Product Photography School – Photigy.com Review

25 09 2015

Photigy.com Review, The best place to learn Product Photography

This is part 1 of what looks like a great review about Photigy.com. I have not been able to find a better more complete source of product photography tutorials, resources, and world wide community of product photographers. If you’re interested in product photography and or CGI used in product photography this is the place to be if you want to learn what is needed to be a studio still life and product photographer.

Photigy.com

Photigy.com review





Using Facebook as a Marketing Platform – The Slanted lens

24 09 2015

Effectively using facebook as a marketing platform form the slanted lens. Check out stantedlens.com

Do any of you use facebook paid ads to target your target market? If you do how successful has it been for you.





Fujin Mark II Vacuum “Lens” Sucks The Dirt, Dust, & Grime Right Out Of Your SLR – DIY Photography

24 09 2015

FUJIN MARK II VACUUM “LENS” SUCKS THE DIRT, DUST, & GRIME RIGHT OUT OF YOUR SLR

Source: Fujin Mark II Vacuum “Lens” Sucks The Dirt, Dust, & Grime Right Out Of Your SLR – DIY Photography

Interesting idea and may extent the need to do a serious cleaning of the interior of your camera. What do you think about this camera vacuum and does the price make it worth the investment?





Beverage Photography – Whiskey Glass with Ice – Graphic Representation

23 09 2015

Glass of Whiskey with Ice

Graphic Representation with colored ice

Playing around in the studio and Photoshop

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Beer Bottle Photography – Beverage Photography – Product Photography

21 09 2015

Beer Bottle Photography, Beverage Photography

Same bottle as the previous shot of the Stella Artois beer bottle but I was playing with a color burst background which was created in Photoshop using colors pulled from the bottle and a burst was hand drawn on a new layer this layer was taken into the the radial blur filter > blur method was switched to Zoom and the amount was 80. This filter setting was added multiple times to get the look I wanted. I didn’t like the first attempt at the background so I just painted some more on the same layer and applied the filter again.

 

Beer bottle photography with burst background

Stella Artois bottle photography with burst background





Beer Photography Tutorial from Photigy.com and Ilya and Maz Plotnikov

21 09 2015

Beer Photogaphy How-to

Beer Photography tutorial

A new tutorial offering from Photigy.com and Ilya and Max Plotnikov of  Doberman Studios.  Two brothers that are producing incredible images in Russia. I think this world wide community of product photography and photographers that Photigy.com brings together is just incredible.

This tutorial on beer bottle photography takes you through selecting the most common focal length lenses for commercial work to lighting all the way through post processing in Photoshop. They walk you through four complete images both in the studio and in photoshop. Each image has different looks which require different techniques. The use minimal equipment in the studio and are masters at the post processing side of the image production workflow. If you have any interest in beverage, bottle or beer photography this is one of the best and most complete workflow tutorials I’ve been able to find to date. While you’re at Photigy.com checking out the beer photography tutorial also check out their Studio Basics course and if your a little more advanced in your product photography shooting check out Proclub.

A couple of my images you have already seen but they are based on some of Ilya Plotnikov techniques.

Black bottle on black

Black bottle on black background

Skyy Vodka on blue

Product shot of a bottle of Skyy Vodka

Photography of a bottle of Stella Artois

Bottle of Stella Artois





Stella Artios – Beer Bottle Photography – Product photography

19 09 2015

Beverage – Beer Bottle Photography

Bottle of Stella Artios photographed with a Canon 5D MarkIII and a Canon 24 – 70mm 2.8L. I also used a single Paul C. Buff Einstein with a small strip box attached. The light was moved around the bottle and shots where taken on both the right and left side as well as directly behind the bottle. These images where taken into Photoshop and combined and cleaned up to produce the image you see here.

Photography of a bottle of Stella Artois

Bottle of Stella Artois

 





Beer Bottle Photography – Angry Orchard – Beverage Photography

18 09 2015

Beer Photography

Close up of the neck and cap of a bottle of Angry Orchard cider

This is another Photoshop composite image made up of the front bottle 2 images,  one of the back light, one with the lid and label lit properly. Then this front bottle image was added to the image of the background bottles. The background image was blurred a bit and a warm tone radial gradient was added to give it some ambiance and finally a vignette was added to finish it off.

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Beer Bottle Photography – Beverage Photography – Product Photography

17 09 2015

Beer Bottle on Black

Beverage photography, black bottle on black background.

This image was produced using a single Paul C. Buff Einstein monolight with a large strip light. The light was moved around the bottle and an exposure was taken on the left side to rim light that side and then the same light was moved to the right side to get the same rim light and then a diffusion panel was placed in front of the strip box to produce the diffused hightlight on the left front side of the bottle and then moved to light up the cap area. These 4 exposures where taken into Photoshop and combined into the single image you see here. Some retouching and sharpening was also added in Photoshop.

Black bottle on black

Black bottle on black background

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Beverage Photography – Bottle Photography

14 09 2015

Bottle Photography – Skyy Vodka bottle on Blue

A multiple exposure composite in PS. I used a single light with a large stripe box on it and moved the light around the bottle to give me a quick studio shooting session and options in Photoshop when I brought the images in to composite them into the final image. This way of shooting which wasn’t possible a few years ago gives you a lot of options on how you want the final image to look and is also allows you to make multiple version of the image depending on what exposures you use in Photoshop. It allows the client to say I like this highlight on the left but I want that different highlight on the right etc. etc. This just offer many possibilities.

Skyy Vodka on blue

Product shot of a bottle of Skyy Vodka





Cosmetic / Perfume Photography – Product photographer – Western New York – Chautauqua County New York

12 09 2015

This image is a multiple image composite made up of the bottle, then the chrome lid and finally the background. The background was made by using a “lightsword” attached to a small LED flashlight with a blue filter to add the color. The individual components where taken into Photoshop and composited and retouch to clean up any blemishes.

Bottle of Beyonce Pulse perfume

Product image of a bottle of Beyonce Pulse





Whiskey Glass with splash – Beverage Photography – Western New York, Chautauqua County New York

10 09 2015

Beverage Photography

Liquid Splash – Dropping Ice Cubes in a glass of Whiskey

Rocks glass with whiskey on a white sheet of plexi – glass.

Whiskey splash on white

Whiskey glass with splash





Watch Photography – Product Still life Photography – Western New York – Chautauqua County NY

6 09 2015

Black on Black Watch Photography

Photographing a watch with a black body, black straps, a black face, black numbers and finally very dark grey hands was an exercise in controlling highlights to show the shape and details of the watch while keeping it black. This image is made up of three exposures that where brought together in Photoshop so that I could light individual elements and control them in Photoshop of the watch.

Product Photography Retouching

When you are photographing something as small as a watch you start to see all the imperfections that need to be corrected when you do your post processing. Retouching on this watch took up sometime. Everything that’s wrong jumps out at you when you’re working close up on a smaller item. All the imperfections in the product show up and need to be fixed as well as and handling marks, finger prints, scratches etc. Highlights need to be smoothed out, reduced, or enlarged to make everything look perfect. Perfection is always the goal when we are trying to show the product at it’s best.

Black on Black Watch

Black on Black Watch








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