3 Lighting Setups (And 2 Tips) For Tasty Beverage Lighting

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I was inspired by Allen Mowery’s post on creating fake Ice cubes for beverage photography, but after a month I still can’t find clear craft beads here in my country. While I am trying to find those clear craft beads I wanted to share a tutorial with some tricks and lighting techniques you can use for non-fake-ice beverage shots. So here are 3 different lighting techniques for shooting tasty beverages.

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Everything Photographers Need To Know About Color Space & How It Can Impact Your Prints

 

color-spectrumRoy G Biv–quick show of hands if you’re familiar with the term. Even if it doesn’t ring a bell at first glance, once you realize you’re looking at a mnemonic and not some random guy’s name, it starts getting a little more obvious: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, and Violet. Yes, those are the colors of the rainbow, but more importantly they’re also the referred to as the visible electromagnetic spectrum.  [Read more…]

Creating A Midday Sun In The Studio – A Lighting Tutorial

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As we know, shooting in harsh sunlight at midday is a portrait photographers nightmare! But, it can produce a very striking and edgy look thats fantastic. However this particular author lives and works in Northern Ireland – now, most will agree, this is a beautifully scenic part of the world unfortunately though we are not blessed with a lot of sunlight. In fact this year its hard to remember a day when its wasn’t raining!

Hence my project to create a wonderfully hard Mediterranean sunlight effect in the studio! In fact this is a fairly easy task and using the correct modifier can produce excellent results. For my first test I wanted to create a textured wall effect rather than use a seamless paper roll. I purchased a 4′ X 8′ sheet of plasterboard (Drywall) and produced a textured effect by liberally applying Spackling Paste to the board.

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Turning Day Into Night – A Comprehensive Photoshop Guide

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Last week my good friend and awesome photographer Yvette Leur asked if I could edit one of her images she shot.  It was a lovely shot of a woman holding a lantern. The intention was that it was a nightly scene, with a lit lantern, the problem was that it was shot during a sunny day, in the shade, with no light in the lantern…hmmm

I accepted the challenge, and was given free reign of the edit.

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7 Single Flash Portraits Techniques That You Can Apply Right Now

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Almost all the photographers I know have at least one speedlight. They use for their cameras hotshoe, if for nothing else. But what if you want to dub in off camera flashing but don’t have any modifiers yet? In this article I will show you 7 different single flash techniques for portraits that you can apply right now – without buying any modifiers.

The only thing you need to have is a wireless radio trigger and you’re good to go*.

 

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Understanding Lens Distortion At Different Focal Lengths And How To Work With It

Wide angle lenses let you pack a lot of action into the frame, but they also present a problem: distortion. Fortunately, if you know what to expect and some of the different ways you can work with it, distortion isn’t a deal breaker. In the quick video clip below, John Greengo shares some examples of the way distortion affects photographs at different focal lengths. He also shares some advice on how to you can work with distortion and use it to your advantage.

Check it out:

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Easily Simulate The Look Of Two Camera Angles When You Only Have Footage From One Angle

dslr-two-angleFor those of you who shoot a lot video (or, even just a little), having two camera angles can make your clip more interesting and more professional looking. Unfortunately, two cameras isn’t always what you have to work with. That’s why the team from over at DSLR Video Shooter made this tutorial that shows you a work around to make two angles out of one in post production. Plus, he shows you how to do it in both Final Cut Pro X and Adobe Premier Pro.
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Get Hauntingly-Beautiful Images with This Homemade Camera Lens

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It’s been my experience that I enjoy working with things more when I create them myself.  And, for the sake of argument, we’ll say you feel the same way, too.  Which is why I can only imaging that you would enjoy photography that much more if you crafted your own gear.

Instructables user bertwert has been looking for an excuse to break out the duct tape and incorporate it into photography in a manner that didn’t result in the Mounties being called.  Using a toilet paper roll, some old glass, and a little measuring, he was able to construct a usable homemade camera lens that yielded some hauntingly beautiful results.

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How To Get the ‘Terry Richardson Look’ and Shoot Like a Fashion Pro with Minimal Gear

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Terry Richardson is the most recognized and probably the most controversial photographer in the art world.  From stripping down naked while shooting risqué fashion work to publishing books filled with pictures of him receiving fellatio and having sex to collections of images of his feces, he’s a bit of a hotly-debated topic.  And that’s not even mentioning the numerous first-hand accounts of Richardson allegedly sexually preying on models with whom he’s worked.  But, if there’s one thing he’s got going for him, it’s his easily-recognized photographic style.  With images that have graced the pages of almost every major fashion publication, from covers to editorials to ads, he knows how to get around.

His signature style is very simple and almost jarring, often shot as high key with the model posed against a white wall, using a bare flash for harsh, direct lighting.  For those looking to replicate the “Terry Richardson Style” into your own work, the kind folks over at StyleMyPic show us how to do it with the most basic of gear.

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Learn The Three Basic Principles Of Light In Less Than 5 Minutes

adlreIt’s hard to make it any more simple than the way Lindsay Adler breaks down the basic principles of light in this quick YouTube clip she made in collaboration with CreativeLive. Join the professional photographer as she discusses three of the most fundamental aspects of lighting: direction, quality, and intensity.

Obviously, you can’t learn everything there is to know about light in a sub 5-minute clip, but Adler does a great job of explaining the important stuff, which should give you some new tools to use when you’re out there practicing your craft. At the very least, it will get your wheels turning and provide some inspiration for experimentation. [Read more…]