Large Product Lightpainting Photography- Erie Pa, Chautauqua County New York

17 08 2015

Lightpainting Product Photography

A classic Massey Ferguson tractor in a field, I used a lightpainting technique to give the tractor a unique painterly look that you can’t achieve any other way. Lightpainting like this is done with a small Olight M10 Maverick  LED flashlight and combining multiple images in Photoshop to build up the final image. In this case I used 31 separate images out of 81 total exposures. The tractor was brushed in light in small areas to light each part of the image slightly different but will still blend well with the other 30 images. In Photoshop the images are stacked and blending modes changed and then layer masks where used to help blend all the images together to come up with the final image.

Lightpainted Farm Tractor

Classic Farm Tractor that was lightpainted

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Jewelry Photography – Small Product Photography, Western New York, Jamestown Chautauqua County

15 08 2015

Jewelry Product Photography

Frog necklace

Jewelry photograph of a highly polished silver Frog necklace

Jewelry photography requires some special considerations. You’re usually working with very small products that require a very detailed image with all the highlights and gems showing both smooth highlights and dark tone to show the shape of the piece as well as the material that the piece is made from, whether it’s smooth and highly polished or textured. Then you may have stones to deal with and getting them to sparkle and shine. And it can be difficult to get all these materials and surfaces to look good in one image and may require excessive Photoshop to bring everything into one great looking image that can be used for marketing and sales materials.





Family Group Portraiture – Commercial Photographer, Jamestown, Chautauqua County New York

9 08 2015

I’m not a portrait photographer usually. Usually I spend my time creating images of inanimate objects, Architecture, products and landscapes. A close friend asked me to come up with something special when his kids gathered for fathers day this year. I made an image of each family group separately while standing in the yard of their cottage. Once I had an image of each group I removed the background so that just the people where left. Once that was done I could move the groupings on to any background I would like too. This is what I ended up doing.

Family Photo

Family Panoramic Image

 

 

 

 

Family Photo

Panoramic Photo of Family groups

 





Wild Turkey -Beverage studio product photography, Western New York, Chautauqua County

7 08 2015

This is a Studio Product shot of a bottle of Wild Turkey American Honey Bourbon Liqueur on a barrel. The background is of a fall color leaf scene that was blurred to make it look like a shallow depth of field was used.

 

Studio Product Beverage Image

Bottle of Wild Turkey and glass photographed in the studio

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Best place to learn Product Photography

4 08 2015

Product Photography How-To

If your interested in learning studio based product photography, the best place to learn that I’m aware of is Photigy. Photigy and it’s Co-Founder Alex Koloskov along with a very talented list of instructors provide you with 3 ways to learn studio product photography. The first being their Studio Basics Program a subscription based service that allows you to start at the beginning with equipment suggestion, Photoshop and Lightroom training, Shooting objects with one or more lights, Picking which lens to use and how to work with subjects with different surfaces. It also offers photo challenges to give you an opportunity to use your new skills. Then you have ProClub which as it sounds is geared toward the people that have more experience and probably more equipment. The program is geared towards producing portfolio quality images, with a new sense of creativity, new techniques, and artistic training. The last method that Photigy.com provides for anyone interested in product or splash photography is it’s offering of individual stand alone course that covers everything from splash photography, jewelry, working with 3D programs like 4D cinema and watch photography just to name a few. If you’re interested in learning product photography you should really check out what Photigy.com has to offer you. And without spending a dime you look at and post on the Photigy.com website or do the facebook thing at Photigy’s facebook page. Any of these options are an inexpensive way to start learning product photography on your own schedule with whatever equipment you might have on hand. And don’t forget about the best feature of the Photigy.com community, feedback. When you have a question, produce an image or for any other reason related to product photography you can post it on the Photigy forum or on the Photigy facebook page and get feedback from Instructors and other members of the Photigy.com community and feed back and critiques are priceless when provided by people that care about your advancement in Product Photography.





Dripping Lipstick – Product Photography in Western New York, Chautauqua County

4 08 2015

Product Photography – Western New York, Chautauqua County

Building the product image of Dripping Lipstick involved producing multiple images in the studio. One of the upside down lipstick, one of the standing lipstick case, another of a drip of nail polish, and then the one of the nail polish dripping down the lipstick case and puddling on the table. There was also a large amount of Photoshop done to clean up the elements and change the colors of all the elements to match.

Dripping Lipstick Cosmetic photograph








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