I don’t know about you, but I really love vintage ads. They remind me what life was like back in the day and inevitably spark the feeling of nostalgia. But there some ads that seem as if they came from darkest corners of the advertising world. And in this video, Azriel Knight brings you five hilariously bad camera ads from the ‘80s and ‘90s. They reach the impossible levels of awkwardness, and they’ll make you cringe. But also laugh.
Those of us in the UK who grew up in the 1980s will mostly remember George Cole as the lovable rogue Arthur Daley in the TV show Minder, which ran from 1979 until 1994. But this wasn’t all he was doing. In the ’80s, he was also moonlighting in adverts for Olympus, along with legendary fashion and portrait photographer David Bailey.
These TV commercials advertise the fancy “new” all-in-one Olympus cameras, like the Olympus AZ 300 Super Zoom, Olympus Trip AF, and the Olympus AF-10, and they show that attitudes towards gear and elitism have never really changed. I think we all know people like this, even if just online if not in real life.
Earlier this year, Samsung was busted for using stock photos to show off capabilities of Galaxy A8’s camera. And now they did it again – they used a stock image taken with a DSLR to fake the camera’s portrait mode. How do I know this, you may wonder? Well, it’s because Samsung used MY photo to do it.
One day at a McDonald’s restaurant, Jevh Maravilla was sitting with his friend and noticed that there were no Asian in any of the ad posters. At the same time, he saw a blank wall and had a crazy idea: what if they put a photo of themselves up there? The idea soon became reality, and the guys managed to hang a professional-looking poster with them as the models. And the funny thing is – no one noticed anything unusual for almost two months.
Ina hilarious video, Jevh shares how they did it, from planning the shoot to hanging it on the McDonald’s wall. And I must say it’s some high-quality trolling.
Food and drinks in ads always look so appetizing. It may take hours, a professional studio, and expensive gear to create these inviting food ads. But if your budget is tight – you can film them too, with a smartphone and plenty of creativity. This video by a Chinese studio is full of examples to show you how to take high-end food videos on a low-budget. And even if you’re not into food ads at all, I’m sure you’re gonna love the creativity behind these shots.
In the era of the internet, it’s not at all uncommon to find your photos used by someone else without your permission. This happened to Edward Kelly of Marlton, New Jersey, who found his selfie used in an ad. On Pornhub. To make things even worse, it seems that the ad has been on the largest pornography website for at least six years. So, when discovering this, Kelly decided to file a lawsuit against Pornhub, seeking more than $3 million in damages and compensation for the use of his photo.
In the past few months, Apple has released a slew of ads boasting the iPhone X’s Portrait Lighting, but this latest commercial is definitely among the best we’ve seen. Titled ‘Studio in your pocket,’ it shows a young woman taking a selfie at a busy train station, and all sorts of studio lights and umbrellas start to appear out of nowhere. I have to say it’s certainly an eye-catching way to promote the iPhone X’s (so far) unmatched camera capabilities.