Product Photography: Toxicity

Toxic bottles, liquid photography

Found within a friend’s basement, these bottles were too characteristic and entirely toxic to pass up.  Setting up in an open-air carport settled the minimum level of fumes and maximum amount of ventilation.

Location: CK Studios

Camera/Lens Specifics: Canon 5D Mark III with Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens

100mm, 1/25 sec at ƒ/16, ISO 100, tripod.

Post: LR4 & Adobe PS6

Cameron Karsten Photography

Product Photography: The Squirting Milk Bottle

liquid product photography

From my last studio shoot, left over was a classic-looking baby bottle.  So before I found another home for it, or fulfilled it’s recycled destiny, I wanted to shoot it as a product spewing milk.  Viola.

Location: SCCA Studios

Camera/Lens Specifics: Canon 5D Mark III with Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens

100mm, 1/200 sec at ƒ/10, ISO 100, tripod.

Post: Capture One & Adobe PS6

Cameron Karsten Photography

Photo Essay: Catalog Spreads

After weeks and months of design, storyboarding, preproduction, shooting and post, the following seven catalog spreads are finally complete.

Bee vs. Bee-keeper: Above is a shot of a Northwest bee-keeper harvesting the season’s honey, while to the right a bee flies, stinger ready, protecting the colonies winter surpluses.

Foote Board:  Inside his mobile shaping room, PNW surfboard shaper Kelly Foote sands down a new design.

Carlson’s Imagination:  Internationally-renowned glass artist Robert Carlson prepares the next phase of his creative process, applying paint to the artforms.

Prince Rolex:  An early 20th century Rolex watch worn in style.

DDT Apocalypse:  DDT, a pesticide banned in the US, explodes with devastating consequences.

Lang Tattoos:  Woodblock print artist Tracy Lang transforms her career as a tattoo artist.

Kelly Foote Surfboards:  A new design, a new board, more waves.

 

Photo of the Day: Strive

Location: SCCA Studios & CK Studios

Camera/Lens Specifics: Canon 5D Mark III with Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens

composite w/variety of settings, ISO 100, tripod.

Post: Adobe LR4 & PS6

Photo of the Day: DeWalt Metal Grinder

DeWalt metal grinder with sparks

Location: SCCA Studios and CK Studios

Camera/Lens Specifics: Canon 5D Mark III with Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens

composite w/variety of settings, ISO 100, tripod.

Post: Adobe LR4 & PS5

Seattle Central Creative Academy: Photography Assignment (Wedding Poses)

Location: Cal Anderson Park, Seattle, WA

Model: Various

Camera/Lens Specifics: Canon 5D Mark II with Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 USM Lens

variety of settings, ISO 100, handheld.

Post: Adobe LR4 & PS5

For more weddings and portraits by Cameron Karsten Photography please visit: CK Weddings

Seattle Central Creative Academy: Photography Assignment (Dusk Strobes)

Matt Kuntz at home on Bainbridge Island, WA, working on his Mustang during sunset.

Location: Bainbridge Island, WA

Model: Matt Kuntz

Camera/Lens Specifics: Canon 5D Mark III with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Zoom Lens

composite w/variety of settings, ISO 100, tripod.

Post: Adobe LR4 & PS5

Seattle Central Creative Academy: Photography Assignment (Glamour Narrative)

Three shots in three separate scenes, telling the same story within a narrative series.  It tells the tale of a model of three eras of fashion: the 60s, 80s and modern.  As a model, she’s on the journey of her career.  Although she has it all – the beauty, the clothes, the style and money – she finds herself at a crossroads seeking more, but is subsequently slipping into a lifestyle she’s becoming all-too familiar with.

Location: Bainbridge Island, WA

Model: Morgan Terry

Stylist: LK

Camera/Lens Specifics: Canon 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Telephoto Lens

variety of settings, ISO 100, tripod mount.

Post: Adobe LR3 & PS5

Seattle Central Creative Academy: Photography Assignment (Fill Light)

Tobacco-smoked meat; it’s what’s for dinner.  This is my “still-life food” shot for an anti-smoking advertisement.  Originally I sought to make the meat look like a heart hooked and strung-up over a smoking ashtray, but the meat just looks like meat.  Next time, I’ll get a realistic-looking heart and blacken it a little more to show the ill-fated effects of smoking cigarettes.

Window light was the light source to camera left and an off-camera Canon 580EX II Speedlite bouncing off a silver reflector was the fill at camera right.

Location: CK Studio, Bainbridge Island, WA

Camera/Lens Specifics: Canon 5D Mark II with Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens

100mm, 1/10 sec at ƒ/6.3, ISO 100, tripod mount.

Post: Adobe LR3 & PS5

Seattle Central Creative Academy: Photography Assignment (Stop Motion)

There were numerous things that went wrong with this shoot, which I did not become aware of until after during the hours upon hours of editing.  To say it before I present to you these pieces: I don’t like them.  In fact, I loathe them.  Then why this post, you might ask?

First off, it is a visual record.  Having rediscovered my love of fire, unleashing the pyromaniac youth within, stored memories from the times after school alighting pine needles with a magnifying glass to more explosive encounters involving cans of highly flammable RAID and a stack of wood set next to my mother’s house, I love fire.  So, why not shoot it?

Secondly, I want these images to rest upon this web layout as a stage of photographic development.  With this rekindled love of flame, I now have the desire to master the quickest, most intense flash of heat through the lens, and elegantly incorporate it’s fluid speed into my work creating a uniqueness and individuality.

Thirdly, using fire during work makes work so much more exciting.

So I present the first two shots involving TRESemme and fire.  Again, these images are not worthy of due credit or professionalism, therefore I would never finalize them for a client and expect a pat on the back with a fat check.  They’re merely a recording of the road to fire I am just now beginning.

The first one was shot with the bottles on a white background.  These have too many reflections in the cans to represent the product accurately.  Then when shooting the flames I discovered the speed at which they release.  I sprayed the hairspray over a lighter, which singed all knuckle-hairs instantaneously, and witnessed these flames all but vanished on the sensor before the white background.  So I switched it out for black and added a mass of strobes and hot lights.  When I went to composite the images in PS5, I realized the task at hand to mask the black background flames with the white background cans was near impossible for a realistic, sellable product.  Plus, for stop motion, the flames are not frozen, even at 1/1000th of a second!

This next image is an improvement considering the background, but the rest is just an attempt to experiment and learn after staring at a computer screen for 5 hours.  I’m displeased with how both of these turned out, but the learning curve was steep and that’s all that matters right now.

Location: SCCA, Seattle, WA

Camera/Lens Specifics: Canon 5D Mark II with Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens

variety of settings, ISO 100, tripod mount.

Post: Adobe LR3 & PS5