7 Inspirational and Educational Photography Videos: March 2014

7 Inspirational and Educational Photography Videos: March Edition


Each month we’ll provide a list of videos that we think would interest product photographers of all levels. Below are the findings for March. Enjoy!

Fake Smoke Photography Tutorial

by Photo Extremist


This tip/trick might find many variations and uses when attempting to get the look of smoke/steam without actually using smoke/steam. Compositing in post production will increase the uses of this to a much greater level. I hope this will help solve some problem shots in your future. A good tool for your kit and virtually no cost for the DIY crowd.

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Behind the scenes at a McDonald’s Photo Shoot

by McDonald’s Canada

Some views of why the food you’re served in a fast food eatery looks different than the images you see pasted on the windows. It’s not trick photography, just good styling and great lighting that helps make your mouth water when you see the image at lunch time.

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Behind the Scenes of the Macallan Masters of Photography III: With Annie Leibovitz & Kevin McKidd

By The Macallan Whisky


World renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz creates a series of product photos for Maccallan Whisky to promote their brand and in the process combines fashion with products to achieve her style of imaging.

Find more about more abut Maccallan whiskey here: Anne Leibovitz’s work can be viewed here:

Behind the Scenes Food Photography with Model

by Kyle Dreier



Here a model is combined with food/product to achieve a unique view of a human puppet surrounded by delicious dessert temptations. I would hate to have my hands tied while next to those goodies.

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Simple DIY Product Photography: How to Photograph a Glass of Beer

by Unique Photo 

This is an over simplified but to the point video on shooting a glass of beer. It will get you started, but I think getting a great shot will require a little more effort with light and modifiers and probably in cleaning the glass.

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Water Photography: Freezing Motion Without a Flash

by Alex’s Photo and Video (not related to Alex Koloskov :)


Ever feel like you do not have pro equipment so can’t get a good shot? Watch what these two young men get with the most basic of equipment and a little perseverance. Have you had similar situations? I’ll bet many of us have experienced some minor disasters too. Note, the equipment and location were not well planned but they had an idea of what the final shot should look like and kept trying till it gave them their desired result.


View Alex’s other videos here:




HowTo: Highspeed Photography – Fruity Milk Splashes

by Stefan Schaefer Photography


Another young photographer shows how to get a splash capture with 2 speed lights. Notice his preparation and gear placement resulted in quick and good quality results without mishaps. A clear contrast with the previous splash video. Did they not show the outtakes or were they really well prepared? If it were me, there would be outtakes, but we learn as much from our mistakes as from our successes.

View Stefan Schafer’s portfolio here:



These videos were collected by Charles Sweigart, a passionate photographer and Photigy reader. We hope to see more collections of cool and interesting things from Charles, and thank you!

About Charles Sweigart:

I am a full time antiques and fine arts dealer and have been for over 35 years. I have loads of my own products to shoot, but after acquiring my first digital camera 14 years ago, I quickly realized how hard it is to capture a fine image result. I am basically self taught, but sought more information on the web to improve my abilities. When searching I discovered Alex Koloskov and and I was attracted to the quality of information available and shared, as well as the overall friendliness of the community.
While still growing with photography, I seek to assist those who are also seeking to achieve greater skills in product/still life imaging. A skill I acquired while researching art and antiques, was the ability to find sources for published information. Alex asked if I would add my talents to the group and I agreed that this was another way to assist others in their endeavors to achieve better images. I hope that the videos I find will help other photographers to grow, learn and achieve their individual goals.<
The videos found here are chosen to help show and inspire those who watch. Some will also be humorous and some will even show how not to get a good image. I hope those that watch derive some benefit from the viewing

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