjunkie wrote:A very nice image Duck..Mr. Chinn has a point, I would also consider leaving the camera right laces untied, technically well done, all just really depends on your vision....

Untied... hmmm... that feels so wrong to me but then, I've been known to be wrong before. I get your point though. It would have given the scene a more casual feel. I'll make that a note for the future. Thanks.

LindaShorey wrote:I love the positioning of the boots and the pristine, shiny newness contrasted against aged and weathered. The bright board on left is distracting; I'd like to see it more detailed and darker like the right side or the one below it. The laces, zippers, top stitching...all the details of this "product shot" are wonderful IMO. The photo certainly makes me want to go out and purchase a pair :D

The brightness on the left bothered me too but I thought it was just me having been staring at this too long. I'll go back and see if I can tone it down some. Thanks for the critique.

Overall (minus a few tweaks) I was happy with this look. Not my typical style but it seemed to work well. I'll have to try this with some watches. ;)
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Re: Designer boots

Postby Matt Quinn » Wed Sep 06, 2017 1:29 am

When I first viewed them, I thought the boots looked slightly used; a crease across the toes in the right shoe, and what looks like worn interiors at the tops of each boot. I was surprised to learn that they were new. I like the sheen on the left boot, but I find the right boot's tones above the dark toe section to be thin -- the only word that comes to mind. The overall tone reminds me of chocolate and my need for some. In a catalog, though, I would pass this by. Matt
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Postby Duck » Wed Sep 06, 2017 7:43 am

Matt Quinn wrote:When I first viewed them, I thought the boots looked slightly used; a crease across the toes in the right shoe, and what looks like worn interiors at the tops of each boot. I was surprised to learn that they were new.

Not out of the box new, worn once new. Photographing these shoes was a spur of the moment thing and I was definitely looking for an editorial fee. l

Matt Quinn wrote:I like the sheen on the left boot, but I find the right boot's tones above the dark toe section to be thin -- the only word that comes to mind. The overall tone reminds me of chocolate and my need for some. In a catalog, though, I would pass this by. Matt

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Re: Designer boots

Postby St3v3M » Thu Sep 14, 2017 5:21 am

Duck wrote:During a friend's photo shoot I grabbed these boots and went off to a quiet corner for an impromptu product shot. After sitting on this for a while I thought I would give it a non standard processing treatment. No, this would probably not fly for a client but I wanted to get people's opinions here to see if it could at least garner some viewer appreciation. Thoughts and comments appreciated, as always.

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Re: Designer boots

Postby minniev » Fri Sep 15, 2017 7:45 pm

It's a well taken image, and the weathered wood and rusty "thingy" make a great backdrop.

The brighter wood on the left side stands out a bit much to my eye. And for reasons that are likely just personal to me, the impression of leftward lean troubles me.

It is very interesting to see your kind of photography, commercial/product type photography, because it forces me to see in an entirely different way than what is usual for me. And new ways to see are always opportunities for growth.
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