What's the best isolation method?

posted on 4th of march, 2009

If you hang around long enough in stock photography sooner or later you will start to get some isolated shots to add to your portfolio.

I have read some very interesting methods that people use and many of them have excellent results.

I know the easy answer that you hear a lot is " whatever works best for you" But what if what works best for me is what I have learned to get the job done but really isn't the best or easiest way to do it.

So how about some good old interaction communication here.

What works best for you?

What have you tried that doesn't work.

I used photoshop for the jelly, made a solid white layer, removed the original background the best I could and then merged them together.

I'm in no way saying that's the best method but it's what I have...

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Comments (2)

Posted by Creativei on March 04, 2009
Well I use pen tool in Photoshop and do the isolation and other changes. Most of the time I use pen tool to keep the path which will b useful for others who download.
Posted by Zeddicus80 on March 04, 2009
Hi Dave,

Best thing is to start in the beginning by choosing a good background for whatever you are photographing (e.g. white backround for shots of everything except white). You can then go into photoshop choose select > Color Range and use the eyedropper tool to select that white background. You can slide the 'fuzziness' slider to extend or reduce that selection.
That's something that used to work fine for me. Hope it helps :)

Take care,


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Sudio safety

posted on 9th of march, 2009

Sooo it starts with an idea that in my mind might make an interesting photo.

The concept of cash being hard to get.

Or the risk involved in dealing with money.

But there is also risk involved when trying to work with a live loaded trap and then sticking your fingers in it to put some cash on the trigger. "ouch" Actually what I said when it went off was a little more dramatic but you get the idea.

So what I did after that was to put a block of wood on the trap so if it went off again it would not hit my already tender fingers.
Then when I thought it looked good I removed the block and took the shot.

Thank God I didn't use a bear trap :-)

Tags: cash studio trap
Comments (4)

Posted by Fultonsphoto on March 09, 2009
Nice concept, congrats.
Posted by Eclecticelegance on March 09, 2009
Yikes!! What we photographers go through sometimes to get the perfect shot! :) Ouch!
Posted by Littledesire on March 09, 2009
:) funny story! Thanks God you found a way not to hurt your fingers again :)

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Flu Season

posted on 16th of march, 2009

It seems that this year the northern half of the United States is getting a late run of the Flu season.

It's bad enough when we as adults get sick because aside from trying to get well again it seems almost impossible to do anything else.

The flu can turn a simple math problem into an intense thinking procedure.

But when little children get sick it really breaks my heart. they are so innocent that it just doesn't seem fair that they should have to deal with it.

I am hoping that as the winter leaves so will the flu bug. I have seen enough of that beast this year and so far have escaped it's grip.

Wouldn't it be great if it never returned?

Tags: children flu sick
Comments (2)

Posted by Creativei on March 16, 2009
Oh my, so that means I'm not the only one, since a week Im having trouble with this flu, Its so odd in the office, with running nose, flu is punishment.
Posted by Keki on March 16, 2009
I'm with you there! so many out there with the flu including myself!! horrid little bugger!

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