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Spoons, Forks, Knives...Oh My!

Yesterday, 12:34 AM

The assignment was simple:  spoons, forks, knives.  In any configuration.  The only requirement was to think outside the box.  I didn't have the glass to try some of the concepts that I wanted, so I decided to combine photography with Photoshop.




I used a Godox SK-300 strobe with soft-box and scrim, directly in front of the cutlery.  Then I placed white foam cards on each side.  For my settings:

  • ISO 64
  • 24-70/f 2.8 lens @ 36mm
  • 1/125 sec
  • f16

Photoshop is where I just fell in love with the Gradient Mapping Adjustment layer.  I used a Copper Gradient and the Divide Blending mode.  To finish, I made sharpening and minor adjustments in Lightroom


Don felt it was a good shot.  He only suggested one adjustment that has been made.


Thanks for looking, everyone.  :)

New - Adobe Enhance Details

12 February 2019 - 01:41 PM

Too soon to say how useful this feature will be:



Musician Portrait

10 February 2019 - 12:39 AM

The assignment was to create an image, for commercial use by the artist, including web sites or public relations.    While posing with an instrument was quite acceptable,  "live" performance shots were not allowed.


We quickly solved the dilemma of who to photograph.  One of our acquaintances has a brother-in-law who plays in a Maple Ridge band.  Alex was looking for images that he could use for a web site, social media and a possible album cover.  This led to a very pleasant afternoon session with a very nice guy.





I used 2 Godox Sk-300 studio strobes with soft-boxes.  Power was at low setting.  Other information:

  • ISO 64
  • 24-70/f2.8 @ 46mm
  • 1/125 sec
  • f11

During the class, Don suggested one small change to exposure on the face.  We also all learned about "dot gain".  I love this course!


Thanks for looking everyone.  :)

Nikon Z 24-70/f 2.8 to come soon?

05 February 2019 - 01:31 PM

Here's some news for all of you Z users.  Nikon Rumours is more reliable than most.



Portrait and Prop

25 January 2019 - 12:49 AM

This week's assignment was to feature a prop.  The challenge was to include a person, to give it scale or dimension.  


The results were mixed.  Shot 1 didn't go as planned.  I deliberately focussed on the prop, and it is tack sharp as intended.  However, I didn't blur Angela's face as much as I should have.  And her facial expression pulls the viewer's attention completely away from the prop.


Shot 2 was much better.




Don's only suggestion was to lighten one small area on the right hand side of the machine.  He described it as a portfolio shot.


My set up was simple:

  • Godox SK300 strobe @ 1.7 power
  • White foam reflector card on a stand.
  • ISO 64
  • 24-70/2.8 @ 36mm
  • 1/125 sec @ f11

I don't mind seeing the creases in the muslin backdrop.  What drives me crazy, however, are the folds from when it was shipped.  Despite my best efforts to clone them out, I always seem to miss a few.  Any ideas on how to actually get rid of them are welcome.


I used PS, to do a levels adjustment plus cloning on the foreground and background.  LR was used for final adjustments including sharpening.


Thanks for looking, everyone.  :)