Luxury Photography

Sharing some of the photography shots I did for Cashmax Jewelry website. The effects and backgrounds are post edited in photoshop. Like I mentioned before, I’m not a professional photographer, and has always been exploring new ways and techniques in shooting these items. Anyone with good tips and techniques in shooting luxury items like watch and jewelry please share them with me. Thanks in advance:)

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Wine Photography and Page Design.

Had another opportunity to do a commissioned photography related project. This time is shooting wine bottles. My usual shooting set up is mainly for small items like watches and jewellery. Therefore, when it comes to wine bottle, it is consider ‘big’ item to me. Due to the space constrain in my office, I ‘m unable to move the lighting further away from the shooting table, and this resulted in some ‘hard’ highlight on the bottles. As a result, post editing was required to ‘clean up’ all the bottles.

Page design and layout for this project was also done by me.

Wine bottle Photography and page design layout

Wine bottle Photography and page design layout

Wine bottle Photography and page design layout

Wine bottle Photography and page design layout

Wine bottle Photography and page design layout

Wine bottle Photography and page design layout

Wine bottle Photography and page design layout

DIY – Creating Fancy Bokeh.

Bokeh is an adaptation from a Japanese word meaning blur. In photography, bokeh is the blur, or the aesthetic quality of the blur, in out-of-focus areas of an image, or “the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light”.

In this post, I’m going to share with you a simple and fun way to create your own fanciful bokeh disk. As you know, a large aperture will give you some nice bokeh. Therefore the first thing you need to have is a large aperture lens. You don’t have to get a really expensive lens though, just a normal 50mm f1.8 lens will give you wonderful result.

Materials you will need:

  • a sheet of black paper
  • compass cutter
  • scissors
  • pencil
  • cutter

First you will need to know the filter size of your lens (taking my 50mm lens as an example, the filter size is 52mm), then use the compass cutter to cut out a circle with a size slightly smaller than that. Next, cut out your desired shape in the middle of the disk. With this done, you are now ready to try them out:) (Tips: for more fanciful shapes, you can try using a craft puncher.)

This is how you will place the disk on your lens:

Some test shots:

From left: first shot without using any bokeh disk, second shot with star shaped disk and third with a heart shaped one.

Test shots with object in the foreground:

Ps* Please take note that when using the bokeh disk, the exposure value will drop a few stops. So don’t forget to adjust the shutter speed according or pushing up the ISO. Also please forgive my shaky hands in these sample shots.:P

Finally, here are 2 more shots where I put this technique into action….

Old Photos New Look.

10 more days and we will say good-bye to 2009.  The reason for this post is because I do not wish to end my December without a single post…. hahaha. Therefore, I going to ‘cheat’ a little. I’m going to use some old photos taken same where this year and add some spice to give it a ‘New Look’. This way, at least I have something ‘new’ to post..:P

I removed the color of the background in this photo, so that more focus and attention will be on Xavier’s expression.

Black and white version. I added some texture to the background.

For this… I try to create a more vintage look by desaturating the color and adding texture to it.

The black and white version.

I like this shot a lot, as I find the kite in the sky was a good ‘catch’. It really makes the composition of this photo looks great:)

The following 2 shots are good friends of Shermayne and Xavier. Introducing…. Justin and Joelle!!! They are also my usual ‘model’ during the weekends when they meet up to play.

I personally like this photo of Justin a lot. It would be perfect if I could move a step backward to get a better focus on him…. Hope for better luck next time:P

For Joelle’s photo, I really love the angle of this shot. I cropped a little off the left and added texture to it as well:)

Chinese Temple.

I had my ‘1 hour of free time‘ again, so it’s time for some leisure walk about and photos taking. It was my first time walking into a temple with a camera and I am not sure if they allow photography. Anyway, I did not see any sign that says ‘No Photography’, so I think I am safe:) It was a Saturday afternoon and surprisingly, there weren’t many people around except for a few tourists. Ha… it was a perfect opportunity for me as I try to ‘blend in’ and act as if I’m one of them and happily snapping away. Still I don’t feel too comfortable being alone, so after taking a few shots, I decided to leave.

Here are 3 pictures to share…

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I also did another one in black and white version.

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Shermayne and Xavier Part 2.

Sharing another 2 random snapshots of Shermayne and Xavier. These 2 photos were actually taken somewhere in Sept last year. Sometime looking at photos make you realise how fast kids can ‘grow’ and how merciless time can be…. haha. Please pardon my ‘back dated’ photos post. I need more time to go through all the photos in my hard drive and choose the photos I like best before I post it here.

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