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This tutorial is about choosing accessories and props to enforce the concept and message a studio photographer is trying to make. Importantly, it does not deal primarily with choices about cameras, lenses, lights, or other photographic equipment, but instead it deals with the choices a photographer must make about choosing and finding the props needed to make a photograph a success. It explains how to shoot a martini, and illustrates the importance of choosing the correct glass, through more mundane accessories such as what type of olives to use, all the way to discussing something as seemingly minor as what type of toothpicks to skewer the olives on.

It also covers techniques for making consistent and repeatable pours so a photographer can adjust and hold carefully arranged focus so that more than one image of a difficult set-up can be accomplished. Finally, it illustrates how adding colored gels to certain lights on the set can change the feeling the image imparts to the viewer and explains how a photographer knowing something about the Bernoulli Principle can be helpful.

Tutorial Supplies Checklist

  • Show Cards
    Due to the fragile nature of most showcards a 5 card minimum (mix and match allowed) is required when ordering for Shipping.

    Acrylic
    SetShop offers custom shapes such as circles, triangles, squares, and more. 3 dimensional Acrylic objects like cubes can be formed. Finishing techniques such as polished edges can be applied to the Acrylic sheet of your choice.

    Tough Set Lux
    Set Shop has its own line of excellent diffusion products. They offer over two decades of professional expertise at affordable prices. Tough Lux, for example, is an industry recognized standard for a dependable all-around diffusion material. For more types of diffusion please visit the Lee and Rosco sections.

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

    Lee and Rosco Gels
    SetShop offers has a full line of Rosco and Lee Gels in both roll and sheets in stock. Custom orders available.

    Manfrotto
    SetShop offers a wide range of Manfrotto equipment including manfrotto tripods, manfrotto monopods, manfrotto tripod heads. Adorama offers one of the largest selections of manfrotto parts available.

    A Clamp
    SetShop carries a wide variety of A-Clamps, C-Clamps, and much more!

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.