Another of my photo is been featured on Uncrate.com
The first one on there of course is the million dollar cufflinks by Jacob and Co
I saw those catfish swimming in the display window in an Asian market. Definitely an interesting perspective.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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!
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.
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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.
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.
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:
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.
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