20 Kick Ass Projects From Last Year

Dec 4, 2014

Laya Gerlock

Laya Gerlock is a Portrait and Product photographer based in the Philippines. His passion is teaching and sharing his knowledge in Photograpy and has been doing this for 6 years.

20 Kick Ass Projects From Last Year

Dec 4, 2014

Laya Gerlock

Laya Gerlock is a Portrait and Product photographer based in the Philippines. His passion is teaching and sharing his knowledge in Photograpy and has been doing this for 6 years.

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It has been a year since I started writing for DIYP and it has been a wonderful experience sharing works and tutorials to the world, including getting to read comments (and the occasional troll which gives me a laugh from time to time) and for this one year anniversary post, I want to run down and make one blog about my personal and favorite tutorials.

PRODUCT SHOTS:

How To Put A Granite Tile To Good Use

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One of my favorite cheapo items for product shots is a piece of granite tile. Check out the things you can do with a tile – it’s more than you think.

A Clever Way To Photograph Glass

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A tutorial on how to photograph glass, it is not a trivial matter to shoot, but using a few tricks, you can make it work.

El Bokeh Wall

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How to create bokeh backgrounds using only aluminum foil.

High Speed Photography With Minimal Gear

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A step by step tutorial on how to create splash product ads with multiple exposure and minimal gear.

Stunning Product Shots With Iphone And Ipad Lightpainting

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Create stunning product shots using only an iPhone and a an iPad.

How To Shoot A Perfect Watch Using Only An Ipad

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Than a year later tried this technique again with a different approach. On how to shoot a watch using only an iPad.

Self Challenge: Shooting The 4 Elements In A Single Exposure

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We need to challenge ourselves from time to time, I did a four elements still life shots 3 years ago but needed to photoshop it to achieve the look that I wanted, so to challenge myself I wanted to shoot it straight out of the camera. It took about 3 hours to shoot but totally worth it.

BACKGROUNDS:

Create 4 Different Background Styles Using Only 1 White Seamless Paper

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I only have one white seamless paper in my studio as my main background, the reason is you can actually create 4 different looks using only one white seamless.

A Simple Technique To Create The Illusion Of Different Spaces Using Only One Light

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Another simple diy that can make a lot of difference in creating shadows in your background. And for this I only used an illustration board.

PORTRAITS

Can DIY Modifiers Compete Against Pro Grade Modifiers?

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I have a lot of DIY projects, maybe this is one reason I became a writer for DIYP :) So, I did a shoot using only DIY modifiers to test if it can compete against pro grade modifiers.

The 2 Stops Underexposure “Magic Bullet”

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Here I share one of my favorite techniques when shooting outdoors, underexposing the ambient light and using a flash for my mainlight. Check out the step by step tutorial.

Awesome Cold Look With Cto Gel And Tweaking White Balance

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Using the same technique as the 2 stops underexposed background, I added more twist by putting a CTO gel on my flash to get a different cold tone look.

LIGHTING

Analyzing Light – How To Breakdown The Lighting Of A Photo

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I still believe that one of the best ways to learn photography is by looking at pictures and trying to analyze how it was done and doing it yourself. So here is how I do it.

Lighting Techniques: All The Things You Can Do With One Speedlight

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Lighting techniques, building DIY modifiers, and minimal gear tutorials are my favorite things to write about. So here is an article on all the things you can do with one speedlight from portraits to still life.

How To Build A Basic 4 Light Setup

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A 4 light tutorial you can use for Portraits or Product.

DIY’s:

Wood Table For Product Photography

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I’m still fascinated with food photography and product shots with wood table or wood texture in it, so I diy’d my own.

How To Build A Kick Ass 4 Feet Diy Ring Light

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I wasn’t a writer back then for DIYP, but from time to time I contributed some of my DIY projects. Here is a ring light way back then. 

Repurposing A Kfc Fried Chicken Dinner As A DIY Ring Flash

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Now a smaller version of the ring flash, using a KFC bucket.

DIY Florescent Tube Light Beauty Light Thingy

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Another diy light using fluorescent tubes and also creating a different catchlight.

So, go out there, shoot and share!

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Laya Gerlock

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Laya Gerlock is a Portrait and Product photographer based in the Philippines. His passion is teaching and sharing his knowledge in Photograpy and has been doing this for 6 years.

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6 responses to “20 Kick Ass Projects From Last Year”

  1. r3dimagestudio Avatar
    r3dimagestudio

    great tutorials sir. daming kong matututunan dito. mabuhay po kayo

    1. LSG Avatar
      LSG

      salamat :) sharing is caring ;)

  2. rea5245 Avatar
    rea5245

    I learned the most from Analyzing Light.

    The other lesson I got from this years’ posts was that even the pros don’t know how to get great shots – that is, they need to experiment, move things around, take pictures, analyze them for what’s wrong, and try again. I’m an amateur and I was getting to the point where I was thinking that pros were just born with the knowledge to take good shots, and I wasn’t. It’s encouraging to know that even pros rely on “90% perspiration”. Maybe there’s hope for me if I work at the craft harder.

    1. LSG Avatar
      LSG

      Practice makes perfect :) After a while of just practicing and practicing you shoot a lot faster. Normally for paid shoots I just go with the things I experimented before so it will be easier for me. But when I practice, that’s when I do my experiments wherein I spend hours. There are lots of trials and errors from that but that’s when I learn the most :)

  3. Arlan Mendoza Avatar
    Arlan Mendoza

    sir thank you for sharing. galing talagang DiY… dami kung natutunan…

  4. Ricardo Correia Avatar
    Ricardo Correia

    Very good projects!! See more in http://www.pistachophotography.com