VP Media Group
Product | Commercial Photography


This blog will be in no particular order, just a place to post non portfolio images and associated stories as I travel throughout my career as a visual artist. 

Smokin T's 14/365

Jan 14, 2017

Smokin T's

Picked up a bottle of Smoking T's at the Oktoberfest in Cedarburg, WI last year.  This bottle has been sitting on my shelf for a while just waiting for the right picture.  Can't wait to crack it open because this stuff is amazing.  Its like a creamy, smoky, chipotle like sauce that goes great with just about anything.  Check them out here --> http://www.smokin-ts.com/

Shooting stuff on all black is all about controlling where the light goes.  Notice the white background?  Grab your camera and lower the ISO and close the aperature as high as you can.  Now take a picture and what comes out?

Something like this right?

Something like this right?

Now start building the picture by adding your strobes or flashes in a controlled manner to light whatever you want.  It's that easy.  Now sure, it is a lot easier to add a black backdrop but the reason I like using just a plain wall is that if I change my mind and quick decide to backlight it or add a colored gradient to the wall, BOOM its already there and I dont have to worry about taking anything down.  Sorry for the run on sentence there. 

Added the diffusers to the scene this time to get a little bit more gradient of light on the side of the bottle due to the logo wrapping from edge to edge.  I may have shot with 3 lights, but the beauty of the black background is that all you really need is just one light and you can do some amazing stuff.

All of these were shot with a white backdrop

All of these were shot with a white backdrop

In closing, go try Smokin T's sauce, shoot some stuff on black and go have some German beer come October (only in October, I'm Irish).

Myrtle and I

Myrtle and I

I know some of my readers so far already know this stuff, but some may not.  I figure I'd start with the basics and get into some crazy stuff soon:)

Questions, comments or rants? Put 'em below. 


Sean HuolihanComment