Using Everyday Objects For Making Outstanding Backdrops

I am a big fan of using simple objects or DIYing solutions in my photograph. One thing I always like doing is using a Gobo (photography lingo fo go-between) to make any plain background stand out. Nowadays, I am using a device called the Light Blaster which can act as a dedicated gobo projector, but before I got it, I DIYed my own patterns for the background.

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So here are examples of everyday objects I use to create some cool patterns on the background.

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The Trick On Getting Gradient Reflection On Reflective Surfaces (Cellphones, Laptops Etc.)

Getting gradual reflection on a shiny surface is not trivial. It is not hard, but you have to know how it is done (which you will once you’ve read this post :). This is one of my favorite techniques when shooting products with a granite tile, and it gets that gradient reflection on a reflective surface every time.

I got a couple of messages on Flickr a while back asking me how to get a gradient effect on an iphone shot I did before. So here is a step by step lighting tutorial on how to achieve this kind of lighting and where you can use it.

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Repurposing A KFC Fried Chicken Dinner As A DIY Ring Flash

I have a two DIY ring-flashes. My first one was made out of illustration board, and the second one was made of out of a bucket of fried chicken from our local restaurant. Here is my step by step tutorial on how to make your own DIY ring flash using the leftovers of a KFC dinner. (of course you can but a DIY ring flash kit or a totally pro solution as well, but then the KFC leftovers will be thrown away rather than recycled).

It takes about two hours to make one.

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Using Cheap Wallpaper As Backgrounds For Professional Looking Product Shots

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The backgrounds we use for our shots make a big difference in the final photo. I have covered quite a few options before, all are pretty accessible and today I want to share another quick and budget minded technique – using wall paper or colored paper for your background. (See these if you need some backdrop inspiration: illustration board, white background & gel & DIY wooden table).

I first saw this being done on flickr and wanted to give it a try. Here are a few ideas on using different paper backgrounds plus few tricks on lighting. [Read more...]

3 (+1) DIY Backdrops That You Find Right At Home

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When I started photography I was very interested in learning everything I can about studio photography. Obviously, I didn’t have a studio back then, so I needed to work with what I had to create photographs that looked just as good as their studio-taken counterparts.

Here are three different backdrops I used to create a high-end feeling to my photos. You can find them all in your house. Plus an additional cool background you can use which is made out of tarpaulin. [Read more...]

DIY Project: Wood Table For Product Photography

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Last month I’ve been really fascinated with food photography and product shots with wood table or wood texture in the background. Ever since I’ve been planning to try and make my own. Eventually I stopped  procrastinating and just started doing it. This is my first prototype and it works pretty well, tough I am not promising to improve on future version.

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Hone Your Photography Skills By Photographing Your Bathroom

For some weird reason I always think about the articles I’m going to write when I’m taking a shower. So last week I thought about making the bathroom the subject for my article.

I am gong to share an interesting excessive you can execute with no help probably today to hone your photography and lighting skills. Ready? Here is the challenge. Pick  3-4 items from inside a single room (it can be the living room, kitchen, bathroom, garage and so on) and use those items as your subjects. I wanted to do this so that I could just practice my photography (Practice makes perfect, remember?) and also challenge myself to get up and shoot. (It also serves as some sort of proof that I use a shower).

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These are the things I chose to shoot. Toothpaste, shampoo, facial wash, and a shaver.

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3 Ways To Shoot A Ferrari On A Budget

One of the perks that I have as a photographer is the opportunity to shoot super cars every now and then. Sadly, I don’t have a big ass studio that I can fit a car into, and I need to improvise by lighting cars on whatever location I can get. Those can be inside a garage or in the street, or somewhere else.

3 Ways To Shoot A Ferrari On A Budget

Here are 3 different lighting techniques that you can use with cars or when shooting large product or still life shots. [Read more...]