“Photographing Pills” with Alicia Bonterre

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The assignment was to photograph some pills and bottle for a drop in to another shot.

  1. Parameters for the shot? White background…..that’s it. My thought process for this shot was how can I make this even a little bit interesting
  2. What type of shadows do I want and
  3. What kind of specular/highlight do I want.

To this end I chose a brightly colored bottle and pills…more interesting than solid white pills.

I then used a softbox close to subject to soften shadows and a small strip light on a speedlight to give long specular highlights and help show shape of the pills.

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(I actually started with a Gary Fong diffuser instead but the specular was round and small and didn’t help show the shape. Below you can see how the highlights from a small, round light do not help the presentation of the pills.)

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A BTS of the Fong Lighting:

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See more of Alicia’s work at her website.SUMMER-SCHOOLALL THE TUTORIALS DURING “SUMMER SCHOOL” ARE BY PROJECT 52 PRO MEMBERS EITHER CURRENTLY ENROLLED OR ALUMNI.

Fitness Shoot with a Model by Hiram Chee

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For the key light I used an Einstein F8 through a Softlighter camera right and for fill and Einstein F4 through a 8in reflector and 30 degree grid, camera left. The reflector was angled up towards the model’s shoulder slightly towards the back wall. I also feathered the Softlighter slightly forward from the model to get the Rembrandt effect.

For post-processing I use Capture One to get my exposure, color balance, contrast, sharpness, clarity and structure dialed in. I then transferred the image to CS6 and de-noised with Nik Dfine, followed by skin smoothing with Imagenomic Portraiture, balanced contrast with Nik Pro Contrast/Color Efx and sharpened with Nik RAW pre-sharpener.

I finally did a BW conversion in Nik Silver FX. Here is a BTS that the model snapped while I was setting up.

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You can see more of Hiram’s work at his website.

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Cool Sneakers with Alicia Bonterre

Today’s class is from Alicia Bonterre, a photographer who makes her home in Trinidad.

This was the assignment:

Running Shoes are one of the staples of sports and fitness… and come in all colors and sizes.

Distance runners, joggers, sprinters, hobbyists and kids all have shoes designed for their specialties.

Our job is to shoot a pair of running shoes… And do it with some flair.

The brief:

We have to see the side of one of the shoes, and we must see the bottom of the shoe. Tread is important in running shoes, and it is darned hard to photograph.

This can be done as a studio shot indoors, or a ‘studio’ shot outdoors… in a controlled location environment.

Lighting:

Think soft ambient light with direction. Remember that it will take something a bit punchy to show us the tread of the shoe, as well. I would think sun/diffuser/mirror possibly?

You will have to be very aware of the shape of the shoe from the side… and how you decide to show the side and bottom are up to you, but you will most likely have to prop the shoes up with small cards or shims.

This picture was my inspiration and guide.  I wanted to see how close to replicating it I could get. 

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I used two strobes.

SUMMER-SCHOOLI crossed the light so one hits the left side of the shoe to show the texture of the bottom, I used barndoors and a honeycomb grid here to keep it hard and focused,  a softbox on the right was aimed in such a way as to skim across the side to show dimension and form.  Shot at f11 to be sure all is sharp and in focus. The weight and stick holding the shoe up were later removed in Photoshop and the green background light and swirls added.

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Final Shot

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Visit Alicia Bonterre’s website.

Making a “Splashing” Apple with John McAllister

SUMMER SCHOOL, DAY ONE: JOHN MCALLISTER.

John shows how to create this stunning effect.

P52 Summer Assignment 26: “Wet” #3

You can download the raw files used to make this photograph here.

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For more from John McAllister, visit his blog.

SUMMER-SCHOOLALL THE TUTORIALS DURING “SUMMER SCHOOL” ARE BY PROJECT 52 PRO MEMBERS EITHER CURRENTLY ENROLLED OR ALUMNI.