One of the baby steps which budding product photographers need to take is of course to establish a portfolio.
Say you want to be a still life photographer, and u start by shooting the Apple Macbooks (with the apple name and logo), Starbucks coffee (the lady gaga logo), Macdonald's burgers (with the Mac design wrapper).
The intention is not to sell these photos, but rather to show the world what you can deliver. However, the items you shot are clearly trademarked/copyrighted items, and you are using the photos of these trademarked/copyrighted items to showcase your ability, and in a sense hoping to derive commercial benefits (people to engage you for ur services once they see your portfolio). Is this an infringement of any law?
I know tonnes of people (even in the world) out there doing this, but it may not necessary be right.
Anyone can advise if it's legal to build a portfolio for showcase using clearly trademarked/copyright items?