CREATIVE PRODUCT PHOTOGRAPHY – Video tutorial – part two

In the second part of this video tutorial, we’ll take a look at how the final creative product photo can be composited from the assets I have captured.

In the first part I showed you how I took individual photos needed to create advertising / product photo composite. In the second part I have moved from the studio back to the office and the whole process will take place in the Photoshop.

I will start with what I ended up in the previous part -  retouching and masking the products themselves. After RAW conversion, I first used the pen tool to mask out / cut out the products from the background. Then I got rid of all unwanted glare, dust particles and everything that could spoil the impression of a nice clean product photo. For this I used Frequency Separation 2.0 technique.

In the next part of the video tutorial, I started working on the compositing itself. I had enough assets to work with, just picked the right ones, did the RAW conversion with Adobe Camera Raw, and started playing in Photoshop. After the initial boring part where I retouched and masked the products, this part is just pure fun.

First I started choosing a photo of the products themselves. It supposed to serve as a guide layer in my next work.

Right after that I made my composite backdrop focusing on a nice water surface and bubbles. The bottles themselves have not been of interest to me yet.

I have inserted retouched product photos in to the prepared backdrop -  picture no. 2. In order to make the composite as realistic as possible, I had to adjust the fluid level in both bottles to be horizontal.

In order to get the right effect I had to cover some parts of the product with bubbles - I use masking techniques to do this. In this case, I created masks with bubbles using channels. I was looking for the channel with the highest contrast between bubbles and background.

Using the Frequency separation 2.0 technique I added the missing background and also cleaned and unified the whole photo. I added some bubbles and the whole process of photo compositing was done.

The last part of my work remained in front of me and I like it most of all. Color toning, highlighting individual parts of a visual, pulling out details of a water surface, darkening irrelevant portions of a photo, and brightening what's important. First, I used non-destructive methods using adjustment layers such as curves or ColorLookup table. Finally, I used the proven Nik Color effect pro and Exposure 5 plug-ins.

Watch all the above steps and edits in the video. If you are interested in something and would like to know more, or if you did not understand something and need to explain - feel free to contact me. I would like to meet you at one of my workshops. If you prefer a more individual approach, I can prepare a private photoshop or photo session to suit your requirements.

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