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.

AngryOrchard_Closeup-1





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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Blackbottle_on_black_BTS-1





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





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





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





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 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.





Small Product Photography – Westfield, Chautauqua County, New York

7 12 2014
Lipstick on black mat

Lipstick on black

 

 

 

 

 

 

This image was produced in the studio with a single speedlight (on camera type flash) shot thru a double layer of tracing paper that was placed behind the subject and then light was bounced around with a couple silver cards to fill in the front of the products as well as some photoshop retouching to clean up the product.








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