Cigar Rolling Montage
This is a quick demo montage that I shot for myself as a test for a lighting technique. This was shot at night using only artificial light. I wanted a really gritty feel to go with the texture of the hands and the tobacco so I raked a single softbox from behind the subject for maximum detail. This was shot with a 60mm micro nikkor lens, and processed in photoshop with a film emulator that is pretty damn accurate and organic looking. A little sepia tone adds to the mix for a successful image. The trick with this set of images is that I knew what the finished result would look like before I set the light or picked up the camera, there was really no improvisation in post production. I knew what I was going for in terms of tone and lighting, and I knew that it would be a high structure black and white triptych that would be sepia toned and tell a story of cigar production in a timeless way. Idea-plan-shoot-process, that is commercial photography.
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