I’ve been making different product photography tutorials for awhile now and I still regularly go back to a previous posts because I am still using the same techniques. I wanted to make a single point of contact for functional tips on improving your product photography.
Retouching of images has become a widely-debated topic in recent years, especially in the context of advertising. But even traditional family photographers run into this issue at times. Some clients want to be made to look like supermodels, others prefer a more accurate representation, and sometimes photographers are left wondering which case a particular shoot may fall into.
Lauren Holsten took her 18-month-old daughter, Lexi, to get her portrait taken by a local studio in the UK. Nothing out of the ordinary about that. However, when Lauren went to pick up the photos from the studio, she was “horrified” to see that they had digitally removed her daughter’s birthmark from her face.
We’re always seeing new and creative ways that parents are using to inform friends and loved ones of a new addition to the family. But, I don’t think anyone does it quite like Dirk Dallas. Dirk, a photographer and drone enthusiast with a flair for the dramatic (in only the best sense of the term), created a very memorable birth announcement for their third daughter using a drone in the backyard.
Any of us who have ever done portrait or wedding photography know what it’s like to work with a fussy client/model/subject who has a tendency to think they are royalty. Granted, those cases are often few and far between, and it’s just par for the photography business course. But, what happens when your subject is fussy AND royalty?
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and husband to Queen Elisabeth II, was at a photo-op at the RAF Club in London to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. Apparently, the photographer wasn’t moving the procession along fast enough which is when the royal gentleman and veteran of the Royal Navy lost his royal temper.
Someone much more clever than myself once said, “When life gives you lemons, squeeze the juice into a watergun and shoot everyone in the eyes.” Or, at least something along those lines. The point is, sometimes life deals you a rough hand, you just have to make the best of it. For Rafael Mantesso, that meant turning his empty, white apartment into a creative stomping ground for himself and his dog, Jimmy Choo.
You see, on Mantesso’s thirtieth birthday, his wife decided to leave him. It wasn’t what you would call an even split. She took everything inside the apartment. Cookware, furniture, decor–all of it went with her, leaving only an empty apartment and a bull terrier for Rafael. Seeing the freshly empty space as a blank canvas, Mantesso began noticing his artistic drive and inspiration to return. He used all he had left–a blank apartment, his dog, and a camera–and let his imagination carry him. [Read more…]
We Americans are always looking for any excuse to blow things up, whether figuratively or literally. Once a year, though, we have a legitimate excuse to get explosive, and every Fourth of July the skies light up with “the rockets’ red glare.”
Mitch Axness, a system support specialist at North Dakota State University, describes photography as a “serious hobby.” While photographing the fireworks display at Devils Lake, ND, Mitch captured a once-in-a-lifetime image as a bolt of lightning reached out to meet an exploding rocket.
Shooting splashes is always great fun, even if it’s a simple image with a coffee cup and a falling piece of refined sugar. Plus, there is always so much room for experimentation—in other words, for even more fun!
When I made the “Empty Cup” image, many people asked me how I shot it. And I thought it would be better to show you in a step-by-step breakdown rather then answer individual questions. So, this is how:
Yes yes I know, There is another post about expanding a dress” (thanks for remembering), this is however, a totally different…kinda…mostly…it is, you guys. You see that post was about taking what is already a dress and showing how to make it larger and more glorious. The knowledge I’m going to attack you with today is about creating a dress from scratch out of something that was not a dress…at all.
If you’re a photography business owner, you know the feeling:
Your phone rings, you drop everything and rush to grab your phone to take the call…”Hello, can I speak to the person in charge of finances…your website…purchasing…advertising?”
At that moment, I would like nothing more than to reach through my phone and strangle the a$$hat on the other end.
So, I thought I’d explain why I don’t answer my phone anymore, and why I cancelled voice mail.
The Matrix wowed us with its special effects and sent filmmakers scurrying to replicate the iconic “bullet time” effect in their own scenes. And, as time has gone on, we have seen more and more “off-Hollywood” creators piecing together their own bullet time sequences, particularly for extreme sports. Shots like this require multiple (read: many) cameras and, even when using a GoPro array, are cost-inhibitive to most.
Now, thanks to a research team at Columbia University, this technology may be coming to the masses, using (you guessed it) an iPhone.