Fabulous Fakes

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Many products studio photographers use are positioned outside of a photograph’s borders and never seen. Another group of products, featured in this tutorial, are some Set Shop specialty products meant to be seen within the frame of the photograph. Because these products are seen, and therefore become part of the photograph, they have to be perfect replicas of what they are meant to represent and in this tutorial we call them Fabulous Fakes!

They are designed to replace ephemeral items that literally disappear under the hot glare of studio lights. We will be demonstrating the use of different types of artificial ice cubes, crushed ice, snow, frost, and water droplets. The reason for these products very existence is because the real items in this category melt, change, and even evaporate as photographers try to photograph them! But, in addition to knowing that these fabulous fakes are available from Set Shop, there are also tricks and hints in using them that can help you both choose the right product for a specific assignment and how to use it once your choice has been made. Ladies and gentlemen, Set Shop Tutorials presents to you - Fabulous Fakes!

Tutorial Supplies Checklist

  • Ice Cubes and Frost Effects
    Carefully selected best quality products created by the best Prop Maker for Ice Effects. Acrylic and Silicone Ice Cubes, Frost Effects, and Instant Ice.

    Brillianize
    Brillianize is specially formulated to clean, preserve and protect plastic surfaces. Use on acrylic, glass, Formica®, Plexiglas®, and all hard shiny surfaces.

    Glycerin
    Perfect for water droplet effects. Use straight or mix with water to prolong water drop effects.

    Funtak
    Nontoxic putty-like material behaves a lot like wax. It does not melt or leave any waxy residue and it can be reused over and over again. Great for modeling and model making and temporary adhesive.

    Show card
    Due to the fragile nature of most showcards a 5 card minimum (mix and match allowed) is required when ordering for Shipping. This ensures that your cards can be packed adequately and make it to your location in the best shape possible. For local pick up or delivery any quantity is accepted.

Steve Sint

Digital Still Life Photography: Art, Business, and Style

Steve Sint has spent a great deal of his life walking down aisles backwards. Over a 40 year career, he has photographed over 4,000 weddings, taken over 2 million photographs, and shot over 1 million portraits for his own studio and others in the New York metropolitan area. As a commercial photographer he has photographed thousands of executives and still life subjects. His client list includes, or has included, the American Broadcasting Company, Time Inc., Hearst Publications, Yves St. Laurent, AT&T, NCR, National Semiconductor, Miller Freeman Publishing, MacGroupUS, and Hachette-Filipacchi Magazines. His photographs have appeared on the covers of over 60 national magazines including LIFE, Omni, Stereo Review, and Modern Photography.

As a columnist and contributor his words and photographs have also appeared in Studio Photography, Lens Magazine, Modern Photography, Popular Photography, View Camera Magazine, Railroad Model Craftsman, and he has authored 7 books on photography. In his most recently published book, Digital Wedding Photography: Art, Business, and Style, he shares his experience with his readers in the breezy, knowledgeable, and accessible style his writing is known for. At this point in his career he limits his assignments to 50 per year for a select New York clientele, photographs and writes about things he enjoys, and still finds time to lecture on professional photography, create and produce tutorial videos, conduct workshops on wedding, portrait, and still life photography, while still finding time to work on his model railroad.

His newest book, Digital Still Life Photography: Art, Business, and Style, was released in January 2013.