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Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected

I got an unexpected gift in the mail this week.  It was a sample set of teas from Capital Teas, sent to me by a friend who knows I love tea.  If you read this blog regularly you know I love photography and that I am currently taking a Photoshop class.  So it should be no surprise that I took a photo and then created something in Photoshop.  Here is what I came up with:

ISO 100 50mm 0ev f/4 1/125

ISO 100 50mm 0ev f/4 1/125

What I am working on learning in Photoshop is how to remove a background and add another.  There were a couple of difficulties in creating this image.  The first was to get a good shot of the tea tins on a plain background.  If you have ever tried product photography you know that it is harder than it looks.  When you look at a good product photo it should look clean and simple. It takes a lot of time and effort to get that right.  If I was to re-shoot this I would think again about my lighting, I needed some more in the front.  I also would have shot on a simpler background, you will see in this original photo that I shot it on a wood floor which created some problems when I went to take out the background.  Here is the original photo:

ISO 100 50mm 0ev f/4 1/125

ISO 100 50mm 0ev f/4 1/125

It’s too dark so the first thing I did was adjust the exposure in Camera Raw before I opened it in Photoshop.  The blue background that you see is one that I created in Photoshop earlier and then I added it to the file as a background layer.  I used the refine edge and refine mask commands in Photoshop to remove the background layer and insert my new one.  This technique isn’t hard to understand but it does involve a lot of little steps, instead of trying to list all that out I am including this link to the tutorial that I used to learn how to do it.  The video runs about fifteen minutes and will give you a good start on learning how to remove a background.

You will notice that mine isn’t exactly clean.  The blue background can be seen in the lids of the tins and also the labels.  I did leave that like that just because I liked the look.  What do you think? Do you use Photoshop to replace backgrounds?

The tea, in case you are wondering, is wonderful.  The set I got contains three black/green tea mixes and I really like them.  Unexpected is the theme this week at the WordPress Photo Challenge, and this unexpected gift really made my day.



37 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected

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  3. Forest So Green says:

    I have never tried to replace a background. I have wood floors and it is a challenge to figure out how to take photos of objects indoors. Interesting post. I also love teas 🙂 Annie


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  5. Sonel says:

    Lucky girl! I would love someone to send me coffee..hehehe. I can drink tea but not too much. It detoxes me and I can’t detox. It builds up and creates pain worse than the fibro.

    It’s quite a job you did on the photo and I agree with you, it’s not easy at all to remove backgrounds but you came through. I like the effect like that as well. 😀 *hugs*


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  7. kirkistan says:

    This is a great post for me–I’ve been trying to sort out how to pull to do this for some time. I’m going to spend some time on it. The link looks super useful. Another very practical post!


  8. Aha now I see the point of Photoshop, that is *much* better than the original and looks like a sort of cool poster. (As I’m sure you’ve noticed, my blog is scattered with photos of objects on shiny hardwood floors! 🙂 )


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