How To Shoot a Porsche With Minimal Gear

Me and some friends were practicing our photography with cars and wanted to shoot his Porsche. We were only shooting the car inside his garage and didn’t have a studio that can fit a whole car so we did what we could. We tried shooting the Porsche with studio strobes and a couple of speedlights but we also wanted to do something different.

Porsche using studiostrobes

Porsche shoot using studio strobes and softbox

Long time ago, when I started playing around with light painting, I light-painted my guitar using a piece of flashlight. I thought it would be really cool if I used the same technique only using a really big subject (say, a Porsche) and a really big light source. The results are spectacular, and this is definitely something you can try at your own garage. [Read more...]

5 Free (and 1 Almost Free) Photoshop Alternatives

I don’t think there’s a whole lot of debate over the premise that Photoshop has become the gold standard in photo editing software. I’m pretty sure that my earliest use of Photoshop goes back to Version 3 or 4. Now deeply entrenched in CS6, I’ve decided to sit tight for a while. If I actually stopped to think about the relatively small percentage of PS’s full functionality that I actually use on a daily basis, I might also have to stop and ponder why I’m not still using an earlier version. Features have obviously evolved over Photoshop’s lifetime, but much of my workflow remains the same. So, in the absence of some huge development that I just can’t ignore, PSCS6 and I are doing just fine together for the time being. Also, while I see the potential benefits of The Cloud– immediate updates, etc.– there’s still a part of me that remains more than just a little pissed off about the new subscription format. There seems to be a new deal every time I turn around, and nobody seems capable of giving me a straight answer to the question of how much it costs when the discount period comes to an end.

It would seem that I’m not alone.

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Photographing a Mermaid – a Photoshop Breakdown Tutorial by Colin Smith

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Using the image above, which was inspired by Disney’s Little Mermaid, I’ll walk you through how to employ an artform called Computer Generated (CG Photography) to create a powerful, surreal image. For the record, I have no purism in my personal style of art. I’ll use whatever I can to create the look that I’m after. I love to blend photography, illustration and 3D together to create something that doesn’t exist in the real world. It’s also worth mentioning that this image spent about a year as a showpiece on the homepage of Photoshop.com and Adobe used it in their keynote presentation when they announced Photoshop CS6. [Read more...]

How To Put A Granite Tile To Good Use

One of the simplest yet most used items in my photography toolbox is simple black granitle tile. I bought a small one 3 years ago and I am still using it today. I have a small tile that I bought for $4 and a bigger one that I got for $20. Other people use plexiglass or just a simple glass table for this kind of look.

How To Put A Granite Tile To Good Use

Normally I use the granite tile for my product or still life shots. Here are just some things that you can do with the granite
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These 6 Photography eBooks Are The Perfect Last Minute Christmas Gift

So, you really are at that last second and still don’t have anything to put under the tree? These 6 downloadable books will do the trick.

These 6 Photography eBooks Are The Perfect Last Minute Christmas Gift

Just go down to any of the grocery. book, 7/11 stores that sell a thumb key and put a book there wrapped nicely. And you’re good.

I tried covering everything from lighting, set-ups, gear and just general photography. Paid and free, I hope you’ll enjoy the list. [Read more...]