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About this tutorial

Rubber Band Atlas is just one of those quirky image that seem to come out of left field. The image could be considered an illustrative, or conceptual still life, but there is no specific concept behind the image. This is the case with a lot of my work, where the image appears to tell a story, but there is really no story to be told. I think it comes partly from my background with shooting stock photography, where I would try to create images that were vague enough in their meaning that they could be used in a greater variety of ways. The image also comes in part from my background in shooting for advertising, as I still love the quirky humour often used in advertising.

Topics covered in this tutorial:
  • Experimenting with light modifiers to shape your lighting.
  • Using scrims to create light fall-off in your specular highlights.
  • Back lighting paper backgrounds.
  • Comparative ratios to determine background tones.
  • Controlling light fall-off on backgrounds.
  • Lighting to exaggerate form.
  • Working with snoots.
  • Using Alpha Channels in Photoshop to separate and composite image elements.
  • Creating the illusion of depth and space on very small sets.
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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