If you’re going to shoot product photography, you need good glass.
Archives For June 2012
A series captured last year in Kolmanskop, a deserted diamond mining town in amongst the dunes of the Namib desert.
Every photographer goes through this. It’s dangerous. I did it.
I looked through old image archives! There, I said it.
HCB suggested, and I’m paraphrasing here, we toss aside our first 10000 images. What about the next 10000, or the pile after that?
This is an old one, though not the oldest by any stretch. Discard or not?
Not an everyday sight. I had high hopes for this scene when i spotted it crossing Tower Bridge. This was the best I could get and I’m slightly disappointed.
Looking away from City Hall
Interesting photoshop exercise for this one…
The bridge was littered with tourists, like me
I don’t know about you, but I always shoot a bracketed 3 shot exposure – sensor dynamic range trust is low in our house! I shot about 8 sets of bracketed shots. In photoshop, I stacked them, converted them to a smart object and then set to a mean variance. Voila. Tourists gone!
Not sure if you are aware of 1x.com, but they are an exclusive on line gallery space. They have an army of curators who will scrutinise your tear soaked efforts and judge whether their gallery space will be enhanced by hosting your image. On one hand, it can be viewed as digital snobbery, on the other they have an awesome collection of artists and imagery. I read yesterday Apple use them as an image repository. The Gallery is definitely worth browsing for inspiration.
Anyway, another of my images was accepted for publishing.
Adobe says, of the Soft Light Layer Blending mode, “Soft Light darkens or lightens the colors, depending on the blend color. The effect is similar to shining a diffused spotlight on the image. If the blend color (light source) is lighter than 50% gray, the image is lightened as if it were dodged. If the blend color is darker than 50% gray, the image is darkened as if it were burned in. Painting with pure black or white produces a distinctly darker or lighter area, but does not result in pure black or white.“
I’ve put together some example images for your consumption to illustrate how I work.
I will convert a copy of the image to monochrome. The conversion will attempt to capitalise on the tonal qualities of each colour channel within the areas of the image. In this image, I would take primarily red channel areas to emphasise the face. Blue to reduce emphasis on the background.
The image above simply takes the RED channel (use curves to reduce the other channels to zero), desaturated. Then simply set this monochrome layer’s blend mode to Soft Light. On the left is the original image. On the right, soft light blended layers – top is a more subtle 40% opacity, whilst the bottom right is 100% to show the full force of the soft light layer mode on the red channel.
Below you will see the same effect, but for the GREEN and then BLUE channels.
And below, a crafted monochrome conversion specifically to use as a contrast boosting Soft Light Layer. It is subtle, but the original raw was quite contrasty already.