Before and after photo of our upcoming ebook.

We are working on our upcoming ebook (another ebook and video from latest masterclass will be available next week), and here I would like to show you the progress. It is not a regular “before and after” image, as before is not a one image, but a  picture that showing what you can get from a set of the images using Photoshop and creativity.

Now we (Alex and I) have a good grounding in techniques, so this is time for us become more creative. We will experiment with new devices, techniques, objects. Hope it will be very interesting time.
Before and After

jewelry photography, post-production and retouching

New ebook about how we made this photo will be ready very soon.

Thank you for looking. Any feedback and suggestions are very welcome!
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How to do Focus Stacking in Photoshop CS5. Jewelry photography post production.

I noticed a big interest to the focus stacking topic. I will explain a post production part in Photoshop CS5 more detailed. You can read and see the video of a shooting part on Alex’s blog Focus stacking technique using Adobe Photoshop CS5

So, we have a sequence of images: 5, 8, 12. I mean, as many as we need.  I have 11 images.

Step 1.

Select the sequence of the photos in Bridge CS5:

Images selection for focus stacking

Images selection for focus stacking

Step 2.

Continue reading How to do Focus Stacking in Photoshop CS5. Jewelry photography post production.

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:-)

Continue reading How to do a water splash butterfly. Post production.

Product photography behind the scene video: Post production part.

A recorded LIVE broadcast from the product photography masterclass you can find at Alex’s blog. Here is a post production part with some explanations what I did. Hope you will find it interesting:-)

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Product photography retouching, video.

Product photography retouching, video.

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Genia

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.
Continue reading Retouching water splash in photoshop. Video.

How to shoot watches like a pro: new AKELstudio LIVE Masterclass announced!

This is the announcement of our next LIVE Masterclass. More details please find at Alex Koloskov’s blog.

LIVE Masterclass will be completely free, but recorded video will cost $49. Video will include bonus; a retouching  for the watch.

Below is the image before and after post-production. Similar photo we will do on our Masterclass.

Join us  Sunday 24 of October 2010, 4PM Eastern time. The link to LIVE broadcast is on AKELstudio main page, top menu: AKELstudio LIVE! You have to have an account to get there, member login is on top of the page.

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AKELstudio product photography, watch lesson masterclass

AKELstudio product photography, watch lesson masterclass

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

Continue reading First AKELstudio LIVE! masterclass went well. We did it!

Our twins go to school, so I am back to blogging:-)

We had a very busy month: a lot of assignment work, LIVE masterclass and preparation for our girls first school, Montessori. Eventually we got everyone ready, washed and potty-trained, and Monday was a first day of school for our girls and some sort of beginning of a new life for us:-)

Now I will have more time to describe  photo-sessions we do and (my favorite:-) to upload more photos including “before and after” on this blog.

Here, at AKELstudio we have so many plans and ideas:
We are going to change our stock web site www.akelphoto.com to specializing only in water stock photography. We want to re-design our Portfolio and run our LIVE  masterclasses to a regular basis.

Also I will fill up my inspirational and motivational collection (www.kapreez.com) with best photographers, designers, retouchers and readings.

Now photos of our first school day:

Editorial photography. Alex Koloskov

Editorial photography. Alex Koloskov

Continue reading Our twins go to school, so I am back to blogging:-)

Water photography webinar-masterclass (LIVE!) is scheduled for Saturday, 7th August at 5PM Eastern time.

AKELstudio glad to announce a date for our first LIVE webinar-masterclass: Saturday, 7th August at 5PM Eastern time.

We’ll be doing our water photography third tutorial, creating photos similar you see below. The lesson will take about an hour, plus some additional time when I can answer your questions.

Water photography master class

Water photography master class

The registration is completely free and one click simple, HERE.  After registration, click on ‘AKELstudio LIVE’ link on top right menu, you’ll see the video preview; check how it works on your browser if you do not want any surprises when we’ll be LIVE.

For all who registered I’ll send a notification with the next photoshoot date/time.

Let me know if you have any suggestions on how to run it most efficient way: we all open for new ideas.

~Alex Koloskov

RetouchPRO LIVE webinar with Steve Koshlap

Yesterday I attended RetouchPRO LIVE webinar with Steve Koshlap. Steve is a professional jewelry and beauty retoucher. He demonstrated the diamond and jewelry retouch from start to finish using Photoshop. The information was really useful. Looking forward to see his other webinars.

Exactly in this time Alex was shooting a jewelry:-) And now I can use my new knowledge for this retouching. I’ll show you the result in couple months because now it is a confidential information.

Stay in touch!