I never really had the opportunity to use or learn Adobe Photoshop. I started with Lightroom and pretty much just stuck with that. If it weren't for the hefty price tag, Photoshop and a few classes would definitely be on my must-do list, but that doesn't mean you can't achieve some cool composite images without it. It's a fun and important challenge to learn how to work with the tools you have, and you don't need to always go out and buy the latest and greatest products to get good images. By simply shooting your subject against a black or white background, you can't deliberately clip/crush the background entirely. This makes it very easy to blend several images sitting side by side. Then, all you need to do is use some cloning to move details throughout the whole image, making it a little more convincing. I wanted to catch some colorful Gatorade splashing in and around the heroic-looking sport bottles, giving it a real thirst-quenching feel. Achieving this was as simple as taping a bottle with a hole in it to our kitchen beater, turning it on, and watching the colorful liquid fly around my living room as I took photos. Sure, things got a little wet and sticky, but I was able to get some pretty cool shots. Combining the splashes to the product shot really made it a more interesting image than the bottles alone, and the best part of it all was that Photoshop wasn't needed. Hope you enjoy, and all is well.
Tim + Mercedes