Watching the Creative Live broadcast, How to Be a Commercial Photographer, last night. They used more lights than you can imagine to create an image of an expensive-looking bottle of liquor. Just the inspiration I needed, which presented an opportunity to try something similar with just a single light to get a bottle of liquor to sing. It’s harder than I expected – simply finding a suitable bottle can be a challenge but if I’m going to complete this week’s Project 52 assignment entitled “Being Exceptional” ( Discussion Page / Project 52) and, then I’m going to have to stretch my abilities a little further.
with two white foam-boards, some help from my assistant, a ten second timer and by hand-holding a large softbox, here are the images before processing.
Once uploaded to the computer I was not too impressed; the lighting was not as I envisioned with a not-too-straight horizon and the camera had moved between shots. Nevertheless, let’s see what we can do to recover this as I do not have time to retake plus my assistant has left for the day. There again, I do like the backlit image.
A few hours of Photoshop has helped me to almost reproduce my original vision.
I wonder if this type of lighting would even be achievable without Photoshop.
You can freely download and use the actual RAW files used to create the final image from the bottom of this page.
Here’s part one where the images are created.
The second is where the images are prepared in Photoshop
The third finishes preparing the images and starts to put things together
The fourth video completes the set is here.
Here are the RAW (Lightroom DNG format) images you can freely download
Note: They are from 17MB to 26MB each
The final image may need a little fine-tuning but the concept worked for me.
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What a fun weekend playing with water during the short time the sun showed it’s face.
It all started as an idea, here’s a sketch of my original concept.
So how to achieve this in a photo?
I don’t mind water but to get this right would require many shots and as many changes of clothes.
First things first, let’s get the water right. Aiming the garden hose at a sheet of Perspex just didn’t work; this created way too much spray, and other than soaking the camera (and photographer) it would be almost impossible to isolate the splash from the background.
Eventually, I tried a small bucket of water. This proved far more effective and created interesting shapes as it arced through the air, even the splash was more controlled.
At the computer, it was fairly easy to isolate the water using Photoshop.
Almost there but the background could be better, then I looked up at that clear’ish blue sky, just the job!
Back to Photoshop for a little experimentation… I had a substitute image to practice on, a lovely red apple that I’d shot a day or so before. I bit of Photoshop layer masking / blending and a filter or two later, and here are the final Apple Splash images.
Making Apple Splash has been fun with surprisingly effective results. I hope I will be able to use my new found techniques and do the original concept some justice. Click on any image on this page for a closer view or click here to see even bigger photos on my Flickr site.
**Update: Kept with the red apple theme for the assignment submission but will try to complete the original concept in the near future
For a long time I’ve wanted to find an excuse to use a melting effect in Photoshop. At long last I got the perfect opportunity with the concept “HOT” as a P52 assignment; a perfect challenge for my ingenuity.
After some experimentation in Photoshop and a search of the web for melting effect techniques, I sketched out my idea and composition.
I took a whole bunch of pictures to use in the final composite image, here’s a sort of start to finish snapshot of my workflow. The yellow goo is custard, a great idea from my wife.
I originally wanted a red background but I just couldn’t get it to look right. Instead, I tried the orange/yellow, which provided a better balance with the greeny-blue of the tee-shirt and dark blue jeans.
Here’s the final composite.