Posts Tagged ‘D4’

How to Use Backlight to Photograph Glassware

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Product Photography

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©Taka Kawachi

The awesome photography site Popular Photography has an ongoing article series called How To, in which photographers are interviewed about the different lighting techniques they use to achieve different effects.

The latest article highlights an ambitious shoot done by New York-based product photographer Taka Kawachi and how he used backlight to photograph glassware for a department store chain.

“For two solid weeks in 2012, Taka Kawachi, a product specialist who works out of a studio in Nyack, NY, shot nothing but glassware for a major department store chain,” writes Peter Kolonia. “Juice, highball, and shot glasses, tumblers, stemware of every size and shape, and, yes, pilsner glasses and beer mugs. If he wasn’t a master of lighting glass at the project’s outset, he certainly was by its end.”

Head over to the Popular Photography site for the full story.

Tarick Foteh Highlights Design Driven Wakeboard Boats

Written by M. Gertz on . Posted in Commercial Photography

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© Tarick Foteh

© Tarick Foteh

Tigé Boats describes themselves as a design-driven boat company who couples innovative technology to bold shapes and colors to create a high end product. They came to photographer Tarick Foteh looking for some images that would highlight their boats’ unique qualities in a clean, spotless, high-shine style, reminiscent of automotive photography.

Tarick knew that this style would require “extra care in light modification and control,” to say the least, and shipping the boats to a studio that could accommodate them was out of the question and out of the budget. Instead of running away screaming, Tarick rose to the task, traveling to the factory where the boats are made and deciding to build his studio right there on site. Read More

Peter Belanger: Complicated Shoots for Hi-Tech Products

Written by M. Gertz on . Posted in Product Photography

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It’s no secret that product photography is a highly specialized field that requires a lot of technical knowledge, both for the shoot itself and for the post production. Hi-tech products, with their highly reflective surfaces and subtle textures, provide additional challenges. Watch, in the timelapse video above, as Peter Belanger tackles a shoot for the cover of Macworld.

© Peter Belanger

© Peter Belanger

Although his subject, the iPhone 3GS is small, Peter uses up to 9 Acute/D4 Heads at once with both grids and reflectors, more than plenty of photographers would use to light a whole person! A 3 D4 packs provide power to the sea of c-stands and strobes.

This shoot is from 2009, but Peter is still going strong and perfecting his craft. To learn more about his process and the the thinking behind his work, check out an interview he did over on The Verge. See more of his work at


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Katie Thompson’s Shattered Mirror Portraits

Written by M. Gertz on . Posted in Portrait Photography

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Mirrors | © 2012 Katie Thompson

Katie Thompson is a fashion and portrait photographer working between Chicago, Illinois and Rochester, New York. Her photography is whimsical, imaginative, sometimes darkly humorous, and always beautifully lit. Here, she shares some beauty shots, with a reflective twist.

This shot was done as part of a series of images I’ve been doing that use mirrors and reflections. I’ve always been interested in the idea of self-perception and body image, so I’ve been experimenting with different ways of visually showing that concept. In these images I wanted to show a distorted perception so I took a more minimalistic approach and used carefully placed mirrors to reflect the woman’s face. I’m really interested in fashion and beauty photography so I wanted to create something that was still beautiful but had at least the hint of a darker undertone. Read More

Angelo Antelmi’s Kitchen Odyssey

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Product Photography

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Conception | ©Angelo Antelmi

Last year, Italian photographer Angelo Antelmi impressed us all by making a fork dance by simply using lighting in clever way. Now, Angelo is back and this time the fork not only dances. It plays football, it kisses, it gets married, it ages and eventually it dies. It is a much more complex story, but Angelo’s way of telling it is as simple and straightforward as ever.

“A writer I interviewed when I was working as a journalist explained to me that the only difference between a good and a bad writer is a slight difference in sensitivity,” says Angelo. “That was when I realized that I wanted to tell my stories through pictures.”

What is this particular story about?

“These images are all part of a family album. Together they form a minimalist story of life and death and rebirth. The first image shows spermatozoon teaspoons hurtling towards the ovum. The second image shows the infant being rocked in its mother’s arms. The third image shows small children playing football. Then follows adolescence. At first, the male knives are separated from the dancing female forks. But eventually they meet on a rainy night. Love explodes with passion and develops into a solid bond. Together they traverse the good and bad times of adult life and address old age with dignity. Finally, beyond the end, they find themselves together again, reunited with their childhood and ready to start a new life cycle.” Read More