Splashing Beer shot: Post-production

Tonight (Wednesday 3/21/2012) at 10PM Eastern time Alex Koloskov and  Dave Nitsche will be talking about this shot as well as will discuss and critique submission form everyone who did the assignment: The Beer Shot weekly assignment.

These are the pictures I’ve used to make the splashing beer shot:
A detailed tutorial how we did it is coming soon. Check our “E-Books” section.

How to do a water splash butterfly. Post production.

Some time ago I was impressed with stunning water splash photos some photographers did. I saw flowers, birds, bulls, horses. I was curious  how they actually did it?

Now I know the answer:-)
First, you need a huge set of water splash images and second, many hours of assiduous work. And here is my water splash butterfly:

Water splash butterfly

Water splash butterfly

As you can see at my Layer palette, I did many trials, errors, experimentation. See how many layers turned off:-) But for me it’s only one way to learn – error and trial, and trial again. This what we call experience:-)

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Light brush painting. Post-production.

Recently Alex had a new post on Pixiq.com: Using light painting (lighting brush) technique in product photography. It’s not a new technique, we play with it almost 10 years ago, but I think this method is pretty spectacular and expressive.

At the same time working with a light brush is so very creative process that it’s hard to stop:-) You fill yourself  like a painter:-) Look at the video below and you will see how the final image was created, stroke by stroke.

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To create the image, in addition to the knowledge of light and the camera, you should know how to work with masks in Photoshop. I will not teach you the basics of how to work with masks, Google it and you’ll find many great tutorials. Knowing masking in Photoshop is a must for up-to-day photographer or digital artist, IMO.

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Still life retouching. Glass on black, white and grey. Before and After.



In this post I want to show the difference in visual perception of retouched and not retouched images. There is nothing special in post-production: levels, curves, healing, cloning, transforming. Just routine work and images become more clean, crisp and finished.

For some cases we should spend more time for retouching to make photos perfect. However you have to know your final goals and ability to say yourself  “Stop! It is good enough now.”:-)

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*When I say "Before" this means Camera RAW Default settings.
Alcohol drink photoshop retouching.

Alcohol drink photoshop retouching.

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Retouching water splash in photoshop. Video.

This video shows my post production process in photoshop.
This is my first video, I think water and product retouching is hard to find, and I am sure my video will be very interesting for those who do products.

Some time ago I start to record retouching process of almost every image I work on.  So more interesting post production videos to come! stay tuned:-)

Fruit splash photography: how much post-production it takes to get a perfect splash from Alex Koloskov on Vimeo.

To see before and after retouching photo, please open the entire post.
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First AKELstudio LIVE! masterclass went well. We did it!



It was not easy for Alex and me, because we are not a public people. But it was fun and gave us a great feeling that we did something useful:-) We are really enjoy every photo-session with water, because you never know exactly what will come up: every drop is unique:-) This is a very creative process with a lot of experiments.

As always, all technical aspects and full length video from the masterclass you can find on Alex Koloskov blog

Now I have some photos to share, including before and after post-production.

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Water splash photography masterclass

Water splash photography masterclass

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Restaurant menu food photography.







Wing City2City Opening Soon. Wing City2City Take-Out Restaurant Will Provide The Best Chicken Wings In The Gainesville Ga.

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Food photographer, Atlanta GA

Food photographer, Atlanta GA

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Water in still life, product and advertisement photography: Episode two

Lighting setup, technical details, behind the scene video tutorial for these photos, as always available on our photographer’s blog article:
Water in product and advertisement photography: episode two released!
Today I’ll show you my retouching work. I really enjoyed working with such vivid bright colors. I am a color person, never liked black & white or sepia:-). This is why working with these colorful photos makes me truly happy and positive for entire day.

Hope you’ll feel this energy while looking at our images:-) Have a nice day!

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Sparkling water photography. Tutorial episod 2.

Sparkling water photography. Tutorial episod 2.

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Water in still life, product and advertisement photography: Episode two (announcement)

AKELstudio is glad to announce a new upcoming tutorial, we are working on it right now. This is a second episode from our  “using water in product photography” series (the first one is here).

This time we used a carbonated water, pepper, colored lights and other ingredients:-). Enjoy a little preview, the first image form the photoset:

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Water photography tutorial announcement

The tutorial with the lighting setup and a video will be released beginning next week.

Also, one more exciting news for our readers: The next photoshoot of the “water” series we’ll be broadcasting live form our studio!

The live stream will be available on Hi-def format (720p), accessible from any browser and even from smartphones: we’ll be using USTREAM service for the broadcast, there is a viewer available for both iPhone and Droid market.
Chat will be opened for all registered users: our photographer Alex Koloskov will be glad to answer all your questions real time.

Details will be available later, stay tuned!

Water splash photography and post-production for products advertisement.

If you like to know the shooting details, please take a look our photographer’s blog post:  Water in still life and advertisement photography: Episode one

Here I’ll show you the final images and a little example of post production that was done. Photography with a water usually requires many hours of retouching because of dust (hard to get clear water, if you work on top of the surface right?), air bubbles, wire and fishing line for holding the product.

water-advertising-photography

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