Defying Gravity using Photoshop

Hi everyone, I hope you had a fantastic Weekend!
As for me, I’ve been playing with some glasses and food colouring, not to mention Photoshop.

As you may know, if you follow me on Social Media Websites, I have been playing with some still life.Its very rewarding and interesting as I get to understand a lot more of how lights work in different surfaces and working with some reflections it takes the learning to the next level.

So, this weekend I decided to create something a bit more dynamic!
The first step was to get some Red, Green and Blue food colouring, this way I could create an RGB image.But just photograph 3 glasses with some coloured liquid felt too simple, so I decided to play with gravity…

The setup was very simple, a small black gloss table  and a Soft box just behind it with my speedlight at 1/4 of power.
I had my camera on a tripod with a 105mm macro lens as the glasses were “Port glasses”, therefore quite small.
I shot the images at 1/150th of a second as I wanted to get the least amount of ambient light as possible at ISO 100 and F/11
So here is the first shot
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As you can see, it looks decent, but I knew I could make it more interesting…
So, I grabbed a small cardboard box and put it underneath one side of the legs of the table, this way the table had an inclination of around 30 degrees.Having the table ready I started taking some photos of individual glasses, like this…
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Now all I had to do was to take all the images to Photoshop and bring all of those images together.
Here is the final result
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In Video bellow is a tutorial on how I created the final image

 

 

All was good, but then I thought of something else.Why not create motion to the liquid?
So I got the table leveled again and asked my wife to take some shots while I was moving the glasses.
This was very tricky to get it right, but after just 2 attempts I got what I wanted, so here is the image of me moving the glasses
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The way I moved was so the glasses would be on the exact same plane of focus to ensure that they would be in focus.
Here is the final image

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Also, I created a video on how I created easily this image

I hope this post inspired you in any way and feel free to share this post and if you produce any images related to this blog post, feel free to share it with me.

Have a great week,

Miguel

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Use your Creative Cloud as a Gallery

Hi everyone, I hope you had a great week,

Today I would like to talk about Creative Cloud.
As many of you know Creative Cloud is a subscription based way that Adobe found to allow millions of people to have their latest products in a more affordable way.
When first was introduced many users weren’t happy and some, still not happy, but Creative Cloud is great!
For less than £9 you can subscribe for the so called Photography Program, with that you get Photoshop, Lightroom, Bridge and many mobile apps, for both IOS and Android that I absolute love and use very often, (but that is a chat for another day).
Also, as part of the Creative Cloud subsbriber, you get 20Gb free storage.Fair enough, these days 20Gb is not a lot, but its very useful, and when working and combining a workflow between mobile apps and desktop apps, its absolutely fantastic!
But you can do more than that, you can use it as a private gallery.All you have to do is make the link visible so the people with that link can view the images, not only that, but also comment on the images and even download.It not may seem a lot, but if you would like to share a photoshoot to a client easily and in a very professional way,I think its great.
Personally I use it for my private portfolio, the reason why is private is that I respect my clients privacy, therefore I am not publishing everything I do online, but having that as a private “Gallery” with the Creative Cloud on my phone and iPad, its easy to show future clients some of my work.
You could also use it as a link visible to all and use it as a Portfolio page, but Adobe also offers you “Adobe Portfolio”, but that, is a chat for another day 😉

Here is a video just to show you how easy it is to use Creative Cloud as I mention above.

I hope you enjoyed this Friday’s post.

Have a fantastic Weekend,

Miguel

Time Lapse in Photoshop

Hi everyone,

New Years Eve just before midnight I setup my camera and tripod to capture the New Year’s London Fireworks.

In case you wonder, my camera settings were, f/8 Iso 200 and the shutter speed was at 1 second. The camera not only ws in manual, but it was also in “mirror lockup”, to avoid any movement created by the shutter, and of course, I had a remote that was on continuos shooting, therefore just kept taking photos automaticaly without me needing to touch either the camera or the tripod.

The result as you may see on this tutorial, is lots of images, that using Photoshop I created a timelapse very easily and quickly. Well, the rendering took a while, but whilemit was rendering gave me time to have a nice cup of coffee 😀
I hope you enjoy this tutorial,

Miguel

Happy New Year

I everyone, Happy New Year!
I know I haven’t been blogging for over a year now, and I know its not cool!

Too be fair, I have been very busy, which is great, but even busy, I have been helping others!

So this year I am focused on helping others but not only in private, I will be posting a lot more here on the blog, and also posting more tutorials on my YouTube Channel.

I started working on my channel and already posted 2 tutorials this year.

Looking forward to hear your feedback and if you need some Photoshop/Lightroom tutorials, please let me know.
Best wishes to all,
Miguel

Challenge Campos Photoshop Workshop

Hi.
A couple of months ago I was challenged, and as I love a really good challenge I couldn’t refuse, but I’ll explain.Untitled_HDR2
The challenge was that attendees to my workshop would bring their own raw files and I would process them according to what I could visualize as a final result, well, it may not be much of a challenge, but I had to leave the room, where the images for mr to work were being selected, so the first time I actually saw the images was when I opened the folders, and to top all of that I had images that I had to process in 20 minutes, other images in 15 minutes and others in 10 minutes.
The point of this workshop was, so people would see how fast a Raw image can be processed and also see the advantages of shooting raw.
I went through the entire process and while processing I was explaining the tools I was using and I was answering questions at the end of every photo.

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It was a great day and I met “old” friends and made new ones, and at the end of the event I got a great feedback, which for me is very important.
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Thanks to everyone that attended, hope to see you soon

Miguel

Exploring a location

Hi everyone and Happy New Year.
This year I decided to challenge myself in a 365 project, but to make me think even harder I want to create a different theme every month, and this month I decided to do night(and a few sunsets) photography.
Sounds easy enough, but I have to think about different weather conditions, so if its raining its not great to go outside and take some photos, but I don’t give up that easily 🙂
I walk past this location many times and as you can see for yourself its not a special location…blog
At Spring at least there are a few leaves on the trees that could make a more pleasing image, however on Winter, its not the best location as you can see.
So on the 13th of January it was raining, and of course I didn’t want to “cheat”, so I went out anyway.
I had in mind this location as I could have my camera and tripod setup under a bridge, so I would be nice and dry, and so my camera equipment.I knew that there were some lights from the street on the left of the frame, also that some of the buildings on the background would have some light, so I knew that I could create a nice and pleasing image.
So as I shoot my night photos all brackets I started shooting, until…The weather got worse, but I was happy as I had enough shots to create the image I had in my mind.
And here is the final result
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So why am I telling you all of this?
Simple!
Sometimes you look at something and you don’t see the potential, so explore the location, try to visualize the opportunity of creating a nice image, even at locations that may look vulgar, you can get great results.

I hope that with this Blog post I can inspire you to look for opportunities, even if it doesn’t look like it  at first.

I also include this tutorial on how I processed the images

Have fun and Happy Shooting

Miguel

Macro Photography Tip

Hi everyone, first of all, I am sorry that I didn’t post for a while.
Before I start I would like to tell you that I am not the best Macro Photographer in the world, but I know the concept of macro photography, and hopefully this post will help you in  getting closer to your subject, therefore you will become a better macro photographer.
Now lets talk on how close you should shoot…
As you may be aware I see a lot of images online and I see people calling Macro images to images that were shot close to a small subject, so the purpose of this post is exactly to tell you how close you should shoot.
So I have a few examples to help you.
Bellow is a a few 5 pence coins and next to it my 50mm lens, so you can see the size of the coins compared to the lens.
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Well, in my opinion, even that I shot this image a bit close to my subjects, I still don’t consider this photo as a close up shot, so we need to get closer.
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As you can see I am in the right direction, as I am a bit closer, and as the coins are so small, maybe I will consider if I can call this image a Close up one, but its still just a vulgar image, with no interest at all, so lets get a bit closer.

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Wow, very cool, and now I hardly can tell that the coins are sitting in my kitchen worktop, and as I got closer I can see  more detail on the coins, therefore a more interesting image.
But can I call it “Macro”?
Of course not, as the coins don’t fill my camera’s sensor, so I call it a close up shot.
But why stop there?
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And here is another image, and as you can see I am closer.
So I am pleased that I am able to see the pattern I created with the coins, and I see more details too, but in my option,if I get closer I will get better results, so lets get closer.
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Now we are getting into Macro Photography, most people would be happy with this result, and maybe crop a bit the image to fill the frame.
But I am not “most people”, and I don’t want you to be like most people, that is why I created this post.
So lets see how close I can get.
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Getting closer…

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And here is the final image.
I got closer and closer until I achieved a more compelling image.

So from now on, think like me, when you think that you are closer, go even closer, and when you get to the stage that you think you are very, very close, go even closer.

I hope that this post will help you in any way.

Take care,

Miguel