In the above video from Phlearn, we learn how to use advanced color tools in Photoshop. Aaron Nace walks through a unique set of tools in the Adobe Color Themes that allow you to choose complementary colors easily.
Shooting on a black background can create a great, contrasty image. Shooting a black product on a black background, however, can be tough to get right in camera.
This video from Karl Taylor and Broncolor shows us how to properly rim-light a product to create separation from a black background. The video goes on to show how to light from different angles to create or cancel reflections, as well as how to bring in LED lights from a product by extending an exposure time.
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Here’s another great lighting setup and walk-through from Karl Taylor as he shoots a bottle and glass of red wine.
He starts with setting up the scene to create warm tones and textures. Then he walks through the lighting setup from the background and accent lights up to the key light as he builds the scene.
Obviously, he’s using Broncolor strobes in the setup but the principles apply across the board with cheaper speedlights and strobes as well.
While he demos the Profoto kit, the same rules apply to smaller speedlight kits and other TTL monolights and flash heads. With purely manual flash communication, however, you are limited to the sync speed of your camera (often around 1/200s) and won’t be able to freeze that motion.
In this short video, Gary Fong takes a look at full frame, APS-C and 1.0-type cameras to see how the depth of field is affected at the same effective focal lengths.
The challenge, of course, is that you must change the actual focal length of your lens to accommodate the same field of view on cameras with different sensor sizes. Invariably, this changes the depth of field so that the camera with the smaller sensor appears to have a much greater depth of field, while the full frame camera has a much shallower depth of field.
Gary’s demo is a nice practical demonstration of how these different camera sensors provide different images when shooting the same scene from the same position.