Tuesday, January 26, 2021

I'm sure you've all seen this

This image has been all over the internet in various places for a while now. And of course, anyone who has used a soldering iron gets a good chuckle out of this.

But actually, this violates one of the prime rules of professional commercial photography (my first line of work many years ago). When you're going to photograph something in a commercial setting like this, if you yourself are not familiar with the product and/or what's going on, then you'd better as all heck have someone from the company on set. They will act as your consultant and would immediately correct errors like this.

This has to be a throw away shot, that someone thought would be funny to circulate, as I highly doubt the client would have approved and used this in any publication or advertising.

72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP - When you care to send the very least!



  1. Tom Parkinson KB8UUZ12:37 PM

    If it smells like chicken, you're holding the wrong end....

  2. We had a staff photographer at a research station for many years. He would have no idea at all about the detail of the 120+ staff and thousands of students' work, so would simply go around with a PR detail and take whatever he thought looked nice. There was rarely any 'proof reading' of the images. So I suspect that this kind of thing is more common than we might hope!

  3. Lol, I can still remember the blisters on my hands when I first started soldering. 73 Paul