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#1 Sailjunkie

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Posted 23 May 2019 - 11:42 PM

The hypothetical assignment was to shoot Brandy & Cigars for an ad agency pitch to a prospective client.  The shot was to include Brandy or Whiskey coloured liquid in snifters.  Cigars were to include bands.  We were to produce two shots of the same set, using different views.

 

I used slightly different lighting set ups for each shot.  Both shots used a Godox SK-300 Strobe with a soft box, on camera left.  Power was at 1.7.  There was a larger scrim in front of the soft box.   A white card was also placed on camera right, to reflect light on the glasses.

 

However, to produce the orange background (or spray) light in the first shot, I placed a speedlight on a tripod, right under the table that I was using for my shot.  I taped an orange gel to the head of the speedlight.  To really intensify the spray effect, I taped parchment paper to the edge of the table, right in front of the speedlight.

 

Brandy%20%26%20Cigars-20190518-X3.jpg

 

The data for this shot:

  • 24-70/f2.8 
  • 40mm
  • f11
  • 1/125 sec
  • ISO 64

The second shot was slightly different.  I kept the soft box, scrim and reflector card.  However, I removed the spray light from under the table.  I also replaced the bottle with an ash tray and changed the camera perspective.

 

Brandy%20%26%20Cigars-20190520-XL.jpg

 

The data for this shot:

  • 24-70/f2.8
  • 46mm
  • f11
  • 1/125 sec
  • ISO64

I used PS for cloning & healing in both shots.  I've also re-discovered just how useful the High Pass filter can be, for sharpening.  I used LR's adjustment brush for minor exposure adjustments.  I also played with the new Texture tool.  It can be very useful.

 

The class liked both shots, but Don did suggest minor tweaks for the first shot.    However, everyone loved the second shot, especially the colour in the glasses and the reflections on the wood.  That one is a "portfolio" shot.

 

Thanks for looking, everyone.  :)

 


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Posted 24 May 2019 - 04:39 AM

Wow great work Mark... I particularly like #1... for the background... but they are bothh great.


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Posted 24 May 2019 - 08:19 AM

Nice nice shots both. I too, kike #1, good choice in color.

 

You know those big paper clips with the movable wings on them? You can take white form core, cut them small, like about the size of the glass, and use the clip as a stand. That way, you can place these smaller reflectors closer and in several directions slightly outside camera view. Just a thought.


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Posted 24 May 2019 - 11:13 AM

Nice!!!!

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Posted 24 May 2019 - 12:03 PM

Wow great work Mark... I particularly like #1... for the background... but they are bothh great.

 

Thank you, Peter.  :)


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Posted 24 May 2019 - 12:08 PM

Nice nice shots both. I too, kike #1, good choice in color.

 

You know those big paper clips with the movable wings on them? You can take white form core, cut them small, like about the size of the glass, and use the clip as a stand. That way, you can place these smaller reflectors closer and in several directions slightly outside camera view. Just a thought.

 

Thank you, Dennis.

 

Are you talking about placing these behind the glasses, to make the liquid show up more?  Don felt that the background for #1 showed the liquid pretty well.   If I was shooting this again, I'd try your suggestion, just to see how it looked.  When we have talked about something similar, Don said not to worry about keeping them out of camera view.  He reminded us that this is now digital; and Photoshop is available.  ;)  


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Posted 24 May 2019 - 12:08 PM

Nice!!!!

 

Thank you, Jim.  :)


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Posted 24 May 2019 - 11:31 PM

Graet work Mark! I like the first best also. Jeff
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Posted 25 May 2019 - 09:29 AM

Yes, I was more thinking to open up the shadows more on the label. For behind, I probably use one wrapped in aluminum foil.

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Posted 25 May 2019 - 11:57 AM

Graet work Mark! I like the first best also. Jeff

 

Thanks, Jeff.  :)


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Posted 07 June 2019 - 10:10 AM

Wow, gorgeous lighting.  You are nailing this!

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


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Posted 07 June 2019 - 12:25 PM

Missed this one, Mark... superb images!

 

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Posted 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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Posted 07 June 2019 - 12:40 PM

Missed this one, Mark... superb images!

 

:rolleyes:

 

Thank you, Herman.  :)


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