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Photigy Showcase #4: Best Photos From Photigy Community Photographers

Best Photos From Our Photigy Community and the Thoughts that Inspired Them 

 

October – November, 2014 issue.

 

Every couple of months we are publishing images from our Forum and Facebook Community to show off a great work of our talents and so it could serve as inspiration to others.

Below are some incredible photos that were shared with us within the last couple of months. We asked each photographer to tell a short story behind the shot. How the image was created. What inspired them to create this shot.

The answers you find will not only surprise you, but we hope they inspire you as well.

 

Thank You to all who participated and provided insights. Our Community continues to grow and prosper, because of these like minded photographers that are willing to share their processes, insights, and their work. 

Anthony Melendez

Website: anthonymelendez.com

Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico

This image was requested by a client after I have’d previously done a few for them applying the knowledge I’d learned from Alex, specially the light cone for jewelry.

I have been photographing for a long time now, but I never studied photography. I did learned for a two to three years as a assistant of a renowned photographer here in Puerto Rico.

Later on I worked for a magazine here in PR called CARAS where I did different kinds of photography (Models, food, architecture, portraits, jewelry, etc.).

Well now I found Alex, and a whole new dimension opened up for me in photography. Law of reflection and refraction, diffusers, strip boxes had made a huge difference in my work.

Still exploring and learning.

This shot in particular, as I said before, was requested by a client. It is a price for the company personal achievement. When I saw the pieces, immediately a saw night, gowns, luxury, so I decided that it would look nice in a black background.

The gradient in the background, needed to be soft enough so that it would not take off the viewers attention from the jewelry set.

Having in mind this is for an ad, I tried to make a composition with enough negative space for the text involved, been the set almost the center of the page and the soft gradient the one to pull the eye towards the set.

I needed the set to look pretty sharp, simple, clean, and as if it was real expensive jewelry. This is a imitation, really non an expensive set, but needed to look the best it can.

With that in mind, I was looking for nice gradients on the silver, nice sharp and contrasty edges on the gems and for that the DIY cone did the best job. Creating nice gradient and placing the lights pretty.

The set had a defective earring and this was the only set available. So, I did the shot with both earrings then I erased the defective one and did a clipping path to the good one, including the shadow, and duplicated it. I did leave the gems of the original so that this will help distinguish the retouching and be less obvious that it is the same one.

The client was very pleased with the results and so am I. Thanks for Alex and Photigy for sharing their knowledge with others because this will promote that others like me keep on sharing what

we learn the way we received it.

Gary Chapman

Website: garydchapman.co.uk

Location: Louth, Lincolnshire, United Kingdom

‘I’m a full time freelance photographer whos main body of work comes from shooting for motorcycle publications. Always looking to learn more and expand my body of work I decided to have a go at some product photography.

I don’t have my own studio space and the lighting equipment I had was pretty basic so I was very happy with the quality of the end product. You can see from the lighting set-up photo how crude the set up was. A black vinyl back drop clipped to my curtain rail, my kitchen table, 3 cheap Chinese ebay studio lights, a yongnuo 460ii and a small led panel.

With the camera on a tripod I placed the bottle on the table and began to set up the lights.

First was the yongnuo speed light which I placed directly behind the bottle shooting through to light up the cider inside.

Second was the rim light for the sides of the bottle. I used two of the studio lights with a small soft box as a modifier. The lights were placed one on each side and slightly behind at an equal distance.

Next was to light the label. I didn’t have a snoot and my gridded beauty dish wasn’t giving direct enough light so I made a snoot by taping a cereal box around the third studio light and placing it directly in front of the bottle.

The bottle was lit how I wanted it by this point except from the very top of the bottle that had no definition. I had broken my second speed light on a shoot a couple of days before so was out of flashes. I mounted an led panel on a boom above the bottle which managed to just give the bottle top a nice rim light.

I shot the bottle dry, mainly for a clean shot of the table and parts of the label that I could mask through if any droplets covered important information once I had sprayed it. Secondly I sprayed the bottle and took some more shots with the bottle covered in droplets. Then using a single apple cut in half I took various shots with the camera on a timer of the apple pieces dropping from above.’

Angela Michelle Borras

Website: angelamichelleperez.com

Location: California, USA

This image was created for my client www.flordelata.com, the client wanted me to showcase the craftsmanship of her products and attention to detail and for this particular shot it was to be used for a promotional banner so she wanted me to make the product feel greater than life.

I chose to go with a solid white background to contrast the silver metallic surface of the pull tabs, The angle and focal length that was chosen was to give the product a more commanding look. This particular shot was taken with a Canon 50D at 24mm at f/8.

The light setup was setup on a table with a white seamless paper as backdrop and for the flooring I used white reflective tile board. I lit the shot with 2 bare speedlites aimed at the backdrop and a 24 inch softbox on a boom stand right above the handbag as my main light source.

We used fishing line to hold the bag at the angle and in the position we wanted.

Jonathan Raho

Website: jonathanraho.com

Location: Bangkok, Thailand

I am still new to the studio photography world and have only been “professionally” shooting for a little over a year now – I am a niche food and product photographer located in Bangkok and mainly work on locations for restaurants or in the studio for products.

I have been following a lot of tutorials and tips from the community i was inspired to photograph this particular image after viewing a photograph of a camera on the Facebook group.

The product was placed on a reflective black acrylic table top for the shoot, i placed reflective cards and black cards on the table to highlight sections or block out light where unwanted.

To create the gradients I placed the light source at an angle with a softbox then a diffuser panel to diffuse the light further, and changing the distance from the subject to great the gradient effect i wanted.

Total of 3 lights were used, two soft boxes, two diffusers and a snoot. I first shot and exposed the front of the camera, then did the same for the back and composited them into one shot in Photoshop.

The shot was then cleaned up in Photoshop, cropped and some work on the highlights and sharpness.

Maxim Sivyi

Website: maximsivyi.com

Location: North Carolina, USA

The complete BTS of creating this shot is published in our Free Courses and Lessons section under “Tips and Tricks of Photographing Watch: Behind The Scene“.

Ian Knaggs

Website: ik-creative-photography.co.uk

Location: Leicester, United Kingdom

I set out to create a simple, clean, high-quality image of a compact camera with a simple lighting setup.
The Panasonic TZ20 was placed onto a black perspex sheet on top of an old tripod. I built the lighting setup adding 1 light at a time starting with a speedlight stripbox on the left through a Translum diffuser. The stripbox was angled toward the camera to create a gradient along the side and top of the camera. A similar setup was used on the right side replacing the Translum with a cheap, large 5in1 diffuser. Finally a speedlight with Rogue 10deg grid was placed high & behind the subject to add highlights to the top surface and controls of the camera.

The image was shot using a Nikon D7000 with Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G ED-IF Micro lens on Manfrotto tripod with ball head. Camera settings were 1/200, f/18 & ISO400. The main speedlights (YN560s) were on full power.

The two views of the camera were shot separately and merged in post production. Other post production work was simply smoothing & cleaning the surface of the camera using a median filter & layer mask and a little boost in contrast as well as cleaning the surface of the perspex. The reflections on the glossy base were as captured in camera. I added the background gradient in Photoshop too as I didn’t have enough light stands to using a gridded speedlight!
I found it difficult to create the gradient on the screen of the subject, so the gradient I had captured was enhanced in Photoshop.

The end result was close to what I had originally envisaged and all achieved using low cost lighting & modifiers!

Rui Bandeira

Website: imagememarca.com

Location: Porto, Portugal

The complete BTS of creating this shot is published in our Free Courses and Lessons section under “Product Photography Behind The Scene: The Making of the Flying Shoe

Maja Galezowska

Website: www.ingarden.it

Location: Naples, Italy

I am a Polish but I live in Italy, i’m a graphic designer and paper engineer.

I created this shot after seeing a series of tutorials by Alex and I wanted to try to make the cutlery too. It was one of the first exercises for me, a very simple thing.

I used a lamp of continuous light (I don’t have any studio strobes nor speedlites yet), a homemade diffuser and a piece of black plexiglass for a base.

I tried to set the cutlery in the most original way possible, so I placed the fork on the spoon to make it appear almost like two hands, one above the other.

In PS I retouched scratches on the cutlery by applying the unsharp mask and blurred the background to eliminate the reflections of the grain from translucent paper, used to make the diffuser, which was reflected in the plexiglass. Before I made a few adjustments in Lr.

You can contact me at: maja@ingarden.it or majaingarden@gmail.com

Kurt A. Moore

Website: creativeproductphotos.com

Blog: kamooreimages.com

Location: NY, USA

Image Technical Specs

Equipment used in the production of Yellow Purse

Camera Equipment

Canon 5D mark lll
Lens – Canon TS-E 90

Tethering equipment

Camranger
IPad 3

Shutter trigger

Yongnuo RF – 603C

Camera Settings

ISO 100
20 sec shutter speed
F32 aperture

Lightpainting equipment

Olight M10 Maverick Flashlight
Lightpaintingbrushes.com universal adapter
Homemade lightpainting brush made out of PVC plumbing parts.

Processing Software used

Photoshop CC 2014

Tools used to create the image

Olight M10 Maverick

The Olight M10 Maverick flashlight is a powerful LED flashlight that is small in size, has 3 power settings that are toggle back and forth between them using the white button on the side of the unit. The on/off switch is on the rear of the unit. It also will take rechargeable batteries.

Universal Adapter

The universal adapter by www.lightpaintingbrushes.com allows you to attach and number of flashlights with different sizes of front bezals and then allows you to attach homemade brushes or the assortment produced by lightpaintingbrushes.com

With the flashlight on medium brightness I painted over the purse with during the cameras 20 sec exposure to produce the 7 images on the following page. I took a total of 18 images and picked the ones that allowed me to build up all parts of the purse.

Avrohom Perl

Website: avrohomperl.com

Location:  Crown Heights, New York

These images were made as into pages for a jewelry catalog we shot. The shots will be used across a 2 page spread with text in the empty space.

The lighting used was simply an Alien Bees B400 shot through a 4x4ft scrim. The light was carefully positioned for each shot so that the light would look best on the stones.

We used a HDMI monitor for live view so that we could see what we were doing. Because of the positioning of the light and camera it was difficult to see exactly what the photo would look like. Using the HDMI port means we did not lose our tether as we would have with a CamRanger.

The images were shot and stacked using Helican remote and stack.


Junior Robles

Website: 500px.com/juniorroblesphoto

Location: Oceanside, California

I entire image is about tension. The glass sitting atop the other glass was not easy to pull, as it kept falling. I wanted an aesthetically almost abstract looking image. The Jameson is just an added splash of color and bonus and it boosts the image composition and look overall.

The lighting set up:

It was a two light set to light the glasses edges. I had a black board behind the glass full of Jameson, to avoid any light spilling in the center of my glass.

Once I got my edges to where I wanted them to be. I than, removed the black board sitting behind the glass, and exposed for the Jameson drink. This gave me the rich color I wanted on the Jameson drink. I than composited both images together to get the final result.


Steven Gourlay

Website: stevengourlay.com

Location: Ullapool, United Kingdom

This product shot was taken for the client to use on marketplaces, ebay and amazon. Thanks to feedback from the Photigy community they helped me realize that my sofboxes were causing me to lose texture.

The leather bag was places on a large DIY perspex table i made after watching Alexs video (which helps me a withe a lot of quick pack shots). The table is so much better than anything on the market, it goes you a lot more freedom with the light sources.

I have now made 3 tables in different sizes to accommodate a lot of quick low budget e-comerce work

If you are passionate about studio photography, open-minded and do not afraid to share your secrets and to contribute to our community, we invite you to join us: just click ion the image below and click “join button”. Your request will be accepted in few minutes!

On the Professional Photography Forum we explain and discuss most complicated shots. BTS and lighting setups, retouching tips and much more posted in this forum thread: Submit your shot for a review and critique.

 

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3 responses on "Photigy Showcase #4: Best Photos From Photigy Community Photographers"

  1. What does is take to be featured? These shots are awesome!

    • Hi Dee!
      All you have to do is take a good picture and post it on our Facebook community page or Photigy.com forum, do not forget to include the lighting set up. Later we review the submissions and select from 10 to 15 images to be featured on Photigy.com

      Happy New Year and Good luck!

  2. Congrats to all my Photigy friends. Awesome work. Very Inspiring. I do have a photo not yet finished of fencing shoes that the flying shoe I am inspired to finish.

    Cheers and Happy Holidays.

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