Ok here we are in the middle of a vineyard picking grapes – well not me exactly someone has to take the photos. The vineyard owner usually has a team of about ten or so pickers, some from the community and some who come in just for the harvest time. These guys start early before it’s too hot and work really hard to bring in the grapes. It’s back breaking work and I have a lot of respect for them.
Here are some of the products I’ll be shooting and at some point, I will be picking too
I can only upload between storms as the lightening effects the equipment so that’s it for now.
Terry Croom 😀
This is really cool – a great shot by Paul Whittingham please check it out 😀
This is well worth watching 😀
There are still a few places available for my October workshops so get in touch if you’d like to get involved and have a play in my studio. It’s great fun and very informative 😀
As promised, here is the “Behind the Scenes” images and explanation of the shoot, as it was done, at my October Workshop.
1 We started with just a shooting table which is basically a piece of plywood about an A4 size. A quick release plate is screwed to the back which makes it easy to fit to a tripod and a piece of black Plexiglass sits on top.
2 We used a diffuser panel as a back drop
3 This is where the fun started. We arranged and then rearranged I don’t know how many times to get our subjects looking just right. It’s important to spend some time here and experiment so as to get the best from your subject.
4 Now we added that blue to the background using a blue gel and honey comb grid (10 %) on a strobe aimed at the top of the diffuser panel. This also created a blue reflection on the shooting table. Here you could if you wanted, change the colour of the gel, or move the strobe to create different gradients. There are limitless possibilities.
5 Now we introduced a stripbox to the front of our subject. At this point, we found that the reflections from the products were quite harsh when the stripbox was placed immediately in front. But with some experimenting, we discovered that with the stripbox tilted away to the right, we got some striking highlights. So we decided to keep it there. This did however, render our subjects dark and unclear.
6 In order to illuminate the front of our subject, we used a combination of a strobe, again with a honeycomb grid, and a reflector panel. By placing the reflector in front of and to the left of subject we could aim the strobe at it which in turn filled the front of the subject with nice soft light.
7 Here is the end result which the students were really pleased with as was I 😀
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 😀