January 15, 2013 at 10:34 pm #39310
Tabletop Studio Photography for Beginners: Textured Subject
Major Steps I Went Through When Shooting the Shoes:
One Light Source (Background Does Not Count:-)
Two Light Sources (Background Does Not Count:-)
Three Light Sources (Background Does Not Count:-)
Background paper was not flat enough (or was not far enough) so I got a nasty background.
Fix: Move background even further away or use a flat peice (black cardboard) instead
- Shoot shoes, with glossy (leather) and fabric (textured) surfaces, on dark background.
- Do the same on a white background (challenge:-))
- Do a creative shot of the pair of shoes (for your portfolio)
Take images of your lighting setups…
The Lighting magician
January 20, 2013 at 10:51 pm #39351Cris AnzaiMember
Here are my submissions for the assignment:
Canon 50D, 100mm 2.8 USM, F16 for on black / F14 for on white
Below are my shots for the assignment. I had a HUGE problem with my background so I only submitted one shot. This background was shot from about 15ft away (so I think it is the paper, I need to find another solution to create gradients with)
Lighting Setup. I used 4 PCB Alienbees 800 strobes and 1 YN 560 II speedlight with a DIY diffuser made out of cardboard, duct tape, and the savage translum diffusion plastic.
On Black no gradient (same lighting set up except the strobe lighting the background was turned off.
Set up for on white:
Background is closer (because the white background was not big enough).
Creative Shot – was going for a more techie vibe:
Lighting Set up for Creative Shot:
January 28, 2013 at 8:26 am #39456
here are my shots. This one was quite hard in terms of equipment and space. With only 3 lights at hand I substituted the top light with a styrofoam reflector. I only shot against a black background and tried to fake the gradient in post. That I should practise some more
First with one light on the left side.
Second light from the right side
and with front light and reflector on top.
A different pair of shoes with some more shiny surfaces
And a third pair which gave the most headaches as I always had a too strong reflection on the shiny leather parts no matter where I put the light. The version below involved an additional diffuser between the light and the subject.
The creative shot shall be the first pair with fake gradient background
Unfortunately the setup shots were lost as the old point and shoot I used seemed to fire but didn’t write on the card.
January 29, 2013 at 10:35 pm #39501
I’m really looking forward to this critique. When I finished shooting I felt like I had really good shots, but when I reviewed them later and compared them to professional ad shots, I didn’t feel as good about them.
I like this one better than the next one.
I’m not sure if I over-processed this. The canvas on the sneaker is gray, not silver, so maybe this is just how it should look.
LIGHT SETUP FOR BOTH
I used a strip box on the top and left side and a 20 degree spot on the right.
I’m hoping this looks like an outdoor shot. I wanted to actually shoot outside but it snowed last night
January 30, 2013 at 11:27 am #39518
Thank you Joel and Olga! I had some camouflage fabric from the craft store, but I didn’t think it looked realistic enough (it has more beige and brown than I wanted) and I had just bought a bunch of gels, one of which was a grass green color, so I put that on the b/g light. The green was a little too intense, so I moved the gel away from the light a few inches and raised it up a little so that just a little of the brown from the camo fabric could come through. Good luck!
January 31, 2013 at 4:41 pm #39545David CollinsParticipant
Hi Alex and other members
this was a great assignment had a lot of fun with this one and I am pretty pleased with the results
I hope this is what you wanted to see from us Alex
Thanks for the lesson Alex looking forward to the next one
February 6, 2013 at 2:21 pm #39640Peter van VeenParticipant- Pro Corner Subscriber (advanced)
Thanks for the interesting lecture, Alex! It looks not very difficult, but as always: it was harder to do it by myself.
Here are my results: 2 different pairs of shoes, both on a black and white background. I am still thinking about the creative shot, but wanted to post this ones before I missed the deadline.
All my shots are made with speedlights in combination with some DIY striplights. Not as sexy as your studio striplight, but it works like a charm!
Shoes on a black background:
Here are the shots on a white background:
Here are the setup shots:
February 7, 2013 at 6:20 am #39643
I had a little time, access to an empty hallway after hours and some shoes and props to play with.
The gradient on the background wasa still giving me headaches. So I went for black in one image and tried smooth it in post in other one. With a limited number of lights I moved them around as needed and merged the images in post picking the properly lit parts.
This is a single shot with smoothed background
4 shots combined in post and ironed backgound
4 layers black background as it looked much sexier than the gradient
I almost forgot the setup shot… with the last light standing while packing it looked like this. While shooting the second light was on the other side of the table. The third light was either on the background, above or in front of the subject.
February 13, 2013 at 3:04 am #39708Debasish HalderParticipant- Pro Corner Subscriber (advanced)
Sorry I have been travelling on work and got delayed in taking shots. Here are the edited photos. The lighting for the soccer shoe was similar(i.e. for white and black backgroud) only difference was that the setup for background light for the black background had a speedlight with a snoot to create a small spot on the black foam. I was out of light so white background on the original was really not white as you see(unedited photos given)
Here are the photos without editing
Sorry for the delay. I have been travelling for and could not get time to get my work done in time. In any case here are my shots
Here are the lighting setup photos . For the white background I should have put some light from below the shooting table setup but as I didnt have lights so could not really make the background white. Soccer shoe had nearly similar setup -background light
Here are the files after doing some editing
February 19, 2013 at 5:26 pm #39786
Woo-hoo, got the review:
So, this Friday we’ll run Q&A hangout?
The Lighting magician
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