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Red Headphones

Postby Duck » Wed Jan 21, 2015 9:50 am

Shot on black acrylic. I edited out the cord as it looked awkward to me just dangling there. Does this look odd to you or does this work?

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Re: Red Headphones

Postby TomCofer » Wed Jan 21, 2015 11:33 am

Looks great to me Duck.
Only comment would be that a person purchasing them might think they were cordless if one isn't shown.
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Re: Red Headphones

Postby Onslow » Wed Jan 21, 2015 2:40 pm

TomCofer wrote:Looks great to me Duck.
Only comment would be that a person purchasing them might think they were cordless if one isn't shown.

Ditto that. The only other thing I can pick is there is a white triangle of something jutting into the right hand earpiece. It's at the top. I find it jarring because it is all smooth apart from that. Otherwise, lovely image that works for me.

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Re: Red Headphones

Postby Duck » Wed Jan 21, 2015 3:53 pm

John, that little bit of white triangle is where the cord originates. When I get the chance I'll put in a cord. I hate the way the cord photographed so I might have to just render one. The original cord was all wrapped up and stiff looking.

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Re: Red Headphones

Postby Duck » Fri Jan 23, 2015 5:59 am

So I took the cord issue under advisement and added one in. In this case it is completely fabricated in PS so don't look too closely. ;)

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Re: Red Headphones

Postby Onslow » Fri Jan 23, 2015 6:31 am

Duck wrote:So I took the cord issue under advisement and added one in. In this case it is completely fabricated in PS so don't look too closely. ;)

Duck, that looks far better to my eye. Interesting that just the addition of a simple cord as in this case can have such an impact on the final impression. :)

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Re: Red Headphones

Postby Duck » Fri Jan 23, 2015 6:48 am

You and Tom were so right in saying the cord was a needed element. I'm glad I revisited this and added it in.
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Re: Red Headphones

Postby TomCofer » Fri Jan 23, 2015 5:22 pm

Great work on the cord fabrication Duck!
I wouldn't have known it wasn't the real thing without being told.
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I like that version much more.
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Re: Red Headphones

Postby Ed Shapiro » Sat Jan 24, 2015 11:18 pm

Duck! I love your red cord! Well- gotta tell you; some cords, cables and connectors are #1 on my ‘”I Hate When that Happens List”, especially when they need to be shown as they actually are because of technical interface reasons that have to do with the product’s usage. What’s worse is that some of the industrial products that I a called in to photograph are not exactly works of pretty industrial design. Some of theses are prototypes with bad paint-jobs and are not yet “production” models. So… some of theses devices look like they were slapped together in a garage workshop but in fact will cost tens of thousands of dollars once they go into production. The end client is paying for the technology and not for the “looks” but the stuff still need to look “impressive” in the advertising and prospectus literature. On certain assignment, the cords can become the bane of my existence- at leas for the day! Thank goodness for PhotoShop- used to be lots of airbrush work!

I have taken to gently coating black cables with light oil to make the appear better, suspending wires in “mid air” with monofilament fishing line and cloning out the line in the editing and just playing with some of theses wires for hours until I can get them to stay in a nice shape. It’s kind crazy when I can set up a basic shot and light it in 15 minutes and then spend the rest of the day messing around with the wires or working them somehow after the fact in the computer. It all comes with the territory.

I do quite a bit of commercial and industrial photography in my city which has a significant high-tech industry- here in Canada we have become known as Silicon Valley North. Lots of wires!

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Re: Red Headphones

Postby Duck » Sat Jan 24, 2015 11:34 pm

Ed, like you, I too hate dealing with cords. Specially when a product comes in new and the cord is all bundled up. One trick I have used on several occasions is a hair dryer to soften the wire and work out the kinks. But, if I can get away with not showing it that's the way I'll go.

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