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  • Monthly Archives March 2008

    I got a number of emails, and comments, asking if I would do a lighting diagram of how the cereal shot from Monday was done, but once I started working on the diagram, I realized how much I hate lighting diagrams, so I set the shoot back up and took a shot of the set-up (shown above--click for a larger view). The table the cereal is on, is actually the portable laptop stand I use in my Lightroom Tour, ---I just covered it with a white tablecloth. The handheld reflector (to the left of the cereal bowl) is actually a Lastolite pop-up gray card, but since one side is white, it makes a nice little reflector. The light to the right of the Camera is a Westcott Spiderlight TD3 with daylight balanced fluorescent bulbs (I used the TD3 because I don't need that much…

    It's time for our midweek look at stuff: Since we've been talking about shooting food this week, here's a site that mixes Photoshop with photography. It's called "Teri Shoots Food" and they've got a very clever way to show the Photoshop post production work applied to some high-end food shoots. You basically "scrub" your slider over the image, and it shows you the before/after image as you drag. It's very slick (and there's some very nicely done Photoshop work there). Here's the link. Famous Sport Shooter (and educator) Dave Black just dedicated this month's installment of his popular "Workshop at the Ranch" to talking about, and actually showing, Joe McNally's groundbreaking book, "The Moment It Clicks." Dave did an amazing job of really taking you "inside the book" in a way I haven't seen before. Here's the link (plus, while you're there---make sure you…

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    The original image is shown above—that’s Photoshop User Managing Editor Issac Stolzenbach, on his classic Honda Shadow Sabre (click for a larger view).

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    The Lucis Art plug-in interface (Click for a larger view).

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    The grittier, hyper-sharpened, high-contrast image after applying the Lucis Art plug-in (click for a larger view).

    YOU’VE GOT THE LOOK
    Photography, like fashion itself, seems to go though periods of time where there is a certain “look” that everybody wants to have, and right now the hot look for portraits is what you might call the “Dave Hill look” (I blogged about Dave’s photography last month—here’s the link). His trademark look is gritty, sharp, yet at the same time I’ve heard it described as almost “painterly” in nature. Whatever you want to call it; every big celebrity and rock band wants him to shoot them, and even big business magazines are calling on him to shoot their covers. He’s the “it” photographer.

    Now, after researching the living daylights out of this topic, I can tell you this: I don’t believe Dave Hill’s look comes from a plug-in, or just a Photoshop technique, or just a

    I mentioned last week that I've been trying to get my wife to do a cookbook of her recipes, and along those lines I've been shooting a lot of food lately (when I tell people I've been shooting food, they usually look at me and say, "Food?" I tell them to think of the type of shots you'd see in a cookbook---as shown above where I mocked up some of my shots with a cookbook layout). I've done a food shoot every single day this past week, and I've gained 14.3 lbs. (totally kidding, but I've got to tell you, since I'm closely watching my weight, it's tough shooting food and not totally chowing down on it. The only saving grace is; once you're done shooting it for an hour or two, you usually wouldn't want to eat it). I took the shots above…

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