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





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





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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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





Saratoga Spring Water – Splash, Liquid Photography – Chautauqua County N.Y.

31 01 2015

Splash – Liquid photography- Moore Images Photographic Services

A composite put together in Photoshop of spring water pouring into a glass on white. High speed flash used to stop the motion of the water and capture it as a split second rather than a soft flowing bit of water. Area left in the scene to drop marketing type.

Saratoga Spring Water

Saratoga Spring Water





Perfume and Smoke – Product Photography – Westfield N.Y.

31 01 2015

Small product photography

Perfume bottle and creative use of smoke

A studio image of a small decorated perfume bottle done as a single exposure and then a seprate exposures of the smoke where taken and added to the perfume bottle. The humming bird was created in Photoshop by taking images of smoke and shaping them into the humming bird shape. Photoshop was also used to retouch the bottle to get rid of imperfections and dust and to create the reflection.

Perfume and Smoke

Perfume bottle with a smoke humming bird





Makeup powder burst 1- Product photographer – Jamestown, Chautauqua County N.Y.

19 01 2015

A composite of 6 images make up the image posted below. I shot each element separate so that I could control every element during the photographic process as well as the Post Processing in Photoshop. Product (studio) photography is all about control and being able to produce the images that the clients bring into the studio. There was also a element of motion stopping using high speed flash.

Make up product photography

Cosmetic brush and powder burst





Product Photography – Food Photography, Westfield, Chautauqua County N.Y.

9 12 2014
Burning Asphalt BBQ Sauce

Bottle of Burning Asphalt BBQ Sauce on Burning Asphalt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A photograph of asphalt with cracks in it that I have placed glowing orange glows and flames coming out of the cracks for this BBQ sauce that is made by Burning Asphalt Sauces out of Forestville, N.Y.





Product Photography – Jamestown, Chautauqua County, New York

21 11 2014

Light Painting, Studio Photography

Yellow dress purse or clutch light painted on black slate. The process used to record this image was to use a small LED flashlight with a PVC light modifier to brush light across the texture of the purse in multiple exposures. The seprate images (a total of 5) where combined in Photoshop using layer masking to bring all the images together, The final work was done in Lightroom 5.

Light Painted Yellow Purse

Product Photography
Light Painted Yellow Purse on Slate





Photograph of Cherries in a handturned wooden bowl

7 08 2014

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It’s getting to be the end of Cherry season here in Chautauqua County New York. I figured I would preserve the harvest is my way, with a photograph rather than canning or freezing. The taste isn’t as fresh but they should last longer.

This was produced with a single Medium Softbox (24×36″) coming in from the rear left side of the image, a black card in front of the softbox to knock down the light spill on the table and bowl, a white foamcore fill card in the front right. The image was finished in Lightroom and Onone Photoshop plugins.





Wine Bottle Photography

6 08 2014

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Each bottle was photographed separately on a white background and then removed from the studio shot using the selection tools in photoshop. Once I had each wine bottle removed from the background I could build a background in photoshop as in the second version or I could take any image in my library and add the bottles over that image as I did with the Johnson Estate bottles and the winter image of the Winery and Gift shop.





New Photoshop Technique – Photos from Westfield N.Y. and Chautauqua Institution

10 03 2012

Have been working on a new technique in photoshop to blend a photo with a couple of other layers to give the image a painterly,drawing with a bit of the photo showing through it all.

The photograph was duped in PS5 and that dupe was changed into a black and white and then duped again and some filter effects added to give it a drawing look and then blended and combined on top of the photograph layer.  Then the background texture layer was brought in and moved to the bottom of the stack.  A multiply layer blend was added to the top layer and a black adjustment mask was added to the original photo layer to allow the selected blending of the whole group.

 

Click on any of the images to see a larger version.

 

 

 

Chautauqua Institution - Photoshop effect

Chautauqua Institution lake front

 

Westfield N.Y. barn and round bale

Westfield N.Y. barn and round bale

 

Timber frame house

Timber frame house

 





Your next cold one’s on the way

10 01 2012

This is a composite image of the truck and beer bottle. The truck was taken at ISO 100, f13 @ 60th of a sec. with a 44mm zoom on the lens. The truck was moving at about 60 mph and I was hand holding the camera thru a pan.

The beer bottle was shot in the studio with 2 canon 580 exll on camera flashes, 1 on the camera for fill and one behind the bottle in a 24″x24″ softbox triggered with radio poppers. The on camera flash that was used for fill was 2 stops less than the back light.

Both images where taken into PS5 for the composite, motion blur was added to separate layers and dupes of layers to give me complete control. Some desaturation was added as well as color in the sky, darkening of the corners and sky, and I “constructed” the structure to support the neck of the bottle. I also added some noise to the bottle to better match the trucks noise or grain.

Click on the images to see a larger version.





Sunrise on Chautauqua Lake N.Y.

1 10 2011
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Chautauqua Inst. Bell Tower, Chautauqua Lake Sunrise

 

Sunrise picture of the Chautauqua Institution’s Miller Bell Tower and Chautauqua Lake N.Y. which is in the western part of New York State in Chautauqua County. Sitting at the computer with 40 degree temps outside and just figured a nice summer time sunrise images would make people feel a little warmer. Hope it worked.








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