Whiskey and Wine – Liquor bottle photograph on Whiskey barrel – Beverage Photography

18 10 2015
Whiskey and Wine bottles

Whiskey bottle on whiskey barrel with wine bottles in the background 








A quick shot of a bottle of Whiskey from a local small distiller in Westfield New York. A whiskey barrel planter turned upside down  was used as the table. The background is made up of wine bottles also sitting on the whiskey barrel. Depth of field was very shallow at f2.8 just to make sure the label was sharp and the focus started falling off right away. Lighting was provided by a single Paul C. Buff Einstein in a PCB strip light that was moved around the set and multiple exposures where taken to later be combined in Photoshop. I took 5 of the exposures into Photoshop and did some layer masking to select the area of the each exposure that I wanted to use in the final image. A little light flare was adding into the left side of the image and finished off with some unsharp mask.

What do you think?

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

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

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

Product Photography-Lightpainting-Flyfishing

29 05 2013
Fly fishing equipment-Lightpainted

A lightpainted images of fly fishing equipment.














Product Photography by: Kurt A. Moore- Moore Images Photographic Services- Westfield, Chautauqua County New York

A photograph of fly fishing equipment. Once the equipment was arranged on the table the lights in the studio were turned out and the items were brushed over with a small LED flashlight, I tried to produce this product photograph in a single exposure but I couldn’t quite do it. So I focused on getting the proper exposure and look in smaller select areas and then took these 4 selections into Photoshop and combined them to produce the final image.


Painted tanker car update – Railroad car images – Westfield N.Y.

14 10 2011
HDR image

HDR image

HDR image after lightpainting

HDR image after lightpainting - Westfield N.Y. - Chautauqua Co. N.Y.

HDR image after lightpainting and then taken back into HDR software

The top two images are from a previous post showing the image after coming out of HDR efex pro, the the same image after doing some light painting in Photoshop CS5. I like the second image better than any of the straight out of camera image and the straight out of HDR software image but it still wasn’t right, what I envisioned as the finished image. I walked away from the image for awhile, when I  got back to it I took the light painted image into nik software HDR efex pro to rework it. With quite a bit of structure added to the image as well as some tonal control we have made the image look more like what I think it should.

I do this a lot. Walking away from an image and coming back to it days, weeks, even months later to rework it.

Blue and Yellow Rail cars – Light painted

9 10 2011

Image #1

Straight out of the camera

Image #2

Light painted in Photoshop CS5. Duplicated image darkened down dupe with a levels adjustment layer and them painted away the dupe to shape and highlight sections of the image to give it some character that wasn’t in the original image.

Image #3

The light painted image was taken into HDR software to add saturation, structure (clarity) and vignette.

SOC railway cars

Straight out of camera - rail cars

rail cars lightpainted in Photoshop cs5

Light painted railway cars

Railway cars - light painted HDR

HDR - light painted - railway cars

Tanker car light painting

20 09 2011

railcar before lightpainting

Make sure you look at the larger images by clicking on the image of your choice.

The above image is a 3 frame HDR image to get detail into the shadows on a contrasty day.

Lightpainted tanker car

With this image I took the results from the HDR combined images into photoshop and did some light painting to give the car a little character and shape.

Couplers – Railway

19 09 2011

Coupler - straight out of camera - normal exp.

The following image is a 3 image HDR  that was taken from the HDR software into photoshop. While in photoshop I did some light painting in a levels layer mask to highlight edges and just highlight the features and details that I wanted to bring your attention too.

Coupler - Rail Road - Light painted

Crossfire large product photography

16 08 2010

Photo by Kurt A. Moore-Moore Images Photographic Services
Westfield Chautauqua County New York

This photograph that was taken on the shores of Lake Erie in Westfield New York started out as an exercise in lighting a large product with small on camera type flashes. After finding the correct ambient light exposure using the shutter speed to record the sunset at the tone I felt was proper I set up two on camera type flash units facing back towards the trees with orange gels on each to provide some colored detail to the trees and surrounding foliage. The next step in the process was to place two additional on camera type flash units on the ground facing towards the car to illuminate the ground under the car. An additional single flash unit was placed inside the car to light the interior. One more stationary flash was placed on a small light stand facing the car from camera position to provide illumination onto the grass in front of the car. Each of the the flash groupings as described above were exposed separately to allow me some flexibility while combining the exposures in Photoshop. The headlights and marker lights on the car itself were also exposed as a separate exposure. The exposure on the car itself was accomplished with multiple flash pops from a unit in a 24″ x 24″ soft box. During the multiple pops of the flash unit I walked around the car to accomplish an even smooth lighting on the side of the car as well as on the front of the car and the hood. With the seven separate exposures in the camera one for the sunset, one for the trees, one for the ground behind the car, one for the interior of the car, one for the headlights and marker lights, one for the foreground exposure and one for the light painting of the car itself I took all these exposures into Photoshop and combined them to come up with the finished product you see here. The reason that I spent this much time and energy making so many individual exposures was to give me the flexibility I needed in Photoshop to control each element independent of each other that way I can control color brightness density in any of the other adjustments to come up with exactly the image that I have envisioned in my mind before I get started.

Lightpainting Studio Still life

9 05 2010

Photo and Image Editing by Kurt A. Moore-Moore Images Photographic Services
Westfield New York
This image is an attempt to control the look and feel of a studio shot to a point that you can’t control the highlights, shadows, sharpness and focus when taking an images. This image is a composite of two images of the same subject. One has a -3 stop exposure of the subject shot with a small softbox directly over head. The other image is shot with a small softbox at 90 degrees to the left of camera and a correct exposure is used. Once the images were taken into photoshop they were stacked on separate layers, with the underexposed image on top with heavy diffusion added. Then with an adjustment mask added to the top layer it was painted out to reveal the image below. By control the brush opacity and size you control the amount of the upper layer you leave.

Hallway lightpainting update

4 05 2010

Photo by Kurt A. Moore-Moore Images
Westfield New York

This photograph was taking in a condo at a local ski and golf resort here in Chautauqua County in Western New York. The image was taken with a point and shoot camera with built-in flash. After loading the image in photoshop and removing the elements as marked and correcting the perspective I duplicated the layer in Photoshop and them darkened it by about 3 stops and added some diffusion. With a layer mask added I painted out most of this duplicated layer to add some tonal changes and to give the image some sense of depth or dimension that the original image didn’t have straight out of the camera.

Lightpainting-Vidal Blanc

3 05 2010

Light painted with oncamera flash and flashlight

Vidal Blanc

Photo by Kurt A. Moore-Moore Images
Westfield New York
Vidal Blanc is a self assigned project consisting of a photograph that is composed of five images of a bottle of Johnson Estate Winery’s Vidal Blanc wine. Johnson Estate is the oldest estate winery in New York State and is located here in Westfield N.Y. on the Lake Erie plateau. The light source for three of the five images was a single on camera type flash unit that was fired multiple times to build up the exposure. The light streak was made with the help of a LCD flashlight with a number of individual bulbs in it. The image that provided the main body of the bottle was illuminated with the flashlight during a failed attempt at making the light streak. Once I had the five separate image I took them into photoshop CS4 to combine them, color correct and clean up the the light streak as well as adding the text which was taken from the wine bottle label.

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