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Playing with isolation

I just had my first taste of isolated photography, and I wanted to share just how easy it can be to try it out, even well before you attempt to produce any high quality shots.I used very few simple tools I literally had in my backpack.1. An old canon powershot 120, a small but capable camera.2. My notebook as a white background.3. Cell phones flash for extra light.4. Random bits and pieces, in my case a bullet, dice and poker chip.I was sitting on a tree(literally) when I wondered about... continue reading

How to isolate a picture in 5 minutes! (Including hair)

Hi everyone,Ok I accept that I have a little exagerration in the title but believe me or not, I isolated the image on right in 2 minutes! so this is worth to read :)Ok here we go...We are going to use:- BW dialog box or adjustment layer- layers panel- channels panel- dodge-burn tools- brush toolHere we go...- Open your image in Photoshop- First we will create a channel image.- (Assuming you are a PC user) press ctrl+J to duplicate the background layer.- Now... continue reading

Perfect High Key Images

I have put up a New Article on my Personal BlogLighting The Pixel Perfect Isolation about how to set up and control your lighting in the studio to obtain a perfect white background.It is not a light read but if you are interested in creating images such as these for stock then I think you will find the techniques and lighting chart provided useful. I would post it all here but to be honest it is a 5 pages read plus illustration and due to the limitations of image posting in the DT Blog I cant... continue reading

Finally

I finally reached over 100 uploads.After deciding to try hard for a month and spend some time in the studio, ive been slowly increasing my acceptance ratio.With this new momentum, I hope to have at least 200 more photos up by the end of the month.Maybe i'll even start seeing some sales.Isolation seems to be the key for now.Hopefully soon I'll move to more conceptual images as I pursue other areas of photography other than stock. continue reading

Isolated in Stock Language

I'm not a big fan of photographing isolated objects, but from my experience as a buyer for three years, I feel pretty qualified for writing on this subject. So here it is:"Isolated" in Microstock Language means plain, shadowless, easy to remove background. So, when you're using this word in your title, description or keywords, you must ensure that you have submitted a well-lit and good contrast subject on a plain, solid color background."Isolated" means that the... continue reading

An easy way to remove stray pixels in Photoshop

We all hate rejection.No matter how thick my skin gets I still hate getting images rejected by stock agencies. Sometimes though, it’s all for a good reason and something great comes out of the whole learning experience.Yesterday was one of those days.I’ve been trying to get a whole lot of model isolated on white images accepted at all the microstock sites this week. They were shot in studio with four lights. The background was over-exposed by enough stops to make it look white for... continue reading

How long does it take you to isolate? (Thinking after master-class)

Hi, Friends.I usually spend crazy amount of time on isolation (about 40 minutes). Yesterday I saw on youtube a master-class where the photographer said he spends on it 3 minutes only. I put down his method and tried. Same 40 minutes, but the result much worse than before. Some objects with difficult shape were absolutely impossible to isolate this way. The ugly edges remained, plus dirty background. For this reason I ask - is it me alone having this problem? How long does it take you to isolate... continue reading

The Isolations Soundtrack

Although they can be fiddly to create, many of us recognise that the return on a properly isolated image makes it worth the extra time we need to spend on our computers. While some of us have lights and backgrounds, I’m confident there are a significant number of people, myself included, who rely on an overcast day for photographing objects and who paint in a 255 background by hand.It’s a pretty time consuming business. In an effort to be helpful, I’ve come up with a few suggestions of audio... continue reading

A quickie on object isolation

A couple of quick tips:To have an object isolated fast and easy (as it can possibly be) first you need to shoot with that in mind. Use white background and get a light between your subject and the background. Just experiment until you get the background as white as possible.Now to the tips:1. Assuming you have done your best at shooting time, then you can use the dodge tool to treat the borders. It comes quite handy for the tricky edges. You can change size and hardness of the brush... continue reading

The clouds dim my inspiration.

I am stumped on what I can do in terms of photography. I have taken every possible photo of isolation I can with my cornflakes box. I have to wait until summer to actually get out side, only because my camera freezes below -1. It has been slightly warm these days but I can't get a good clean shot of nature because of the clouds. Clouds would be interesting with fog but in these parts of my city, we barely ever get fog. So for now, I am on my way to nowhere with photography. On the side note, does... continue reading

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