Miami Based Freelance Photographer
05
SEP
2012

Fun Times

Only three weeks left before I officially set my foot in Miami.  Had some great get-together time with friends here in Dallas.  Some photos to share the good memories.

21
AUG
2012

In The Press

Another of my photo is been featured on Uncrate.com

http://uncrate.com/stuff/batman-cufflinks/

The first one on there of course is the million dollar cufflinks by Jacob and Co

http://uncrate.com/stuff/jacob-co-canary-diamond-cufflinks/

19
AUG
2012

Catfish.

I saw those catfish swimming in the display window in an Asian market. Definitely an interesting perspective.

Catfish in display window at an Asian market.

09
AUG
2012

Add eye catching color into product photography

Often times, a white background may just be too boring for the product you want to showcase.  Adding a colorful background may significantly improve perceived value of your goods.

Below is the product without any editing.

A few simple steps in editing, we can achieve the final results below.

Things I have modified from original shots:

1. Reposition products to maximize space.

2. Use Pen Tool to make a cutout path of products for generating shadow layer later, and make a duplicate layer of the product cut out shot (Box Blur Shadow Layer).

3. Make a new orange background layer(BG Color Layer).

4. Add vignetting effect around the edges by boosting the contrast and then lowering lightness on a new duplicated orange background layer(BG Vignetting Layer).

5. Add box blur effect and free transform the Box Blur Shadow Layer to make it look appealing.

6. Merge layers, resize and sharpen to save for web dispaly.

– Then you are done!

Below is a screenshot of layers I’ve created for this project.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Update:

I have just completed a more complex project using the same technique, in this project, I have added reflection effect to each product, as well as a black fill which made subject look like they are sitting on colored glass with special lighting, all done in Photoshop.  You can compare the before and after results below.  I would say that the single most time consuming part of this project is path cutting of products with intricate details.  The background and reflection effects are really easy to apply.

 

21
JUN
2012

Bounce light box design using recycled Bristol paper.

Instead of spending hundreds of dollars for a bounce light box for product photography, you can simply make your own using Bristol papers.  In this case, I’ve made a very nice one using just 4 pieces of recycled Bristol papers.  Just roll them into a slight curve, and place on your existing product shooting table.  In my case, I have one strobe setup from the top with a big diffuser panel.  I used 3 papers for the shooting area, and then a 4th piece of paper in front of the camera to catch more bounced light.  The result is obvious — It works!

For less than $1, it’s well worth the effort.  Try it for yourself!

 

Image below, the top one is photographed without a bounce box, the bottom one is photographed with this homemade bounce light box.

15
JUN
2012

Vinyl Record & Macro Photography

Made a image for our website banner, and thought it would be fun to also zoom it to an extreme and show some amazing details of the vinyl record.  Wow!  I’ve never seen it this up close!

 

Below is the outcome of the shoot.  A very fun way of using vinyl records, since it’s texture is very unique, and is perfect for our record cufflinks!

 

16
MAY
2012

Stop Motion Animation

Made two stop motion animations.

The first one (star wars flip-bar cufflinks) is actually my first try, thus the transition of a full loop is not as well planed as the second attempt featuring a pair of USB cufflinks.  Both made using 17 frames edited and created in Photoshop.

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07
MAY
2012

World’s most expensive cufflinks, made by Jacob & Co, and other fancy diamond toys.

Had the fortunate opportunity to photograph the world’s most expensive pair of cufflinks, and possibly the most expensive toy car model, and possibly the most expensive belt buckle at Jacob & Co’s headquarter in New York.

Currently they are for sale online exclusively at cufflinks.com

Go check them out!

Turned out to be a really interesting experience as I have to setup the studio on the spot in a conference room.  As the space is very limited we have to find creative ways about mounting the seamless paper, which we did mount to back of the office chairs..

Hit the thumbnails for more views!

07
MAY
2012

Creating cool reflections in a studio setup.

Step 1:  Find some images to print out on a letter sized paper

Step 2: Prepare the setup, stick the new printout on a black board, put your products on a piece of reflective black plexi glass.

Step 3: Shoot with controlled lighting and edit in photoshop to clear out imperfections

You are done!

17
APR
2012

Brand New Website Is Up and Running

Completely redesigned main website, still adding contents, but looking good so far.  Feel free to take a visit:

http://www.liography.com

26
MAR
2012

Superhero Cufflinks

A composition I did using a Lacie Hard Drive’s brushed aluminum top surface.
Superhero Cufflinks, Licensed and only available at cufflinks.com

14
MAR
2012

Zippo Engraving

I did a cool family crest engraving on a zippo lighter.

13
MAR
2012

TUNA – My first full suspension bike build from scratch

After about a month of efforts off work, waiting for parts, trials and errors, my very first home build Full Suspension mountain bike is born!  — Meet “TUNA”.

And the sunset was beautiful around white rock lake!

Here is a photo of Tuna when it was just a piece of frame, rusty and dirty..

08
MAR
2012

NBA Photography Experience – Dallas Mavericks vs New York Knicks

I have been lucky to be assigned my very first Pro Basketball/NBA shoot on the baseline.  And it was Dallas Mavericks vs New York Knicks on March 6th of 2012.  At first it was overwhelming not knowing where to go and what to expect, but as game progresses, it’s getting better and better and you start to know when to shoot, when to switch your telephoto for your standard for that dunk shot.  It was absolutely a wonderful experience.

Images copyright Li Fan/USA Sino News, All rights reserved.  Reproduction or publishing of these images without consent is prohibited.

02
MAR
2012

Mountain Biking

It was my first time taking my Baby Schwinn going on a real singletrack trail at Oak Cliff Nature Preserve, and it was a lot of fun.  Going to be a long way to go in terms of improving skill levels.  But I’m already starting to build my full suspension bike from scratch.  More photos to come later for sure.

 

02
MAR
2012

A cool custom engraving I did for QP

Used the MPX-90 Impact Engraver.  Photographed with 2 different reflection situations.

09
FEB
2012

Fun Project – Reviving an old Schwinn Mesa GSX Bicycle

Working on your own bicycle is more fun than you think.  With proper tools, you can do all the repair and maintenance yourself and never have to pay a bike shop $80+ for just a small tune up.

Got this Schwinn Mesa GSX a few month ago, it’s a little beatup when I first got it, wheels are untrue, brakes stuck, crankset is messed up and all the cables are worn out, apparently previous owner didn’t take care of this gem.  With a little tune up done, this bike is actually more than capable to hit any trail or road.  Revived it and set it up just in time for the Spring commute!  Total cost is about $350.  A bike with similar groupset runs easily over $1000.

09
FEB
2012

Mockup Gem

I was assigned the task of a mockup to put some gems into a skull cufflink for a customer to review, the task is simple.  extract the gem from a previous product using Pen Tool, make a new layer and match it into the eye socket of the new one.  For different colors, simply use Hue/Satiation (CMD+U) option to instantly change gem’s hue.

Here is the image of the original products I worked on:

And finished job:

26
JAN
2012

New studio setup, new possibilites.

Major upgrade in my office studio setup.  Gone are the old computer desk converted shooting table with student grade monolights, came a brand new 105mm lens, freshly installed large product shooting table, speedotron black line power pack and 3 lights, plus plenty of light modifiers that further expands our shooting capabilities.

13
JAN
2012

Efficiently utilizing limited workspace.

As a product photographer, you are often faced with the challenge of limited workspace, most often times, limited prop choices.  I was given a (really tiny!) piece of wood and to be expected to produce a 30″ print of a pair of our new style cufflinks fully blown up for the upcoming trade show.

The key is to find the right angle that utilizes most of the useable wood texture, combined with photoshop’s new powerful Content Aware Fill function, the final result came out better than expected.

 

What it looks like

 

Final result