Shooting reflective surfaces can be a tricky task, especially if you’re a beginner. And naturally, we all make mistakes. In this video, Alex Koloskov talks about the three biggest mistakes photographers make when shooting beverages, but he also teaches you how to fix them so you can improve your photos.
When doing product shots in the studio, reflective surfaces could be very tricky to handle. But of course, there are methods to deal with them and light them to show all their beauty. In this video, Dustin Dolby of Workphlo shares a comprehensive tutorial on lighting and photographing tricky, reflective products. And what’s more, you don’t need fancy gear. Prepare simple lighting modifiers, your DIY spirit, and Photoshop.
When the Ultimate Lens Hood was first announced a couple of years ago, it came via Kickstarter and saw pretty massive success, overachieving its funding goal by more than 2,000%. If you haven’t seen it before, it’s basically a big rubber lens hood that allows you to shoot through glass while eliminating reflections bouncing off your side.
Now, after the success of the original, they’re launching the Ultimate Lens Hood 2.0, with two new products, the ULHmobile for smartphones and the ULHgo for DSLR and mirrorless cameras. With as well as the original crowdfunding route went, they’ve once again taken to Kickstarter and it’s already over 600% funded.
Usually, when we hear about reflection issues with photography, especially with flash, it’s on glasses. The type people wear on their faces. We’ve posted about that on here before. This time, we’re dealing with regular flat glass. Like that found in windows and doors. The same principles apply, although you do have a few more options.
In this video, photographer Rob Hall takes a look at the subject of reflections on glass surfaces when working with flash. He offers up a number of tips and solutions to help reduce or eliminate the problem entirely. Which will work best for you will depend on your situation. But armed with these techinques, you’ll have a much better chance of getting the shot you want.
Forever is the short film creation of German filmmaker Nicolas Arnold. He was commissioned in July 2018 to create a “Motion Response” for Australia’s upcoming Pause Fest 2019 tackling them theme “The Future is Intimate”. Four months later he’d completed the absolute eye candy you see above.
Already a very impressive film, I was blown away when I saw just how much of this was created in-camera and that it isn’t just some CG special effects reel. Nicolas posted a behind the scenes video showing some of his design and practical effects processes and it’s just as amazing as the film itself.
One would think that a lens hood is a simple and straightforward sort of thing. We’ve all got them for our various lenses to help prevent the sun from flaring into the front element. But flare isn’t the only thing that lens hoods can be good for, as The Ultimate Lens Hood is out to prove.
The Ultimate Lens Hood (we’ll call it ULH from now on) is basically a black stretchy silicone cone that goes over the end of your lens. It serves the purpose of a regular lens hood (to a degree), but also allows you to eliminate unwanted reflections, and protect your gear from the elements.
There are times in a photographer’s life when reflections in glasses is just a fact of life. Most of the time we can eliminate them in-camera, especially with a posed session. Occasionally, that’s not possible. Perhaps when in very confined space with a huge softbox.
There are techniques to help get rid of it in post, though. Although it does require some pre-thought during shooting and taking an extra shot. This video from photographer Bill Larkin, shows his quick method for removing glare and reflections from glasses in Photoshop.