TimKou
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DirkC June 24, 2016
great shot, congratz on your win!
TimKou June 30, 2016
Thank you!
 
PTG1488 August 23, 2016
Nice composition & very crisp & sharp...A very well done photograph. Excellent work !
 
gogosviewbug October 06, 2016
Top Capture - I'm off for a Jack Daniels now :)
PRO+
 
Eduardbetz January 02, 2018
Nicely styled and photographed - cheers !
TimKou January 25, 2018
Thanks, Eduard!
 
ninayakar March 14, 2018
LIKE IT????
TimKou April 09, 2018
Yes, I do!

Jack Daniel's Single Barrel Whiskey



This image was shot in studio for a tutorial featured on www.Photigy.com.

Taken with a Nikon D800 body on a Horseman LD view system; Rodenstock 90m...
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This image was shot in studio for a tutorial featured on www.Photigy.com.

Taken with a Nikon D800 body on a Horseman LD view system; Rodenstock 90mm f-6.8 Grandagon-n Lens.
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Contest Finalist in Letters And Words Photo Contest
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Behind The Lens

Location
This image was taken at my company, Imagineering Studios, Inc. in Arlington Heights.
Time
It took close to 4 hours from developing the concept to the final post-processed shot.
Lighting
This is a 5 light setup. It was taken with a few different exposures and composited together in Photoshop.
Equipment
I used primarily studio strobes, and I had my camera mounted on a Foba 8' Camera Stand. I shot in on a Nikon D800 body attached to a Horseman LD technical system for DSLR. The focal length was 90mm, and I used a fixed focal length Rodenstock lens. Everything was photographed at room temperature, so I needed acrylic ice cubes (from Trengove Studios) and artificial snow.
Inspiration
I shot it as a tutorial for a holiday themed challenge on Photigy.com. The idea was to give the feeling of a festive drink, or an ad shot for the holiday season.
Editing
The image was taken with a few different exposures. I used basic masking and brushing methods to retouch the image to it's final polished state. The Photoshop healing brush is a key tool to any retoucher's arsenal. The secret is: take the time to pay attention to detail.
In my camera bag
I have a fully equipped studio, so it's hard to boil down to what I "normally" use. For product photography, I typically shoot with my Nikon D800 camera with a few pocket wizards to trigger my flashes. My lighting is mostly Paul C. Buff Einsteins and Calumet (Bowens) lighting. I use strip boxes most of the time for light modification, but I'll also use square soft boxes and beauty dishes. I also modify with a Bowens Fresnel 2000.
Feedback
The best way to learn this kind of photography is to immerse yourself in the world of ad photography. Don't just look at photos. Try to break them down. Pay attention to reflections, highlights and shadows. If you can't shoot it in one exposure, don't be afraid to use tools like Photoshop to realize your final concept. Also, be creative with your props. Themed images always present opportunities to spice up the image with peripheral props. Don't overdo it, though. The props should increase the focus of the image on the product itself, and should enhance the overall feel of the image. A prop that draws too much attention to itself has failed its purpose.

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