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.

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Jewelry photography retouching: Before and After.






Based on the responses from Alex’s last post about jewelry photo session I”ve decided to post images before and after post production and 100% crop to see amount of work. Some times I had to almost completely  re-create a part of the item: it appears to be faster that to trying to restore lost finish and colors.

We made about 50 images for a talented jewelry designer Elizabeth Dupree Lynch for her Fine Jewelry collection. All jewelry was hand crafted by Italian jewelry master; therefore, retouching was not easy. It took us many hours (big thanks to my helper Anna Yenina:-) to do it.

All  “before” objects showed as-is (Camera RAW default settings) photo without focus stacking applied. First image from a sequence is what you’ll see. Images ‘after” have a  focus stacking applied.
I am going to do “focus staking in Photoshop cs5″ post next time, but for now you can check out this video how we do a focus stacking.

Some images may look overdone, (especially at 100% crop), but  this is what we were able to do considering  items’  condition (not new)   and an extreme  tight schedule for a post production.

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Diamond ring retouching.

Diamond ring retouching.

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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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Glamour portrait retouching. Before and after. Useful links.


I love retouching! I can spend hours and days working on a single photo.  Retouching for me is relaxation, inspiration, meditation, excitement, satisfaction and more:-) I can only wish I could have done it earlier in my life.
I still have to learn a lot and learn fast and deep. If you love Photoshop like I do, join me on this blog and I will share everything I learn here.

A couple days ago, I decided to practice in Hi-End portrait retouching. Our studio does not shoot people these days , so I found our friend’s Anna portrait from the last Halloween celebration:-)
Below, at the end of this post, you will find the links with tutorials and tips I used for this retouching session.

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Glamour portrait high end retouching in Photoshop

Glamour portrait high end retouching in Photoshop

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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

aDesign makeup brushes WOW! shoot and post production in photoshop: Before and After.


I am glad to start a first post in New Year with our recent creative shot for our good customer, a company called aDesign.  The assignment was to create an image for the front page of the company website, and should look WOW!

It was really fun to work on such project and play with the lighting. We did several different variations and I choose these two photos to show them here, at my blog:

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Post production in photoshop. Before and after.

Post production in photoshop. Before and after.

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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

Kids fashion photo-shoot. Whimsical Forest.

Just finished a next FUN photo-session with our little models:-) It was awesome collaboration with brilliant fashion designers Alla Koval and Francoise Lama-Solet

How it was in  reality see our behind-the-scene video below. As always, all technical aspects and full length video from this photo-session you can find on Alex Koloskov blog

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