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Weekly assignment results and our Studio Photography Insights G+ hangout

Yesterday, during our  Studio Photography Insights Google plus hangout (every Wednesday, 10PM EST)  we got our critique’n review session. It was fun, but it appeared that for me it is not as easy to critique as I thought before: to be constructive, to make  critique truly useful, I have to put lot thoughts before I open my mouth:-)

Anyway, we got a pretty interesting session, the video recording is below in this post.

Now, let me show you my and Dave’s accomplishments, as well as the best submitted work (by my own judgement). Full list of submissions can be viewed on a previous hangout post.

My version of bottle of red wine:

Red wine and grape still life image tutorial by Alex Koloskov
Red wine and grape still life image by Alex Koloskov

 

Now, Dave Nitsche shot:

Red Wine by Dave Nitsche

Red wine by Dave Nitsche
Red wine by Dave Nitsche

The lighting setup is on comments under my previous post.

Time for The Show:-)

Studio Photography Insights #6

If a year ago somebody told me that I’ll be hosting a weekly online show, I would laugh… But you know what? now I enjoy it! :-)


I have selected few images I like the most from what guys have submitted for this assignment. Do not get me wrong, there are many outstanding images were submitted, especially if we consider what equipment was used for these shots (hint: read description and look at the lighting setup).
This is just my own selection of what I consider to be “the best accomplishments(random order):

Ron Gibbs

Wine by Ron Gibbs
Wine by Ron Gibbs

Steve Savoie

Wine Bottle by Steve Savoie
Wine Bottle by Steve Savoie

 

Jerry Nielsen

Red Wine Bottle by Jerry Nielsen
Red Wine Bottle by Jerry Nielsen

 

Peter Dudek

Mulled wine by Pete Dudek
Mulled wine by Pete Dudek

Again, if you want to see the lighting setup with BTS info, go to a submission page here. There are many cool info about these and other great shots… Take a look a Noah J. Katz shot, for example. He used flashlight and iPhone as a light sources to get pretty decent result…

Thank you everyone who took a challenge and participated in assignment. I hope we will inspire many other  like-minded shooters to start improvising, to learn something valuable by doing our weekly assignments.
Common guys, this could be like your weekend photo-school: stuff like we do is interesting and highly efficient way to learn studio photography. Plus, it is free:-)


 This week assignment from Dave Nitsche:

Again, a shot of a bottle. But this time it is not limited to any type of bottle and its contents, because it should be a sexy shot. It should be telling story shot, and the story is about  sexual feeling. Not a product catalog-like stuff, ok? Lets think how we can translate human sexuality into a product shot.  Got it?
For me, it pretty damn interesting assignment, because such stuff is exactly what is needed for a great AD photo. 

This is my own short interpretation of what Dave said, you can hear assignment  by yourself  as 1;17 of the hangout video. Or, may be Dave can step in and add something to what I wrote here:-)

As usual, submit your results here in a comments area. You need to host images somewhere, form will take only valid URL to an image with “.jpg” at the end. Links to a Google plus images won’t work! I suggest you to ue http://imgur.com to get that free image hosting with valid URL.

All the best for everyone, see you guys next week!

 

44 responses on "Weekly assignment results and our Studio Photography Insights G+ hangout"

  1. I am thinking of majoring in digital photography and once I have my degree becoming a studio photographer. Is that a pretty high demand job? I mean I am looking at doing photography for movie sets or models or something a long that nature. Any info on this?
    Denver Baby Photography

  2. Sorry about that first one. Here it is in a more reasonable size.[img]http://i.imgur.com/iaSZv.jpg[/img]

  3. Well, I really had a hard time coming up with something sexy. I was thinking something to do with lips but that didn’t work out. My wife suggested using her sparkly shoes in a shot and for lack of a better idea I used them. I ended up only using one softbox hand held above the subject as my cheap boom and stand snapped (any suggestion on something better would be great). I wasn’t happy with the background so spent some time in Photoshop to clean it up and put a new background. This one really challenged my creative side and I feel I came up a bit short.

    [img]http://www.maugiart.com/Galleries/Product-Shots/i-FCdQbc2/0/L/La-Belle-Orange-with-Shoes-L.jpg[/img]

  4. Alex and Dave. The Kiss…is my humble attempt at Dave’s “Sexy Bottle”, a rather hurried attempt on my part.
    A three speedlite set up, an sb28 with diy grid snoot for background. An sb28 with grid snoot camera right bounced off of the black/mirror base in front of the subject. A 430ex high above the camera again bounced into the subject to light the upper part of the bottle. Sorry there is no set up shot as I ran out of time!

    [img]http://www.flickr.com/photos/16451774@N05/6938926259/in/photostream[/img]

  5. Repost.
    I grew up in the era of Hollywood films when the only sign of sex was the ‘post-coital cigarette’.
    This was the image I had in my mind when I set out to meet this weeks challenge. I had the ingredients – bottle, pillow,pink glow, moisture(perspiration), smoke – but couldn’t assemble them into an image I liked, either my technique or my Photoshop skills let me down.
    In the end I went very simple, two lights, one from the left with a gel to give the pink glow and another just off camera to illuminate the bottle.
    Here is the result.

    [img]http://i.imgur.com/fFgS2.jpg[/img]

    [img]http://imgur.com/nbrR7.jpg[/img]

  6. I grew up in the era of Hollywood films when the only sign of sex was the ‘post-coital cigarette’.
    This was the image I had in my mind when I set out to meet this weeks challenge. I had the ingredients – bottle, pillow,pink glow, moisture(perspiration), smoke – but couldn’t assemble them into an image I liked, either my technique or my Photoshop skills let me down.
    In the end I went very simple, two lights, one from the left with a gel to give the pink glow and another just off camera to illuminate the bottle.
    Here is the result.

    *Afterglow* https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/106973872898404144080/albums/5714446364435010993/5714446370364765234

    Set-up
    https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/106973872898404144080/albums/5714446364435010993/5714446435834498018

  7. My attempt:https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-ZdTaR_04wus/T02mLaZBA1I/AAAAAAAAASg/nGkNPGRdpjg/s604/L1020471.jpg
    Originally I wanted to have both hands, one on either side of the bottle meeting in front holding chocolate covered cherries, but those are apparently impossible to find this time of year. I was also having issues trying to come up with a way to do that anyway with the size of the tables I have to use, and just general placement of everything to get it to come out in one shot, and got to thinking the only way to do it was with multiple photos and combining them, but I don’t know enough about doing that yet.

  8. The lighting set-up was with 2 speedlites with softboxes, one on each side of the bottle. Basically the same as Alex´s, “Shooting glassware on black background” Feb. 2011. But shot on a clear glass table.
    I ended up taking 3 photos on each side, top, middle and bottom. This gave me highlight around the bottle. I then took several shots, again with a speedlite with a small softbox attached. Painting with light, but instead of a torch, using the speedlite on its lowest manual setting.
    Then putting it all together in Photoshop.
    I wanted to show the shape of the bottle, a bit like a lady´s bottom! As well as showing the softness of the light coming through the cognac.
    I must admit, that I am not 100% happy with the end result! But, this could be as I have been working the shot for a long time. Need a bit of distance.

  9. Hi Guys,

    Here is my submission for the Weekly Assignment . As usual I forgot too shoot my set up but it was very simple. Bottle on a narrow plastic stand ( a leg from my shooting table) 2 continues lights at 45 angle lighting the front, and a we bit of droplets to spicy it up. I tried something different this time a mystical sexy hot looking shoot, hope you like it guys, but you can RANT on it as much as you can :PPPP. Can’t wait to hear what you think.

    http://www.freeimagehosting.net/pgp4q

    I can see some dam good images for tomorrow’s critique, good luck guys!

  10. Hi Guys,

    Here is my entry to WA. As usual I forgot too shoot my set up but it was very simple. Bottle on a narrow plastic stand ( a leg from my shooting table) 2 continues lights at 45 angle lighting the front, and a we bit of droplets to spicy it up. I tried something different this time a mystical sexy hot looking shoot, hope you like it guys, but you can RANT on it as much as you can :PPPP. Can’t wait to hear what you think.

    http://www.freeimagehosting.net/i7evb

    I can see some dam good images for tomorrow’s critique, good luck guys!

  11. @Chris Kryzanek, looks like that hosting service you are using is not allowing to embed images on other websites..

    • @Alex Koloskov, Just changed a setting that should make it work (odd since it worked last week).

    • I went with a plastic bottle here, and no I am not the finger model. Overall this came pretty close to what I had in mind. I had to combine a couple of shots to get the honey drip I wanted. I was happy with the light on the bottle, the honey and the finger, however I’m not sure if I love how the fabric behind came out. Shiny fabric is a bit of a challenge, so any tips on that would be appreciated.

      Two speedlights were used to make this. The grid is from Opteka (very cheap on Amazon ~$13) and works great.

      [img]http://www.monkeyinabox.net/photomonkey/images/IMG_6836e-kryzanek.jpg[/img]

      [img]http://www.monkeyinabox.net/photomonkey/images/IMG_6844e-kryzanek.jpg[/img]

      • My original post had this in the caption:

        I went with a plastic bottle here, and no I am not the finger model. Overall this came pretty close to what I had in mind. I had to combine a couple of shots to get the honey drip I wanted. I was happy with the light on the bottle, the honey and the finger, however I’m not sure if I love how the fabric behind came out. Shiny fabric is a bit of a challenge, so any tips on that would be appreciated.

        Two speedlights were used to make this. The grid is from Opteka (very cheap on Amazon ~$13) and works great.

  12. Here’s my submission for this week’s project.

    I had three light sources:
    1 strip box behind the bottles, a speed-light to light the neck label, and another strip box to light the bottle label.

    I shot with a D700; 105mm @f/11; focus bracketed over 6 frames.
    Post processing in PS/CS5.

    I need to b out of town, but I’d like to post images of my setup later.[img]https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-COGLuJ2Lptg/T0w7jUhZP8I/AAAAAAAAAME/5F1g70dFj_k/s711/sexybottle-1.jpg[/img]

    • I just got to a hotel four hours away from my studio. I had to leave in a hurry for a business trip, but if I have the chance, I’d perfect this shot a little more. That said, here are a couple more notes about the shot.

      The concept, when I first conceived it, was to make the roundness of the two bottles look like a woman’s chest. But, due to the shape of the bottles that I acquired, and the time that I had to do the shot (I completed this shot in under 2 hours, including PS post processing), it ended up looking more like the woman’s rump. Still gets the point across, I thought.
      The bottles were actually laid on their side, and the strip box behind the bottles was level with the bottles and place approximately 3ft behind them. The speedlight had a snoot on it to direct the light specifically to the neck label. The third light, another strip box was placed approximately 3ft from the foot the bottles to provide some more light for the bottle label.
      I had some black foam core boards to get rid of some reflections and block some light-bleed.
      The “sweat” on the bottle was created with a steamer.

      Alex, if you have any thoughts on this, I’d love to get your opinion. I won’t say what I’m not satisfied with quite yet.

    • @Alex Koloskov, Here’s an updated post. I apologize for the clutter. If you would delete my Feb 27th post, that’d be great.

      Here’s my submission for this week’s project.

      I had three light sources:
      1 strip box behind the bottles, a speed-light to light the neck label, and another strip box to light the bottle label.

      I shot with a D700; 105mm @f/11; focus bracketed over 6 frames.
      Post processing in PS/CS5.

      I need to be out of town, but I’d like to post images of my setup later.

      [img]https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-PWgRo9TULc4/T06jeRWGtxI/AAAAAAAAANg/-oPAez61OzY/s797/sexybottle-1.jpg[/img]

  13. Hi Alex,

    This is an interesting challenge. I am not a product photographer but you guys have inspired me. I have been watching your studio photography insights every week and have learnt a lot, Thanks.
    For the sexy shoot idea I decided to use a bottle of Stella that I feel has sex appeal with the delicate wrapping. It’s dressed up like a lady in lingerie!
    My image is made up of somewhere between 60 and 80 images. I used two flashguns, one as the flash the other as the trigger only and not used to light the image (I don’t have flash triggers).
    I hope you find this interesting.

    Thanks Craig

    [img]http://i.imgur.com/lMBtz.jpg[/img]
    [img]http://i.imgur.com/OGHk1.jpg[/img]

  14. Hi Alex,

    This is an interesting challenge. I am not a product photographer but you guys have inspired me. I have been watching your studio photography insights every week and have learnt a lot, Thanks.
    For the sexy shoot idea I decided to use a bottle of Stella that I feel has sex appeal with the delicate wrapping. It’s dressed up like a lady in lingerie!
    My image is made up of somewhere between 60 and 80 images. I used two flashguns, one as the flash the other as the trigger only and not used to light the image (I don’t have flash triggers).
    I hope you find this interesting.

    Thanks Craig

  15. @Mike Broderick, Alex please delete this post. I used some some invalid characterless in the Photo links.

  16. @Mike Broderick, Looks like the URL you provided is invalid: http://www.phillydarts.com/images/canon/%5B6%5DCoors_Light_Bottle-Setup.jpg – nothing is there…

  17. I had fun trying to think of something for this week’s assignment. Make a bottle sexy… hmmm.

    [img]http://www.phillydarts.com/images/canon/6_Coors_Light_Legs.jpg[/img]

    Got Blue Mountains?

    I laid down two Coors Light beers on a napkin and used my cell phone to take some quick photos. I noticed that if I cropped the image the bottles kind of looked like legs. So I setup two bottles upside down and took a ton of pictures. They came out ok but it needed something else. I made a thong out of an aluminum Coors can and added it to the bottle necks. That seemed to immediately convey what I wanted the bottles to look like, Legs ! Also it hid the division between the Coors Light Logo and the white paper making for a better transition.

    Setup:

    [img]http://www.phillydarts.com/images/canon/6_Coors_Light_Bottle-Setup.jpg[/img]

    Two Coors bottles chilled and put upside down. I cut two slots in a white cardboard and use a CFL light with tissue paper diffuser to back-light the bottles. I taped the Coors Light Logo to the back cardboard so it would be out of focus and used a LED flash light to highlight it. Since the bottle necks didn’t have the Coors Logo I felt I need to add that to the picture. (But you do see “The Silver Bullet” on the labels) I also used another LED flash light to quickly light paint the front labels and medal thong!

    Post Production:
    Lightroom to crop and make slight Light Fill, Black adjustments. Then I used Photoshop to remove small highlights hotspots. No layers for this one.

  18. Hi Alex ! Please delete my first post and replace it by this one.

    My submission for the weekly Studio Photography Insights assignment “Sexy Bottle”

    First is the resulting shot and second is the set up shot .

    Shot At 1/20sec F/16, iso400 Hand held.

    [img]http://i.imgur.com/q1Iiu.jpg[/img]

    [img]http://i.imgur.com/Msgli.jpg[/img]

    Can’t wait till Wednesday !

  19. Well, this sort of photography is certainly outside my comfort zone — not way I normally shoot, and I am in obviously the company of those way out of my league. But this is a great way to stretch those creative muscles that have not been used lately. I appreciated the honest criticism last week. :-)

    I am torn on wheat to post this time… spent a lot of time creating the setup for my original idea, but in the end I think cropping to a small portion of the setup was more fitting for the category. I’ll post my original idea with the setup shot. I don’t to go over both next week, but I’m open to comments of any kind here.

    Submission:
    [img]http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7178/6786794244_b75799c4af_o.jpg[/img]

    Setup and original idea:
    [img]http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7046/6932909919_68a9a84b2b_o.jpg[/img] [img]http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7053/6786794100_e8b188ab38_o.jpg[/img]

  20. My submission for the weekly Studio Photography Insights assignment “Sexy Bottle”

    First is the resulting shot and second is the set up shot .

    Shot At 1/20sec F/16, iso400 Hand held.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragon7325/6932435211/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragon7325/6786318888/

    Can’t wait till Wednesday !

  21. Hello Alex –

    So here is my work for Dave’s topic. I first thought I would go out and find a “sexy” bottle, so I did some research and found the following …
    [img]http://www.theimage.com/apubimages/assignment2/sexybottles.jpg[/img]
    That first one had all kinds of possibilities! Oh well decided that was not really the challenge, so I found something else.
    [img]http://www.theimage.com/apubimages/assignment2/nuvobottle2.jpg[/img]
    In this one I tried to use the various lights to produce a variety of curves in the final composition. It ended up being a composite of about 5 images. The main image is shown below #1 (I did use a small light to illuminate the NUVO label from the side during the shot.) While playing with a larger flashlight on the label I noticed a neat reflection on the rear wall, so I did a second image capturing the reflection. (It’s actually called a caustic.) Finally I needed to get a little more color on the secondary bottle so I shined the hand light through the liqueur to make a color filter out of it to provide the needed coloring. There were two more quick shots, one for the lower label and one to highlight the gemstones.
    [img]http://www.theimage.com/apubimages/assignment2/explainbottle2.jpg[/img]
    About 2-2.5 hours later and about 10 layers in photoshop and I was done. Total time about 4.5 hours.

    See you on Wednesday …
    ron

  22. Thanks Alex for the tip to use imgur Images, as I did not know how to put up my diagram of my set-up of the wine bottle shot on G+ reply, that was of course not on my site!

  23. Many thanks guys for ranting my image, love to hear more in the future :].

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