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Women's Shoes

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.  :)


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

17 June 2019 - 12:23 PM

No details on exactly when:



Thom Hogan - Is Landscape Photography Done?

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.  :)



Individual Sports Gear

31 May 2019 - 11:45 PM

This assignment has a bit of a humorous backstory to it.  The assignment was to shoot individual sports gear,  for a full page ad that might be used in several trade magazines.  We were required to leave room for a paragraph or two of text.  This was to be left in the bottom right corner of the image.  We also had to recognize that different magazines might use different page sizes.  We had to ensure that we left enough free area in the image, for the image to work in all page sizes.


Buying new gear was OK, but we had to keep receipts and confirm the store's return policy.  Because Angela suggested that I could use a new pair of hiking shoes anyway, off I went to happily make my purchase.  I found a nice pair - the newest version of what I already had.


So I decided to use my old shoes, to set composition and lighting.  Well, guess what?  My old, well worn shoes actually looked better in the shot than the new pair that I bought!  I wasn't sure how my instructor would feel, but I decided to submit the shot and find out.


I used:

  • a single Godox SK-300 strobe with a soft-box.
  • a single large scrim.
  • a white reflector card.
  • a larger black reflector, to stop light from spilling onto the backdrop.
  • 2 small black flags, to stop light from shining onto the shoe tops.
  • dirt from our backyard, spread over a ceramic tile.

There was extensive post-processing.  In Photoshop, I used levels adjustment plus the High Pass filter; then used Nik's Viveza plug-in.  I finally used Lightroom for cropping.




My instructor liked the image.  He noted that a lot of agencies don't mind showing used gear because it shows durability.  He also noted that the back of the shoes and the front tip were properly lit.


So, in addition to lighting techniques, what did I learn?  Easy, there is still a place for old gear.  ;)


Thanks for looking everyone.  :)

Incredible Edible Egg

30 May 2019 - 11:34 PM

The assignment was to shoot eggs to layout, for a restaurant's new breakfast menu.  The shot must have a clean background, using muted colours that don't detract from the eggs.  We also had to use a clean, non-textured or wooden surface.




I used a Godox SK-300 strobe with a large soft box and scrim.  I also used a large black card to direct light from the soft box away from the background.  I finally used a small reflector card to provide additional light from camera right.


I used the following settings:

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

Feedback was excellent.  My instructor liked the reflection of the place mat on the bowl.  He also liked the pattern in the place mat.  Finally, he noted that the angle of the eggs in the bowl led the eye down to the egg by the bowl.  I'm slowly learning.


Thanks for looking everyone.  :)