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Sorry guys, I was busy for all the week and have not finished any photo-project I was working on, finished enough to be posted here with the results.
The good thing is that we got an interesting hangout:-)  Thank you everyone who joined us.

This is our fifth”Studio Photography Insights” Google plus hangout (previous ones are here).

Studio Photography Insights hangout
Studio Photography Insights hangout #5


What is new? We got weekly assignments!

From now, we’ll be doing weekly assignments: Everyone can work on it and submit results in a comment area of  corresponded blog post (multiple images can be loaded into one comment). Next hangout we’ll be reviewing each shot and will talk about what can be improved.  It will be a good idea to supply some information of what you were trying to achieve, as well as a lighting setup: this way it will be easier to troubleshoot problems and give you a better suggestions on how to improve it… if we’ll feel it can be improved:-)

After review/critique session I or Dave are going to shoot our own assignment live, right from a studio during the hangout. How is this? For me, it sounds awesome! This way we can not only talk, but learn, learn by doing stuff. Honestly, I believe that you can learn craft only by doing it.

So, this week assignment is a bottle of red wine. I’d like to get product-type shot, but let’s try to approach it creatively, OK? However, the decision on how to do it it 100% up to a photographer: we do not wan to put any boundaries.
Go and work on the shot, there is plenty of  time till next Wednesday. Take a chance to improve your skills:-)

Here are some references that were mentioned during this hangout:

  • Dave mentioned, and it looks like what they offer can be interesting for both sides of the world: photographers and art buyers.  First can sell prints and add the exposure to their work, second can get prints from amazing photographers.
  • Non expensive Speedlite light modifiers: Lightboxes from David Honl.  Great stuff for strobists.
  • I’ve mentioned my B& wishlist with that dual arm clamps I was showing. here it is:  Studio Support systems. The one I was talking about is called Matthews – Minigrip Mounting Kit
BTW, if you are looking for some guidance in equipment, these two articles may help: Equipment for liquid (but not limited to) photography and  Studio equipment buying guide for beginners. Also I have several e-books and videos on our e-store:

If you’d like to join hangout you need to be in my special “Studio hangout” circle, which I am filling with fellow photographers and amateurs who interested in studio photography.
I assume you are one of us if you read my blog, so most likely you’ll be qualified and added immediately. To get in, you need to find me on G+ (it is easy) and ask to be added to “Studio hangout” circle. Oh, one more: adding to a circle is like a getting into a relationship, and I expect that you have at least a good info about yourself on your Google plus “about” page:-)


39 Responses on Studio Photography Insights hangout on Google plus #5"

  1. That’s my vision of a wine bottle.
    I just use 2 Speedlites, one softbox, and mirrors
    I don’t a setup image.

    • Fellpe,
      It loog very good, but to make it perfect post-production is required: make softbox reflection on the left to be uniform (or gradient), without gray spots. Fix that small reflection on the engravings and tree dots on the bottom. I know this is what glass has, but nobody wants to see a real thing is we talk about product shot. it should be perfect, not real:-)
      Great job anyway. thank you!

  2. Paul Helfinstein says:

    I’m sorry that this is so late, and even more sorry that it reflects the true novice that I am. But I am truly inspired by the beautiful photographs that have been submitted so far, and I am so grateful to be able to learn from such accomplished photographers.


    • ron gibbs says:

      @Paul Helfinstein, Hello Paul – I like the label put found the wine bottle to be almost lost in the background with lots of weird stuff going on at the base. I looked at your Google+ profile and found many attempts. I used you final image and number (42) and combined them then cleaned them up a bit. Number 42 had better bottle definition but a blown highlight right at the label. So I re-sculpted the edge and top with number 42 and used the label from the final. Here is what I got …

      I used a blur to clean up the mottling just above the label and used the Photoshop clone tool to darkened the top label highlight. I decided not tackle the bottom as I could not find a clean surface in your photos.

      Hope these pointer help. Good first try.

      • Paul Helfinstein says:

        @ron gibbs,


        Thank you so much! It looks much, much better. I realized that the bottle was almost invisible, but I didn’t know what to do about it especially because all I have is one Canon 430 strobe. I have learned a lot just from this first assignment. For one thing I need a better surface than my glass coffee table with white sheets of paper on it :-).

        I can’t thank you enough for taking the time to work on improving my project, and sharing your expertise with me.

        Gratefully yours, -paul

        • Paul Helfinstein says:

          @ron gibbs,

          One more thing. I thought that I might have earned some slight accommodation since my wine is probably older than most of the people who participated in the assignment ;-).


        • ron gibbs says:

          @Paul Helfinstein,

          I had already graduated from graduate school and been employed for 3 years when that bottle was created. Back in those days though I might be looking for Strawberry wine or Sangria! This time round it had to cost less than $10 (That was my second criteria) – my first criteria … I asked the nice lady (who probably wasn’t as old as your bottle) for nice red wine with a photogenic label. That seemed to confuse her a good deal.

  3. Steve Savoie says:

    Here is my submission . One SB-600 speedlight only with different light modifiers. Multiple shot combined in photoshop (11-15 shots used).


  4. Slawo Krolik says:

    Yes, I promiss: This is a bottle of red wine. :-)
    Unfortunatelly, I don’t have a picture of a set up, but I try to describe:
    Black paper as background.
    The bottle was inside a kind of black box which was open in front and in the back.
    The little light came from the back sides which where small narrow whihte paper strips on which I fired my flashes.
    OK, maybe this description was too confusing.

    I’ll make a similiar session next time, so I’ll post some make-of pics on google+.

    BTW: Alex & Dave great idea of such hangout where everybody has chance to contribute. A pitty I can’t participate due to the time difference to Europe. I’m excited to see the video afterwards.

    Take care and have fun.

    • Slawo,
      Thank you for the submission!
      As for the Europe: I do not like such situation either, and I hope we can work something out with Dave. I’ll try to get online on Thursdays 12AM Eastern time, so at least we can discuss stuff from Wednesday hangout with my European friends.

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    Ok… I always wanted to learn studio photography so I’m really happy to see Alex and Dave create assignments. First I want to say I have a new respect for the talent that studio photographers have.

    So I went to the wine store and had no idea which bottle I was going to buy. I just looked for a “cool” bottle to photograph. I really liked the wires wrapping the bottle.

    Ok, the setup. I have a Canon t3i and one 430EX II flash. I used white poster boards for reflectors, a black bed sheet for the back drop and black poster board for the surface for the bottle.

    I put the reflectors to the left and right of the bottle and to the front and back. I also hung a reflector on the tripod to reflect back to the front of the bottle. I tried every angle I could think of to see what created the minimum of reflections on the bottle. I made a quick diffuser from a styrofoam bowl and a paper towel on the front to diffuse the light some more. Still not happy with the flash reflections on the bottle.

    I ended up holding the flash above the bottle with another poster board to shield the flash from the background and create a shadow line from the front of the bottle to the background. This seemed to highlight the wires on the bottle and the bottle label. Remember I only had one flash.

    This photo it as-is other the some slight adjustments to Blacks and Light Fill in Lightroom. Let the critiques begin!!

  6. Ken Hoyle says:

    Finally managed to get something together. A bit rushed so not had much post processing.[img][/img][img][/img]

    • Ken Hoyle says:

      Since I wont be able to attend the hangout I thought I would say what I dont like about my image.
      i. The main problem I see is that I have lost the rim of the glass(es). Whether this can be pulled back in post-processing I dont know.
      ii. I am not enamored of the stripe right down the middle of the bottle, it needs to be more diffused.

      Both these ‘problems’ indicate I need a more dispersed light source than the direct use of the flashgun

  7. Greg says:

    My attempt at doing this, I just did a bottle of white last week before this was started, so I tried doing something different and went with a mock table setup. Not quite sure how I feel about it but I’m still trying to get back into the studio work and getting used to trying everything out.


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