Well, that’s it for this year – no more workshops until Feb 2013 and they start on Saturday 2nd onwards. So if you’ve missed out on this years, why not get in early for 2013 and BOOK NOW 😀


Terry Croom


Trash can as a tool for a professional photographer? The end result is all that matters? « Photigy: technically advanced photography

This is well worth a visit and shows that you can use just about anything in photography to achieve great end results. You Can with a Trash Can!  Take a look!


Trash can as a tool for a professional photographer: the end result all that matters? « Photigy: technically advanced photography.




Terry Croom

Testing some lighting setup this weekend…

Testing time this weekend.

Fredrik Topplund – Google+.

If you like this image, click the link above and give Fredrick a +

This is an image that was taken by Fredrik Topplund using the techniques I demonstrated in my Workshop 4 Tutorial

Great results and thanks for sharing Fredrik 😀

By the way, anyone else wanna take a shot at this feel free and share the results.


Terry Croom


Hi everyone and apologies for the lateness of this Blog but as promised here it is. Also at the bottom of this Blog is a link to a video of this summary complete with an added review of the post production technique used to achieve the final image 😀

In my last couple of workshops, the assignments have all been about shooting glass and liquids so this latest assignment will cover some of what’s been done already. The remit for this assignment was to shoot two glasses of liquid against a pure white background. Sounds simple but is in fact quite technically challenging. So, let’s get started.

Here’s the finished image:

Finished image

And here’s how we achieved it:

Take two glasses of coloured liquid and place them on a black plexiglass shooting table (fig 1).

The two glasses on a shooting table

(fig 1) The two glasses on a shooting table

It’s probably a good idea at this stage to make sure the glasses and table are clean (unlike the ones in this demo setup) 😀

(fig 2) Softbox as a background

Now, the background needs to be pure white, so we used a large softbox for this (fig 2) which gives us the flexibility to adjust the light and we can do that in two ways. We can either increase or decrease the power of the strobe or we can move the softbox nearer or away from the subject.

Let’s now introduce a softbox and difuser panel combination to create the gradient highlights on the left hand side of the glasses which you can see here (also note that the highlight goes all the way up the sides of the glasses.

As you can see in (fig 4) I have placed a stripbox behind a difuser panel at about a 45 deg angle which creates the desired results.

(fig 4) stripbox & difuser combination


The only other thing I added to this setup was a reflector panel (white foamboard) to the right hand side of the subject (fig 5) just to bounce a bit more light into what was otherwise a slightly dark area.

(fig 5) Reflector

Well, that’s the set up, but it’s by no means the end of the story. As I mentioned earlier, the background needs to be pure white. Ok, we can do that – but when we do, what happens? Unfortunately, we loose the gradient highlights we created at the top of the glasses where there is no liquid and we loose the definition of the glass edges in this area too (fig 6).

(fig 6) lost highlights and definition on top of glass

So what’s the solution? Well, the stark reality is, that we can’t always achieve exactly what we want in camera. Sometimes there has to be a compromise and we have to finish the image in post production and in this case, it’s got to be the background that gets edited. It’s more important to make sure that the product, the glasses in this case, are correctly exposed and the background then becomes slightly under exposed (not pure white). It’s going to be  much easier to adjust the background in post production than it would to adjust the product.

The video link which you can find below will take you to the video summary of this workshop and also includes how we did the post production to achieve the final image. So I hope this will be of help to you in your photography 😀



Terry Croom


This is a couple of glasses of food colouring in water to get a nice combination of colours. But more importantly, this image is all about lighting as is my workshops and a lot of time was spent on achieving the really nice gradient to the left hand side of the glasses. This is not as simple as it may seem and I will be uploading a video and written example of how it was done. If you would like to find out more about this kind of photography, get in touch and join the fun 😀

Workshop image



































Terry Croom


But don’t despair, I’m taking bookings  for November 2012 and dates are still available for the 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th. Get in quick though because these will be the last workshops for 2012. I’m not doing any in December because of work commitments and in January 2013, I’m going to be in a very remote part of Brazil on a three week shoot (more about that next year) 😀 Next workshops will therefore be in February 2013. So come and have some fun and take the opportunity of doing a professional product shoot in a professional studio 😀


Terry Croom


Well – what can I say!! I was going to shoot the bottle of Head and Shoulders but having thought about it for a while I decided it wasn’t very challenging for my attendees. So off I went prop shopping at my local super market and picked up a few branded products which posed some fundamental problems with regard to shooting. That said, the out come was very rewarding and once again I think my very enthusiastic students excelled!!! Here is the final image –

I have done a bit of post production which was a crop and a clean. These products are oozing curvatures and it was this which made it quite interesting and very challenging. But by the end of the workshop, my students were delighted with their efforts and I take my hat off to them all.

I will very shortly be doing a video tutorial on how this shot was done from start to finish so keep watching 😀


Terry Croom


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.


Terry Croom