Sunday, January 31, 2010

Case Study: Light of the Legends

Victor Skrebneski shot this image of Diana Ross for the cover of her 1977 album, Baby It's Me. "I left the light in the frame because people always ask 'what kind of light do you use'," says Skrebneski. "So I figured I'd leave it in so that everyone could see how the lighting was done." Some of the most classic shots ever done are with just a single light source and the white seamless or a muslin cloth. Lets take a walk in the Supermodel era and before, to study some of the greatest legends use their favourite light.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

The Art of Shading

Previously, in the Beauty Retouching tutorial, we saw how to use two adjustment layers for this, one for the highlights and one for the shadows. In this tutorial, we show how it was done old school. Many Pros are still using this method to shade their final image. Take a look how to Dodge and Burn the alternate way.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Mixing Flash & Ambient Light

One of the most creative ways of using a flash is to mix it with ambient light (either H.M.I, tungsten, fluorescent  or daylight). This technique is used a lot for fashion shots in attractive interior and exterior settings. The secret here is to balance the output of the flash units so that shadows are filled in such a way that the light from the flash is not dominating the shot.

The 'Sin City' Look

One of the most graphic digital movie of our times, Frank Millers Sin City, directed by Robert Rodriguez, has had a great impact in Movie Making. This is a theatrical adaptation of the comic series. The whole movie is shot on a green screen, with three point lighting(more on this later), and is in black & white for most parts, and some scenes have color elements in them. In this post we attempt to create a similar graphic look.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Catch the Light

Here is a simple tip to make your life easy while trying to reverse engineer (or in simple words, trying to figure out) lighting of an image. We are going to do this by reading the eyes. Why? Because the eyes never lie(atleast if they are not photoshopped). Take a look inside for examples of catchlight, how to idenify them and use them creatively. LEARN TO SEE THE LIGHT.

Beauty and the Dish

Beauty Photography is a whole new genre in itself, and deals mainly with lighting the model’s face and hair. It is important to understand how to light to emphazize cheek bones, jaw line etc. Since beauty shots are mainly tight close ups, one most important factor is the catch light in the eyes. Some photogs don't care about it, some go creative with it by using strip lights and ring flash, and some prefer a nice circular catch light. For those who prefer the perfect circle, say hello to the Beauty Dish!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Negative Space

There are many elements that work together to create a perfect composition. One such element is called 'negative space'. Negative space is nothing but the empty space inside the picture that is not the subject. However, it is one of the most important thing to be considered while framing.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Shooting White on White

One of the most challenging shots in fashion and advertising photography is to photograph a model wearing white clothing on a white background. For most part, we have seen how to do this in 'Shooting on White Seamless' tutorial. But what if you have to shoot a transparent or netted white cloth on a white background?

Selective Desaturation

This is a continuation of the previous Art of Toning tutorial.One of the highly used effect in Hi Fashion Photography is the desaturated look. Every one has a different style for this and so do we. You will be surprised to see how quickly you can create a custom desaturated image. What we do is something called selective desaturation, using one of the most powerful tool in photoshop/elements.....Layers!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Gelled Background Lighting

In here we show how to create amazing radial glowing color backgrounds RIGHT OUT OF THE CAMERA! Along with that, you will also see some new lighting techniques and using color gels on lights.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

The Art of Toning

This tutorial covers almost all the popular color and monotone effects used in photographic images. Though there are many ways to achieve this, we based the whole tutorial on layers and adjustment layers in photoshop elements which should be available to any user. If you are used to your favourite photo filter, try this method to achieve more control and confidence.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Case Study: "In the Wind" by Benjamin Kanarek

Check out this wonderful behind the scenes video by Pro Fashion Photographer Benjamin Kanarek on his blog here, whose images have graced the covers of Elle and Vogue from time to time. In this video, you see the creative ways Benjamin used hard flash light and mixed them with gelled H.M.I lights with a little shutter delay and some cool photo editing by Freddy Baby, Paris. Some reverse engineering on lighting inside.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Food Photography Basics

If you are a foodie and you love photography, then for sure you'll love this, right? Well, think again. Read what goes on behind the scenes in a world where ice creams are made of mashed potato scoop with artificial color. One of the most popular form of photography made easy in this tutorial and 10 most important tips for food photography inside.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Smokin' Shots

This mini tutorial shows you how to light up the model inorder to shoot smoke in context of a beauty shot. Shooting headshots are simple. Shooting smoke is fun. Combine the two together....its twice the fun. Take a look at the lighting setup used for this image, and the basics of what goes in capturing smoke.

Cleaning, Toning the White Background

This tutorial is in conjuction with the shooting on a white background. Ideally, photographers should get the evenly lit, clean white look right out of the camera. But sometimes, either the backdrop is a little old, or there is not enough space for even lighting. So, take a look how to get the backdrop to pure white in 10 easy steps.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Shooting on a White Seamless

We had two break it up in three parts. In this first installment we show you ten different light setups for lighting a model on a white seamless background. Also, in this tutorial we demonstrate how to make a white background pure white and/or gray by moving the lights.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

H.D.R and Panoramas

We have tried to make this post different from the regular tutorials on High Dynamic Range and Panoramas. In here we show you how to combine both the techniques first, and then take it one step further.
For the beginners, heres a quick overview of these techniques seperately.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Multiplying Models

This is one of the most fun and easy tutorial combined. This trick is evolved from the double-exposure technique used in the film days. Once you know the simple trick to multiply your subject(including you) and do it can be taken to a level of a big creative assignment....or, you can just have fun with your family.
Every good image has to begin with a good shoot and end with equally good editing. This technique is a perfect balance of shooting technique and photo editing skill. Yet, it is very simple.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Creating Sunlight in Studio

In the previous post we discussed about shooting against sun on location. However, photography on location has its advantages and disadvantages. The sunlight is changing constantly, making it difficult to shoot over an extended period of time, and poor weather can often mean that photography has to be abandoned completely until conditions improve. Sometimes, the client doesn't have enough time or budget for a location shoot. For all these reasons, sometimes we need to create sunlight in the studio.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Sharpening Secrets

Take control over the sharpening tools in photoshop to get the best results for your image. This simple little technique is quite old and known only to the pros in the industry, can be done in photoshop elements also. So lets see how to get the most out of the 'unsharp mask' filter.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Shooting against Sun

A very simple technique in outdoor fashion photography which uses on location flash lighting. This look was made popular in the early 90's and required generators with powerpacks, which in turn got down to batterypacks today. All leading studio light manufacturers have portable batterypacks. Some enthusiasts use off camera flashes which is good for crosslighting or balancing sunlight....but for against sun the power isn't quite upto it.

Lighting 3D Backgrounds

Nothing much to do with the latest blockbuster Avatar, but this post has a lot in common with the use of 3D elements trend in hollywood. Take a look at how to incorporate the 3D scenes/objects into photography and mage making in terms of lighting.

Friday, January 1, 2010

DOF and Bokeh

This tutorial is specially designed for first timers struggling to understand the concept of aperture, depth of field and bokeh. We came up with a non scientific but photographic and very easy to understand explanation of the relation between the aperture of the lens, the light and the image.