From Basement to Brilliant

Okay, brilliant is a bit much but today I am posting a simple tutorial on how I created the studio shots of the Canon 50D and D3 for my post the other day.  All of the images were shot in my basement, which is about as far from a studio as you can get.  My lighting setup consisted of a white piece of paper on a box, a white sheet for a backdrop, one Nikon SB-600 fired though a Westcott diffusion panel to the right of the camera, and another SB-600 with the small dome diffuser to the left of the camera.  I fired them wirelessly from the camera with the pop-up flash set to commander mode.  As you can see below, My results were less than impressive.  The good thing is that the light looked great on the camera and that’s all I needed to bring it in to Photoshop and finish the shot.

Raw image of product

Raw image of product

Here is the final shot after I processed it in Lightroom and Photoshop.  I did use one plug-in for the process, Vertus Fluid Mask 3.  This is a fantastic product for making selections of complex subjects to separate them from the background.  This wasn’t a complicated subject but it did cut down on my work time as you will see in the tutorial.  That being said, there is no reason that you couldn’t do the same thing with the selection tools for this particular image (but I’m all about getting things done so I used the Fluid Mask).  After just a few steps in Photoshop, I ended up with the image you see below.  Not bad for a basement shot.

The Post-Processed Studio Shot

The Post-Processed Studio Shot

To see the entire process, check out the video.

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