This is the New York, New York casino in Vegas, or NYNY, as it is often called in ads. Behind the Brooklyn Bridge is a Pepsi “mural” facing Las Vegas Blvd. In the background is the Chrysler Building, a NYC subject of countless photographs.

Last summer, after I posted an image in here of the Gibson Les Paul guitar at the Philly Hard Rock Café*, I thought about product placement we photographers sometimes inadvertently capture as we go about our business of creating images.

I thought, why should I sell my image files for two bucks ($2 USD) on 500, when I could include big time companies in my images and see if they will throw some appreciation my way? Why should Hollywood be the only one getting in on this lucrative action?

So here are some images taken long before I ever had this product placement thought. How many of your images have advertising built into them in some fashion, be it food, clothing logos, a city, a billboard , ad juxtaposition on a street shot, a tourist attraction….?

These images “sponsored” by….. Prada, Pepsi, Dior, & The Hard Rock Café, courtesy of the fabulous city of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Canon. Travel arrangements by Expedia….. see where this is going? Lots of companies involved in bringing you these images.

*That sentence counts as promotion for four different entities. Count them. I hope no one believes I am serious, just sharing my observation and images.

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