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Starting in Studio Photography – Post-Production is the third and final installment of this series of workshops that provide the basics of studio photography. While this is primarily geared toward the beginner student, there are a lot of fundamental techniques that will also benefit those who are already working to create product photography images that may not have acquired all of the subtle techniques that can take them to the next level.

Photigy Online Workshop: Starting In Studio Photography: Part 3, Post-Production

Instructor: Instructor: Alex Koloskov & Genia Larionova

Now that you have taken the shots and completed the photographic work all that is left to do is the post-production. You might think that if you get it right in the camera, there should not be much to do in post-production. For many other photographic disciplines, this may be the case, but not for professional product photography.

post-production-studio-photography-course-retouching-1 By its very nature, product photography is created to sell products. This means that the output must be exactly as the client envisions it. This could lead to extensive work in post-production.

In many real-world situations, this would call for the outside help of professional retoucher to complete the task. You, as a professional, should have some fundamental skills for working in post-production. The goal here is to have the ability to prepare a quality image for the client to review in as quickly as possible.

In this course, Genia Larionva works with Alex to provide you with these essential skills as you complete the shots that you created in “Starting in Studio Photography Part 2, Practical Examples”. These include the cosmetic, the vodka bottle, the electronic device, the flower, the

glass and metal setup, and the liquor bottle.

This course is now a part of

The Complete Guide To Product Photography Course

Certificate from photigy photography school

Course Completion Certificate Included:

After successfully finishing this course you will be issued with a professional certificate from Photigy Photography School.

Professional certification shows potential clients that you are committed to your profession and are well-trained.It gives them confidence in your abilities because it proves that your skills have been evaluated and approved by a well-regarded professional organization.

Course Breakdown:

Total Running Time: 1hr 52min

Level: Beginner

  • Part 1: skin care product – 27:14

    You will begin by taking the image into Adobe Camera Raw and making the basic adjustments. Next you will fix the perspective and skewing that can occur when you angle to shoot up on an image. You will see how to effectively clean your object from all of the spots and dust that occur while you are shooting.

    Then you will remove lines and other distractions that can take away from the appearance of your product. You will finish off this segment by seeing how the third-party filter Topaz DeNoise can add additional polish to your image

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  • Part 2: Vodka Bottle – 28:33

    After making adjustments in Camera Raw and fixing perspective skew, you will then work at removing dust and scratches. Since this is a semi-clear bottle, there are different challenges here since you can see through the bottle. One of the keys here is to fix the issues with the bottle without killing texture.

    Next you will see how to use the Clone Stamp tool to remove unwanted artifacts from the bottle. Dust also has to be removed from the table, but since this does not have much texture, it can be handled separately. Finally the cap of the bottle needs to be cleaned up as well as adding more contrast to the image.

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  • Part 3: Electronic Device – 21:59

    Initial adjustments are made in Adobe Camera Raw as well as a quick horizon adjustment and then the image is open in Photoshop. Next you adjust for perspective.

    Now you must clean the surface, again, without losing the texture of the device. By working on multiple layers, you have much more control over what you clean. Finally you will see how to bring out the brightness in the LED light on the device.

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  • Part 4: Macro - Flower – 06:25

    This shot requires very little post-production. Mostly it has to do with Camera Raw adjustments with resizing and sharpening done in Photoshop.

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  • Part 5: Glass and Polished Metal – 12:05

    In this video, work in Camera Raw is done to adjust some of the color challenges to this image. Like the prior image, there is not a lot to do once you are done in Camera Raw other than the cropping and sharpening and saving for the Web.

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  • Part 6: Liqueur Bottle – 17:23

    Again, the Camera Raw adjustments are made to rework the colors on the bottle and the background. Once that is done you will use the Healing Brush tool to clean up some of the inconsistencies and blemishes on the bottle as well as fixing up shadows. To finish you will do some additional cleaning and adjusting.

     

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  • Part 7: Watch Shot – 27:43

    This time the Camera Raw adjustments look more at fixing the contrasts in white areas of the watch. Also some sharpness is applied in the raw stage as well. Once it is opened in Photoshop, you will see how to fix some of the spots around the image as well as performing some additional cleanup to the watch.

    Then they will clear out some of the color imperfections on the watch face by using a hue/saturation adjustment layer. You will also see how to clone the watch stem back down to the side of the watch. Finally you will see how to enhance the silver parts as well as making the gems look shiny.

    As with this entire series, your ability to learn and put into practice these techniques requires that you actually emulate them in your own studio. This means that you have to get out there and practice, practice, practice.

    Learning is like any exercise – you have to develop the skill and memory by doing it over and over, making mistakes

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As with this entire series, your ability to learn and put into practice these techniques requires that you actually emulate them in your own studio. This means that you have to get out there and practice, practice, practice.

Learning is like any exercise – you have to develop the skill and memory by doing it over and over, making mistakes and trying something new.

FAQ:

  • When I have a question or troubles getting a shot, can I ask the instructor for a help?

    – Yes! As a course student, you will be a part of a private group and forum, where you can ask instructor any question and/or post your results for the review. We encourage you to participate in this group!

This course is now a part of

The Complete Guide To Product Photography Course

Post-Production in Adobe Photoshop

Before and After post-production of the images covered in the course

Course Curriculum

Perfume Bottle: Post-Production 00:28:00
Vodka Bottle: Post-Production 00:28:00
Electronic Device: Post-Production 00:22:00
Flower (Textured Subject): Post-Production 00:06:00
Glass and Polished Metal: Post-Production 00:12:00
Liqueur Bottle : Post-Production 00:18:00
The Watch Image : Post-Production 00:28:00
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