Shooting a Cosmic Killing Machine

About this tutorial

It’s always great to get the opportunity to work with another artist – while I might not be so keen on shooting copies of artwork, shooting art glass is another matter! Jeff Burnette’s mid century blown glass ray guns have fantastic shapes and colours in the glass, which makes shooting them a very enjoyable challenge. I had a pretty clear idea how I wanted to shoot the ray gun as soon as I saw it, and I knew from the outset the the piece would need to be shot as a composite in order to get the results I was looking for.

Topics covered in this tutorial:
  • The challenges to shooting glass.
  • Showing form on glass and controlling the shape of specular highlights.
  • Planning your lighting for complex composite images.
  • Blending multiple light qualities into a single image.
  • Back lighting glass to bring out its colour.
  • Building the composite in Photoshop.
  • Creating backgrounds from scratch in Photoshop.
  • Using blend modes in Photoshop.
  • Using the Liquify filter in Photoshop.
All images, video and written content of this tutorial © Greg Blue Photography. Images, video and written content may not be used, copied or republished in any way without the express written permission of Greg Blue Photography.


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