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#261436 Women's Shoes

Posted by Sailjunkie on 22 June 2019 - 11:27 PM

The hypothetical client was an upscale local boutique.  The campaign was featuring high-heeled women's shoes.  It was important to show texture; height of heel; shape of toe; and finally, possibly the insole.  As with most of our recent assignments, this is easier said than done.


This was shot on clear plexiglass over black paper.




I wasn't kidding when I said that this was easier said than done.  Here's the lighting set-up:

  • 1 Godox SK-300 strobe with soft-box.  Large scrim in front.  In slave mode.
  • 1 Godox SK-300 strobe with hood.  Small scrim mounted on a light stand in front.  In slave mode.
  • 2 white reflector cards.
  • Yongnuo YN-685 speed light, mounted on a tripod.  Blue gel taped to the head, with parchment paper over that.  This was aimed at a Studio Grey back drop.  Phottix wireless flash triggers were used, to fire it.

Post-processing was a bit more straight-forward.  This was cropped in LR.  Also, saturation adjustment for the blue spray light.  Photoshop was used for cloning and healing, plus a levels adjustment and mask, to lighten only the shoes a bit more.


My instructor loved it, describing it as a portfolio-quality shot.


I had a lot of fun with this, both during the shoot and during post-processing.  Ain't it amazing what you can do with a pair of cheap second-hand shoes, purchased at a local thrift store?   ;)


Thanks for looking, everyone.  :)


#261429 Fuji GFX 102 MP Mirrorless Camera

Posted by Sailjunkie on 21 June 2019 - 12:45 PM

Thanks for sharing, Art.


I won't knock it because competition like this keeps everybody else on their toes.  However, I read that it is very costly.  It's definitely targeted at a "niche" market:  specifically folks who need a specialist camera like this bad enough to justify the cost ($13,300 at Henrys); or folks with experience in successful bank robbery!  :lol:

#261392 Nikon Rumours - Nikon CEO confirms there will be D5 Mirrorless Version

Posted by Sailjunkie on 17 June 2019 - 12:23 PM

No details on exactly when:



#261377 VARAC Vintage Grand Prix 2019 - Day 2 continued ...

Posted by Sailjunkie on 16 June 2019 - 11:51 AM

Another nice series, Art.


I have a buddy who is nuts about Porsche.  For me, Mustangs and Camaros are my fave muscle cars.  :)

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#261376 VARAC Vintage Grand Prix 2019 - Day 2

Posted by Sailjunkie on 16 June 2019 - 11:49 AM

Nice series, Art.  :)

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#261362 VARAC Vintage Grand Prix 2019

Posted by Sailjunkie on 15 June 2019 - 11:44 AM

Nice series and good field test, Art.  :)

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#261334 Carnival

Posted by Sailjunkie on 13 June 2019 - 12:24 PM

Cool .... did you have a go Phil :rolleyes: :)


Nice shot, Phil.  If you did have a "go" did you win?  ;)

#261275 Thom Hogan - Is Landscape Photography Done?

Posted by Sailjunkie on 10 June 2019 - 12:36 PM

I haven't done much landscape shooting because of my class.  However, Hogan has an interesting take on this that I will ponder again when I begin to contemplate life AFTER Project 52.  :)



#261274 The Windmills of Your Mind

Posted by Sailjunkie on 10 June 2019 - 12:27 PM

Nice series, Herman, and thanks for the link.


Ron asked the same question that I was going to ask.  They are still a lot nicer to look at than wind turbines.   :)

#261260 Incredible Edible Egg

Posted by Sailjunkie on 08 June 2019 - 11:38 AM

That's incr-edible!


Nicely done!


Thanks, Art.  They were very tasty.  ;)

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#261231 Skywalker...

Posted by Sailjunkie on 07 June 2019 - 12:47 PM

Nice shot, Herman.  :)

#261228 Brandy & Cigars

Posted by Sailjunkie on 07 June 2019 - 12:39 PM

Wow, gorgeous lighting.  You are nailing this!

I think you have a future doing product shots! ;)


Thank you, Art.


I really enjoy the problem solving aspect of this.  :)

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#261187 Room with a (Swiss) view...

Posted by Sailjunkie on 06 June 2019 - 11:37 AM

Nice series, Herman.  I really like the second one.  :)

#261178 Mountains & Lakes, Switzerland

Posted by Sailjunkie on 05 June 2019 - 11:33 AM

Nice series, Herman.  The first image is my fave.  :)

#261156 Murten, Switzerland

Posted by Sailjunkie on 04 June 2019 - 11:45 AM

Nice series, Herman.  Also very much appreciate the background link.   :)