Tabletop Photography Walkthrough or How to Create an Eye-Catching Product Shot A Guest Post by Alex Koloskov In this article I am going to show a common routine I use as a product photographer or at least that’s how I see it. Being completely self-taught, I’ve always taken a step-by step approach to any and all of my photography assignments. However, my approach remained the same. Self-assignment: Motorola Droid X2 phone in a multimedia docking station. Few notes about the shot and gear used: I used Elinchrom and Paul C Buff strobe lighting with various modifiers to create this image. So don’t make excuses for yourself if don’t have the professional lighting. The composition for this shot was simple. Let the shooting begin! First part. I started out by placing two large soft boxes on both sides of the subject: Light #1 is a large square at about 45 degrees on the right, light #2 is a strip box at about 20 degrees on the left: I then placed the phone on a black glossy glass (regular mineral glass painted black from the other side). A third light was added to a scene:
Food photography guide Before I start this post I would just like to say, I am not a “professional” photographer. I am writing from experience built up over the past 5 years while helping on simply-delicious-food.com and my love of photography. I do not actually take any of the photo’s here, I just pass on any knowledge I may pick up while on my own photography journey. Note: Some of the tips here might vary depending on your camera equipment. With more than 500 million photos uploaded and shared each day online, you need to make sure the ones you take are the best they can be. In a previous post “10 Tips for bloggers” I spoke briefly about how important lighting is, I also mentioned that buying a R30 000 ($3000) camera will not suddenly make you a better photographer. Understanding Light. “Light makes photography. Lighting plays a very important role in photography and something as simple as the type of lighting used could make or break your photo. To make white balancing even easier, purchase a gray card.
These 7 Simple Photography Tricks Are Brilliant! If You’re Just Starting Out, #6 Is A Must Know! Photographer Leo Rosas shares 7 easy tips that will take your photography to another level. After seeing this, I tried a couple of these tricks and love the results! I’m looking forward to trying all of these in the near future… 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. If you enjoyed these tips try these 7 tricks to taking better photos on a smartphone. How to Use Off-Camera Flash to Create a Dramatic Night Portrait The Background. A Tale of Serendipity, Luck, and Off-Camera Flash Editors Note: An article by Bruce Clarke, my co-instructor of the new Portrait Lighting on Location Course available now. There are a lot of things happening on a wedding day. That was definitely the case on Kathryn and Amanda’s wedding day. On this particular day, we were also keeping a close eye on the weather. More importantly, knowing that everything was going to be happening at the Muttart, I had pre-visualized some bridal portraits at sunset with the city skyline in the background. Obviously we hoped the weather would stay nice so we could capture a great sunset shot and take advantage of the natural light and beautiful grounds outside their venue, but Mother Nature ended up having other plans. We managed to squeeze in a few bridal portraits of the couple, and had just wrapped up family photos when the clouds rolled in and the rain started to come down, forcing us to retreat inside. Queue luck Enter serendipity
40 Creative Photoshop Text Effect Tutorials 2012 Advertisement Adobe Photoshop is the most popular, amazing and creative program for creating, editing and modifying images and videos. It has the most creative user interface, most versatile & diversified editing tools and a wide range of published books: present online and in printed form. Photoshop is not free software, to install this software you have to purchase it from its online website or you have to have a CD for its installation. Photoshop is difficult to use but with the help of tutorials this problem has been solved. A text is a coherent set of symbols that transmits some kind of informative message. There are thousands of texts editing tutorials present online ranging from basic skills to professionals. If you like this article, you might be interested in some of our other articles on Amazing Photoshop Tutorials 2012, Top 90 Best Photoshop Tutorials, Best Photoshop Tutorials of 2011, Photoshop Effects and Photoshop Text Effects Tutorials. 3D Textured Text Effect
Photoshop Quick Tip: Ultra Glossy Text Effect Really shiny beveled text is cool, and eye catching. When I come across effects like this I always stop and try to identify the layer styles that were used to achieve the look. The fact is you can create a very complex look with just a few layer styles. Preview Here’s a look at what we’ll be working to achieve. Step 1 Create a new document 700px width and height at 72 dpi. I also added a new gradient adjustment layer with the following gradient. This makes the fade to black at the top and bottom of the background. Step 2 You can use any font for this effect, but I’m a fan of Lobster, so I chose that font to create this effect. Lets start applying our layer styles. Next is a subtle blue Outer Glow. Now for the beveled edge. Double click the Gloss Contour thumb and create a contour similar to mine. Now lets add a light blue Color Overlay and a Gradient Overlay. And the Gradient Overlay. Press Okay and save the newly applied layer styles. Step 3 The completed effect. Related Posts
Wet Window Text Effect | Text Effects Step 1 Lets start by laying down a nice radial gradient on the "Background" layer. Grab the Gradient tool by pressing the G key, then set the foreground and background swatches to #3bbff8 and #002c59 respectively. Make sure that Foreground to Background is selected in the Gradient style box, and that you’ve chosen the Radial Gradient icon, then click and drag from the center to the edge of the document to apply the gradient. Step 2 Now open the wet texture file you want to use. Step 3 Use the Blend Mode drop down menu at the top of the Layers palette to change the layer’s blend mode to Soft Light. The Soft Light blend mode lightens or darkens the image depending on the color of the top layer: if the top layer’s pixel is dark, then the bottom layer’s pixel is darkened; if the top layer’s pixel is light, then the bottom layer’s pixel is lightened. Step 4 With the background all set, invoke the Text tool by pressing the T key. Step 5 Step 6 Step 7 Step 8 Step 9 Step 10 Step 11 And that’s it folks.
60+ Creative Photoshop Text Effect Tutorials The use of text effect is a very crucial aspect of designing no matter what you are designing a logo or a banner. Beautiful text effects always attract onlookers’ attention and deliver the message in a better way. In this post, we are featuring some very useful and creative Photoshop text effect tutorials that will guide you step by step on how to create visually alluring and appealing text effects using Photoshop. It is the time to see for yourself how easy these tutorials are to follow. Enjoy! Smooth Glass Type Design a Golden Flame Text Effect in Photoshop How to Create an Ice Text Effect with Photoshop Create Smoke Text Ridiculously Realistic Scorching Fire Effect! Colorful Plexi Text Effect Floral 3D Text Effect Create a Spectacular Grass Text Effect in Photoshop Advanced Glow Effects Create Colorful Ornamental Text Swirl Text Logo Create a Spectacular Flaming Meteor Effect on Text Colorful Light Burst Text Design a Skin-Textured Typography Scene Incredible Typographic Illustration Bling Bling text
Shooting Glass of Whiskey with Ice: Online Product Photography Tutorial | Photigy Studio Photography School Online Product Photography Tutorial: Shooting Glass of Whiskey with Ice. Hi guys! My name is Patric Bergkvist and this is an online product photography tutorial for my Whiskey with ice shoot. First off, I don’t have access to a studio or a big garage or anything like that, so all of my shots are made at home. When I do product photography without any liquid splashes I mostly do it in my living-room, however, when I go crazy and photograph splashes I have to move down a floor level into the hallway. Because of this I’m always in a hurry when I decide to make a shoot. The time it takes me, from the moment my kids go to sleep to me having cleaned everything up, is usually around 3-4 hours. I am going to show you how I’ve created this image: Whiskey on Rocks Online Product Photography Tutorial Gear Used for this Photo Shoot: I started by putting together the background stand for the background. Add the reflection in post processingPut a plate of polycarbonate above the black paper Setup Update:
How To Make A DIY Reflective Photography Umbrella Reflective umbrellas are a popular way of creating soft lighting effects, especially for portrait photography. Here's a quick and easy guide to making a cheap DIY reflective umbrella, and still be able to use it out in the rain. What You Need to Make a Reflective UmbrellaUmbrella. Small collapsible ones are preferable, if only for the sake of convenience and storage,though anything will really do. You won't be sacrificing this to the photography gods or anything: all you will be doing is modifying it in a way that will neither affect the waterproof qualities of the umbrella nor the aesthetic qualities, so you can use your usual umbrella for this without any fear of losing its functional purpose. Photographing Highly-Reflective Products: How to Control Reflections - Remove The Background Step 1: Arraging your Setup Place your object on a sturdy surface, such as a table or a block, and position two large studio lights next to it, one on either side. Both lights should be diffused with umbrellas. You will then need to hang a white sheet of rolled paper behind the product so that it sweeps underneath the product and attaches to the bottom of your camera lens to block any fall off reflections coming from the foreground and to reflect more light back onto the subject. No foam board is necessary for this setup, since you’ll be relying on two diffused lights to softly illuminate the product. We recommend using strobe lighting for metallic products because strobes allow for more lighting control, but continuous lighting would suffice. Before you begin shooting, make sure to wipe away any fingerprints or smudges that you created on the product while positioning it in the shooting space.
When NOT to use a Polarizing Filter A Post By: Gavin Hardcastle Yes I just blasphemed against the gods of landscape photography. Not using a polarizing filter for landscape photography could be considered sacrilegious among some circles and indeed, I myself have written ad nauseam of the importance of this simple yet powerful photographer’s tool. Now I’m going to selectively contradict myself. The fact is that in most outdoor photography situations a circular polarizing filter can hugely improve your photographs, but there are times when leaving that shady piece of glass off the lens can actually gives better results. What does a circular polarizer do? As I’ve mentioned in my previous article (Why you MUST Have a Polarizer), a polarizer reduces reflected light before light enters your lens. Most of the time you want to control those reflective surfaces and reduce the glare of reflected light, but what if you like that super wet look and the glare on certain surfaces? When reflected light has colour Night shooting