BOOKINGS FOR OCTOBER

Whew! can’t believe how fast things are moving. I’m in studio today just refining set ups etc for our next workshop and I’m really getting a buzz from this stuff. On top of that, I’ve been thinking  about November and Decembers workshops and what to shoot and I’ve got a few really great ideas – but that’s for later 😀

Anyway, back to October, there are still places left for my workshop so get yourself booked in for some great studio photography fun!! Don’t be disappointed.

Cheers

Terry Croom

www.terrycroom.com

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BOWL OF BERRIES

This is a food shot and it’s something which I think would be great for one of my workshops. So if there are any foodies out there who would like the opportunity to shoot a food item in the studio – get in touch!

All feedback is welcome as it gives me the opportunity to tailor my workshops to suit your needs 😀

Cheers

Terry Croom

www.terrycroom.com

HOW WAS IT DONE?

As promised, here is the blow by blow account of how I shot the hair spray bottle on my first workshop in September.

In the image above, you can see the product which was actually glued to a rod and attached to a tripod. I then placed an A2 piece of black foam board about 60cm behind the product. Trick 1 A large softbox was positioned behind and touching the board. This in effect, created 3 strip boxes behind the subject, one either side and one below. This produced a rim light all around the subject. Trick 2 If the subject was on a black shooting table, we wouldn’t get that rim light all round 😀 I now placed a stripbox above the subject which high lighted the trigger mechanism and gave a nice gradient to the top curvature of the product body. A second softbox was placed in front and below the subject to light the label and main body. The final touch I used to create the gradient right hand side of the lid was a combination of a 1 stop diffuser panel and a sripbox which is not shown in the image above. But basically, the panel was at right angles to the subject RH side and a softbox behind the panel at about 45 degs angle to it – brightest side to the rear. That’s it 😀

The finished article

In my next workshops during October, I will be shooting a product again, but this time I will be creating an interesting back ground using lighting (no photoshop trickery). So if you want to get involved, get in touch using my contact page on my website. www.terrycroom.com

Cheers

Terry Croom

OCTOBER WORKSHOPS

Dates for my workshops in October are 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th. 10.00am to 2.00pm lunch provided. I will be doing something along these lines which should be very interesting. All done in camera, the only bit of PhotoShop used, was for cleaning. I will take you through the set-up of the product and how I lit it then you will re-create it 🙂 Come and join my fun workshops and see all the tricks and techniques used the achieve the final image..

Cheers

Terry Croom

www.terrycroom.com

MY FIRST WORKSHOP

Today I had my first Workshop with my first candidates Sally, Tony and Dave. We undertook the project of re shooting my hair spray image  https://terrycroom.wordpress.com/2012/09/19/image-after-post-production/  and here you can see a few images that Sally & Tony took during the shoot which I very much appreciated as it shows how we interacted within the studio. I will at some stage in the very near future, post images of the shoot stage by stage to show how it was done. This was a hands on experience for the candidates and allowed them to experiment and see for them selves what is possible using lighting and initiative. A great day I think was had by all, I certainly enjoyed the experience and I’m looking forward to doing more!!!

If you would like to get involved, I’m now taking bookings for October but places are very much in demand – so get in quick!!!

 

Cheers

Terry Croom

www.terrycroom.com

FULLY BOOKED

OK the September workshop is now fully booked and closed so I am now taking bookings for October. I will be tackling something equally challenging and in the next few days I will submit  an image to show what we will be doing next month. If you missed Septembers, don’t worry, I will be posting details about that workshop including BTS images to show how I did it and the results from our first students.

Why not bookmark this blog and return to see what ‘s happening next.

Cheers

Terry Croom

www.terrycroom.com

IMAGE AFTER POST PRODUCTION

Ok – this is the image of the hairspray bottle after post production just so you can see the final image. I did actually re-shoot it to change the reflection on the top because I think it looks a bit better. I cleaned all dust spots and defects on the surface, cut out the object using pen tool in Photoshop and placed it onto a pure black background (as the background in the original was not quite pure black) and added a small amount of contrast.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO TAKE THIS SHOT?

Well you can if you join my workshop – so get it touch! Go to my website and click on Contact Page and fill in the form!!!

www.terrycroom.com

WHAT DO I NEED?

What do I need for your workshop?

Good question: You need a camera – preferably a DSLR. You need to know how to use it in manual and have a good all round understanding of your camera. If your camera came bundled with a cable which connects to a PC, bring that too. Oh, and most of all, you need bags of enthusiasm. The workshop is not about technical stuff (I don’t do technical) it’s about being creative with lighting and understanding how to use light on your subject. It’a all about the art of photography which sometimes gets lost behind the f stops and chromatic aberrations.

Terry Croom

www.terrycroom.com