Studio Lighting workshops Fraser Valley

Shooting Still Object Techniques

Shooting Still Object Techniques

How to shoot still objects at home.

Photo Tip Friday April 25, 2014

So you want to shoot still objects, such as jewelry, art pieces, statues or some other products, and naturally want to make the best possible photos.

Do you need special equipment to shoot this project?
As a matter of fact tools and equipment are there to help us finish our job faster and easier, but more importantly are the techniques. In this tutorial I am going to show you how to use simple household equipment to shoot still objects. Of course if you have a bigger project you can always rely on our rental equipment and rent the tools to make the shoot much easier.

For this article I am going to use a Nikon DSLR camera, Nikon AF 50mm f1.4 lens, a tripod, a regular flashlight, and this statue.

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Shooting still objects with Light Painting Technique

First things first, we are going to use the flashlight as our source of light. So get ready by turning off all the lights, turn on your flashlight, and use a grey card to make a custom White Balance for this light. I set the statue on a table and my camera on a tripod. I composed the image the way I want, pre-focused the lens and set the camera to Manual Focus to keep the focus locked.

Now the fun begins! I set my camera to BULB mode, ISO 200, f11, attached a shutter release (or set the wireless shutter trigger), turned off the light, turned on my flash light, released the shutter and started to paint the statue with flash light. I started at the top and moved downward for 10 seconds. Here is the result:

Light painting for 10 seconds

Light painting for 10 seconds

Not bad, but I wanted to be more creative and started to play with different angles and even shining the flash light from behind the statue to the front to create a new dimension.

More creative light painting to add more depth

More creative light painting to add more depth

Then I changed the background to white as I want to make some High key images with dramatic shadows, so I painted light only on one side of the subject. It looks just like there was a sun beam hitting the statue!

Changing Background

Changing Background

Changing Background and light direction

Changing Background and light direction

Then I wanted to try another subject and I chose my coffee mug:

Painting light from above to  the sides

Painting light from above to the sides

The possibilities are endless and you can have lots of fun taking photos of items around your house as you experiment and learn more about creative lighting.

If these experiments generate interest to learn even more, we are going to have a Studio Product Shooting Workshop. Be sure to check out the course description for more info.

Ted and the Omnilargess Team
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Model photography workshop Fraser Valley

Model photography workshop Fraser Valley

Try new techniques and up to date skills in Model photography 

On October 26, 2013 we hosted a Model photography workshop at Omnilargess Photography Classes office. David and I set up the studio in the morning and made everything ready for the arrival of students, makeup artist and model.

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Setting up studio for model photography

 

It was a fun-filled four hours of taking photos and learning new tips and skills. As you can see in the photos, everyone enjoyed the model photography workshop!

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Joji the makeup artist and Kyra our model

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Model photography is fun and challenging

 

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In model photography lighting is the key for success

 

I think model photography is getting a bigger market share nowadays. There is an increasing demand for model photos or model style images.

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David Falk shared some of his personal experiences with our students about finding a model, etiquette, set up, workflow and marketing. It was very interesting to have a pro model photographer explain some valuable knowledge and insights. I want to thank David Falk for his hard work and priceless tips. I also want to thank Kyra Tomko, our beautiful model and Joji Dhillon the makeup artist for their wonderful job. And a big thanks to all of our students whose support made this Model Photography workshop very successful!

If you missed this model photography workshop, we are going to have another Model Photography workshop again on March 6 and 8, 2014. Enjoy the highlights and be sure to register for this wonderful class.

Ted and the Omnilargess Team

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New Studio Lighting Workshop Fraser Valley

Studio Lighting Workshop

Do you have plans to have your own studio? Are you considering starting a new photography business and not sure about the studio and lighting requirements? Do you think setting up a studio can be difficult and/or expensive? Or perhaps you want to take professional photos of your products and use your own artistic touch for a better result.

These are a few reasons to enroll in our Studio and Lighting classes. We developed this series of workshops to address these questions and more.

Studio Lighting Workshops Fraser Valley

Studio Lighting Workshops Fraser Valley

Introduction to Studio Photography

This class is an introduction to studio lighting equipment and modifiers. We’ll cover terminology, safety, and uses of strobes, flashes, triggers, etc. in the first part of the class. In the second part of this workshop you will set up a studio and the instructor will guide you through some common set ups. This workshop will give you confidence to “build” a studio environment anywhere you need one!

Prerequisites: None

Duration: Two hours

Tuition fee: $40

One Light Studio set-up

Whether you are using one flash or one strobe, this workshop explores how to take the advantage of your light system by setting it right, use of modifiers such as reflector, gobo, etc. and how to create outstanding light effect in your photos.

In the first part of this class we cover different popular lighting plans and in the second part you will use our studio set-up and a model to take pictures.

Prerequisites: Introduction to Studio Photography and basic knowledge of your camera settings.

Duration: Four hours

Tuition fee: $100

 

Two Light Studio set-up

The Two Light System is the most popular set up. There are many different combinations that you can use. In the first part of this workshop you will learn about key light, fill light, and how they work together to create spectacular results from dramatic light to soft light and everywhere between! The second part of this class is hands-on and you will use our studio and model/s to explore the many possibilities of two light set-ups.

Prerequisites: Introduction to Studio Photography and basic knowledge of your camera settings.

Duration: Four hours

Tuition fee: $100

 

Posing for head shots

There are certain rules for classic feminine, masculine, and business head shots. We’ll cover these rules and also discuss how you can break/modify the rules to develop your own style of photography. In the first part of this class you will learn the rules and guidelines with samples and examples. In the second part of this workshop you will work with models to put the theories into practice and take your own photos as future reference for the principles of posing head shots.

Prerequisites: Introduction to Studio Photography and basic knowledge of your camera settings.

Duration: Four hours

Tuition fee: $100

 

Product Shots in studio

Taking pictures of objects is very different from taking photos of people; both lighting and use of shadow are poles apart. Regardless if you take pictures of small objects such as jewelry or big items, you need to know how to create the third dimension. This class will closely explore taking photos of objects in a studio. It is completely hands on. Your instructor will guide you on how to set the light to create dynamic, compelling images.

Prerequisites: Introduction to Studio Photography and basic knowledge of your camera settings.

Duration: Three hours

Tuition fee: $80

 

Save big with Bundle Package:

Enroll in all five classes and the total tuition fees are $380.

You can register for all five Studio and Lighting classes as a Bundle and save big!

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