How to: get great looking photos of your bass if you're a photography n00b
I consider myself a photography n00b, but I managed to make rather cool pictures of my recently finished bass. Some people asked me to share my method, so here it goes.
This is an example of the intended result:
Okay, where do you start? Some requirements / preparations:
It's time to take the pictures. I use the following guidelines:
Now you have your pictures, but some could be a bit flat or the color's off (usually too much blue in my case). So I start with a rough selection. All images that are really off, out of focus or just not interesting will be deleted. What's left will be edited with Photoshop. The final selection will be made later on.
Let's take a picture to work with (mind that this image is scaled to keep the tutorial readable, but the actual scaling is officialy done later in the process):
Start with adjusting the levels.
If you do "Image > Adjustments > Levels... (or Ctrl+L)" you get the following popup. Now simply slide the left and right sliders towards the edges of the graph, like this:
Simply put, this makes the lightest color completely white and the darkest color of the image completely black. It kind of rescales the color palette of your image to use the full range of levels. You'll notice the image looks less dull or flat already:
Now open the "Image" menu:
And select the following three options consecutively:
N.B.: Sometimes the auto color throws the color off a bit (makes a blue images more yellow, which is good, but way too much). What I do when I notice this, is I observe what Photoshop does (more blue, more red, more yellow e.g.) and I'll just undo the Auto Color (Ctrl+Z will do). Then I go to "Image > Adjustments > Color Balance..." and slide the slider of the corresponding color towards the same color as Photoshop did, but in an amount I still like it. This is a vey simplistic way of doing things, because now you're only adjusting the mid tones and only on one level, but it works just fine for this purpose / tutorial.
If the photo is okay, the auto color will work and after these three auto corrections, you'll end up with this:
The difference is huge. The contrast, depth and levels are way better, as is the color. Now we need to remove the background:
So, when ready with all these little fuzzy steps, after deselecting, you'll end up with this (after putting on a logo too):
Actually, the flat look of the gradient, which matches the sheet more or less in its gradient, opposed to the structure around the bass of the actual bed sheet, creates a nice 3D effect that helps the bass really pop in the image. Removing the distracting parts of the background is a tremendous improvement showing off your bass and the color adjustments we've done help in getting a professional looking color balance and contrast. Lastly, one of the most important steps was to actually take the photos outside on a bright but cloudy day. The worst nightmare of getting a good photo is a strong dropshadow, which you'll always get with a flash or photos taken inside. When you do not have access to a photo studio or expensive lighting equipment, daylight is your best friend :smug:
Now you'll only need to put your name or logo on it and off you go...!
Disclaimer: I hope this helped. And I hope it's clear. If you have any questions, please let me know, but I'll say this once again: I'm not a photography expert; I know my way in Photoshop pretty good, but this is just a 'for dummies' route to achieve good results without the use of any in depth knowledge of the tool. If you are an expert, you look at the white balance yourself and probably adjust Curves and Exposure yourself manually. But since I'm not very good at this I found my own little way.
Sharing your method with us is truly appreciated.
Oh wow - good stuff - thanks! You did a great job with your pics. I learned a thing or two as well, being more of a photography noob than you are. :)
Some good information. Shooting photos outside is one of the best ways to get good color reproduction. I preferr shooting in RAW or TIFF format to avoid color shifts that happen when a photo is compressed as a JPEG. Also in addition to your tutorial there are lots of tutorials out there on the web for photoshop users that give good step by step techniques to help manage color cast as well.
I agree with artguy, shooting RAW if you have the option is way better, you have more info to start with, so it is easier to manipulate and the end result is usually pretty good. Thanks to the OP for sharing
That was awesome, thanks for sharing!
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