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





Make up brushes and powder burst – Cosmetic Photography – Moore Images Photographic Services

20 01 2015

A single exposure using action stopping short flash duration to freeze the motion of the make up powder exploding off the lower brush. With the black background you can easily extend it to make room for marketing text and contact information.

Kurt A. Moore

Product Photographer

creativeproductphotos.com

Cosmetic powder burst with two brushes

Two brushes with makeup powder burst





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 Photographer – Jamestown, Chautauqua County, N.Y.

2 12 2014
Perfume bottle product shot

A studio product photograph of a small decorative perfume bottle

Product photograph of a perfume bottle

In the studio I place this small perfume bottle on a post to allow me to light it from all directions. 3 lights with strip or soft boxes and some reflectors where used to light the bottle. Then a bit of retouching was done in photoshop to clean up the image and finish it off.





Beverage photography – Westfield, Chautauqua County N.Y. – Glass of Beer with two bottles

3 09 2014
Glass of beer

Glass of beer with two bottles

Product Photo of a glass of beer

This is two images combined in photoshop. One of the glass with a reflector behind it and then the 2nd one of the background (bottles, Xmas lights and light on the wood)





Glass of Whiskey on White

18 08 2014
Glass of Whiskey on White

Glass of Whiskey with ice on white background

 

Product Photo shot on white

A glass of whiskey with ice on white plexiglass with a white background. A little retouching was done in photoshop. The lighting for the images was accomplished with 4 camera mounted flash units. Two units on each side of the subject pointed at a white background.

Camera and settings for this product photograph was a:

Canon 5D markIII set at f16 and a flash synch of 1/200 shutter speed

Canon 180mm macro lens

4 lumopro 120 flash units

Paul C. Buffs cyber synch flash triggers

Roll of white background paper for the background

Sheet of white plexiglass as a table top





Make up brush and powder

12 08 2014
Make up brush with powder

photograph of make up brush with powder

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BTS photo of make up brush and  powder

BTS photo of make up brush and powder

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Product Photography -Makeup brush with powder

This image of a make up brush with powder was taken using two lights and a reflector. The first light is the one lighting the left side of the brush, it’s a 12×36″ stripbox shooting thru a 36×36″ diffusion panel made up of savage diffusion plastic on a PVC frame. The second light is shot thru a snoot and pointed at the head of the brush and the powder. The right side of the brush was lit with a white foamcore reflector.  The final image is a composite of two images- one of the brush handle and one of the brush head and then so final cleanup in photoshop.

Camera: Canon 5D markIII

Lens: Canon 24-70mm 2.8L

Bogen tripod with side arm and manfrotto 405 head

Camranger to Ipad to trigger and view images during shoot

Flash units: White lightning ultra 1800s

Flash triggers: cyber commanders and cyber syncs from Paul C. Buff





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.





Product Photography – Wine Bottles – Arrowhead Winery, Northeast P.A.

7 01 2014
Arrowhead winery - Xmas tree wine bottle

Arrowhead wine – Xmas bottle

Product photography of Xmas tree wine bottle v2

Product photography of Xmas tree wine bottle v2

Xmas tree wine bottles

Xmas tree wine bottles

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three versions of a small product studio shot of a pair of Xmas tree shaped wine bottles from a local winery in Northeast P.A. called Arrowhead Winery on Rt 20.

 

The bottles where placed on a table in front of white background paper and lite with two 30×40 soft boxes, one on each side of the bottle towards the back illuminating the back edges and contents of the bottle. Then I placed two 30×40 white foam core boards in front of the subjects to reflect lights back onto the lettering and front of the bottles. I bracketed the exposures and during the post processing I pulled one of the underexposed images and used the underexposed sides of the bottles and combined the proper exposure of the bottles and the proper exposure of the sides into one combined exposure in PhotoshopCC.

I used fake snow to surround the bottles and add a bit of seasonal element to the foreground image.

Backgrounds:

The color lights where produced with Xmas lights hanging from a bar in the studio with the camera out of focus.

Snow covered evergreens was a stock shot I had on file

The red and yellow streaks where produced with a preset from OnOne enhance.

The bottles and snow where cut out of the studio background using the pen tool in PhotoshopCC. With the background removed it was easy to experiment with different backgrounds.





Product Photography – High angle images of Whiskey bottle and glass

7 01 2014
5&20 whiskey bottle and glass

5&20 whiskey bottle and glass

Small Product – Beverage – Behind the scene

High Angle 5&20 whiskey shot

Camera equipment and shooting information:

Canon 5D mark iii

Shutter speed 1/125th   ISO 100

Canon 24-70mm 2.8L – 70mm@ F8.0

Bogen/manfrotto  3236 with 410 gear head

Really Right Stuff – L bracket and quick release mounted to 410 gear head

Lighting equipment:

1st LumoPro 120 on camera type flash with long DIY snoot @ full power shooting thru back on bottle

2nd LumoPro 120 on camera type flash with long DIY snoot with small aperture @ ¼ power hitting just the logo on the bottle top.

White lightening ultra 1800 with a grid and barn doors @ 1/32 power lighting the front of the bottle

Barn doors keeping the light from spilling on to much of the table surface

Lighting control and triggering:

Paul C. Buff cyber commander used to adjust power on ultra 1800 and trigger cyber synchs on the Lumopro 120’s

Camera controlled thru CamRanger- using the camranger to use live view and controlling camera settings wirelessly. The CamRanger lets you view and control all camera functions from an Ipad or Iphone.(nice piece of equipment)

Table top is inexpensive laminate flooring from Home Depot.

Post Processing:

I used Lightroom 5 for basic post processing which included warming up the entire image and then pulling all that warmth off the top label and side label.  I also used Lightroom to crop the image, add contrast and clarity to the overall image as well as a vignette

The image was then moved to OnOne Perfect enhance 8 where I used the HDR adjustment bush on the top label and side label to sharpen them up and add contrast and the boarder was also added in OnOne.

The final stop was in Photoshop CC to clean the image up. Spot removal etc.

Behind the scene of the 5&20 whiskey bottle

Behind the scene image showing camera position and light placement





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

 





Another ad for a local brewery – self assigned photoshop exercise

11 01 2012

This is a self assigned photoshop exercise using a couple of images I already had on hand. The beer bottle label on the lighthouse is from the semi truck post made yesterday  and the Barcelona lighthouse and  harbor is a sunset panorama of the Barcelona lighthouse and harbor in Westfield N.Y. on Lake Erie is from 2010. The label was made to fit the lighthouse using the free transform tool in PS5. Some density control, contrast adjustment, and selective density control with the layers mask and bush tool was used to make the label appear that it is painted on the lighthouse.

If you have the opportunity to try some of Southern Tier Brewery’s offerings you should try it out.





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.





Black & White Conversion

18 10 2011

By Molly Kreeger

Photography By Molly Kreeger – www.mollykreegerphotography.com

Photoshop retouching by – Kurt A. Moore – Moore Images Photographic Services – Westfield N.Y.

The original images is a straight black and white conversion. You can see that the image needs some correction to make the image pop. A black and white image needs some true blacks and true whites and everything in between to make a good looking black and white conversion. We are working with a cute snapshot from Molly Kreeger Photography that you can see in the original image that is flat, muddy and overall grayish rather than black and white. With some contrast added a little bit of dodging and burning with the adjustment mask and a tiny bit of softening you turn a flat conversion into an image with a little pop and character.

 

By Molly Kreeger Photography

 

This comparison is the original image and the results after being worked in niks software silver efex. The grain and sepia tones give the image an aged look. Just playing with different effects.





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








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