Products, Real Estate, Food Photography and More
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.

 

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!

 

14
MAR
2012

Zippo Engraving

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

02
MAR
2012

A cool custom engraving I did for QP

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

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

07
DEC
2011

Playing with Letters

My co-worker Sarah just recently got engaged, and she is in need of a cool post card to mail out.  We saw a similar scramble ideal on the internet, improvised it, and turned it into our own work, using our scramble cufflinks and her own engagement ring.  it turned out to be pretty darn cool.

Next, I photographed and arranged our letter cufflinks for our upcoming 2012 catalog.

 

12
AUG
2011

Suit Hanger

Shot another product for Q Custom Clothier,  while trying to keep it simple, I also wanted to provide viewers with a more contemporary view angle and some closeup on the details of this fine suit hanger.



01
AUG
2011

Bear and Bull Cufflinks

Photographed on a nice Dunhill wooden cufflink case.

15
DEC
2010

Guilty Pleasure – Sprinklers Cupcakes

Photographed these out of 12 pack we got for boss’s birthday before they were all gone!  And sorry about the last one… I chugged on it before realized I should probably take some photos of these beautiful cupcakes to share with ya.

And here is the link to Sprinklers’ Website

16
NOV
2010

Interesting design


Cufflinks designed by Thora Walton, love them.

20
OCT
2010

iPhone 4

I took some photos of my iPhone 4 just for fun.  Excellent design, except the antenna issue.


20
AUG
2010

Back in the days.

These were taken in 2006, either for self improvement or for school projects.

Sash the designer – www.mombartz.com

Forest under infrared film.

Apples

Random location near Lewisville lake under infrared film.

09
MAY
2009

Fish Fish Fish

Caviar (fish roe) served

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