Now Offering 360 Product Photography!!

Jesse Coble Photography is now offering 360 Product Photography through Imajize. In the past it has been very difficult and expensive for companies to represent their products online using 360 photography, that has all changed thanks to Imajize. They have streamlined the whole process and made it easy and inexpensive to have 360 products on your website. Not only does this help you sell your products online it can greatly decrease the amount of customer service calls that you get because costumers are able to interact with the product before they purchase it.


The process is simple, start a Imajize account, have your product shot and copy and paste your custom link to your website, ebay account and more.  Done!!

Have any question the experts at Imajize can walk you through the process.

Chateau Faire Le Pont Winery

I had the pleasure of shooting some food the other day with a wonderful chef, Breeannon Nicole Caruso. Here are a few of the selects.

 

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How to Build a Cyclorama Part 1

We spent good deal of time researching the many different options before deciding what worked best for the studio. Prefab style cyc walls can be a good option, but we decided it was a bit out of the studio’s price range. After cruising the internet and talking to some contractors we took bits of information from each source and came up with our own way of building it. The finished product was a custom 30′x30′x16′ L-shaped cyclorama, with a 3′ radius curve and a concrete floor so that it would be easy to bring automobiles in and out (which we are very happy with).

Now begins the fun part, we started out with a empty warehouse bay that had a few issues that needed to be fixed in order to be able to have a nice cyc. Our space had an epoxy coated floor, one sheetrock wall and one concrete wall. The first issue was the floor, not only did it have cracks, humps and holes that needed to be patched, but it was also painted with an epoxy coating. This was an interesting and time consuming dilemma because neither concrete patch or paint would adhere to the epoxy coating. To fix this we rented a diamond floor grinder that worked great for removing most of the epoxy and flattening out any of the humps in the floor. We then employed Jasco paint and epoxy remover (warning follow the directions and use proper safety equipment, this stuff is nasty) to root out the rest of the epoxy. Then we used a concrete patch (we recommend Henry’s when used with a bonding adhesive) to fill all of the holes and cracks. We did not spend much time on the edges against the walls because I knew that it would be covered up by cyc’s curvature. In the end we had a pretty flat surface with most of the epoxy removed.

After we finished the floor it was time to start working on the walls. First we removed the lower 3′ of the sheet rock of the one wall so that we could cover it with plywood and give ourselves something to attach the curved ribbing to later.

Becuase the other wall was concrete we built a wood stud frame, using concrete anchors to secure it to the wall and floor.

Once the framing was complete and the wall secure, it was time to hang the sheet rock. We started by snapping a level line 3′ up from the floor so that we could place plywood on the bottom (again the plywood is there to give you something to attach the ribbing to). Then taking a couple of straight boards we screwed them off at the level line to give ourselves something to start the first row of sheet rock. Make sure that you are staggering the seams of the sheet rock.

We used a sheet rock jack to lift the sheets up (highly recommend).

After the sheet rock was hung we decided to mud the walls before we put in the radius so that it would be easier to get to. We also had to mud the preexisting sheet rock wall because it had holes and texture sprayed on it. Take your time with the mud; it will take a few coats to get it looking nice (flat wall finishing is hard to do, you may want to call in a professional finisher).

After we were satisfied with the mud we installed the plywood on the bottom of the wall.

The next step was cutting all of the ribbing pieces (arches). It might help to watch this demo video (or a half naked version with Ashley). We started off by cutting our 4×8 sheets of plywood in half making 2-4×4 sheets, this allowed us to get 4 arches out of each sheet. We used a small board with a nail in one end and a hole drilled at the proper length (3ft) on the other end to hold a pencil as a compass. Measuring in from the corner 3 ft down the edge and 3 ft in from the edge we placed the nail where the lines intersected and drew our radius.

Once the first one was drawn out and cut with a jigsaw, we used it as a template to make the rest of the ribbing sections. We used a few bar clamps to clamp all of the ribs together and sanded them to ensure that they were all exactly the same (the tip broke off a couple of the ribs but it really doesn’t matter that much). Then we spent some time cutting all of the blocking and runners (Important!! make sure that your blocking is cut to a size that the rib will cover but also long enough to give the rib support.) Precutting our pieces was helpful before we got started on the radius.

The next major step was to create the vertical radius. To do this we started by installing blocking at 3′ intervals up the wall so that the horizontal ribs would come up to the bottom of the first vertical curve. Once the blocking was level and screwed to the wall, we screwed the rib to the blocking. Next we measured up the distance of our runners and installing the next set of blocking (we made out runners out of 1 x 2 x 8 Furring Strip and cut them to 2′ lengths. You can go heavier if you would like, which will allow you to make you runners longer). After we had the next rib in place we attached the runners using 1 1/2″ crown staples.

This went on until we reached the top of the wall.

Stay tuned for the next installment of how to build a Cyclorama Wall. We will be discussing how we finished our radius and have some links that might help you decide what will work best for you.

Automotive Photography

I am finally getting around to posting some of my new work. I have been doing a few automotive shoots as of late at N Light Studios. I would be curious to hear any feedback on them.







Got a chance to shoot in a awesome cyclorama

The other day I got a chance to shoot this custom Big Bear Chopper in N Light Studios. This place has everything that you could ask for, a large cyc for car/bikes, custom product tables and all the lights and modifiers that I need. The thing that I really like is that they have all of the stop action photography sensors and rigs there and set up. If you are looking for a cool place to shoot, with a laid back attitude this is your place. Check them out at www.nlightstudios.com

Landscapes and HDR

I got to spend a bit of time the other day putting together some of the HDR landscapes that I shoot a couple of months ago. HDR is very tricky sometime because you can easily over do it making your images look what I like to call over cooked or crunchy. I started out using Photoshop to create my HDR images and now have moved to Nik Software which I like much better. It allows more control of the way your images look. If you are into doing HDR landscapes or any HDR imagery I suggest that you take the time to look at Nik Software HDR Efex Pro 2. Here are some of the images that I did, let me know what you think.

Fly Fishing Northern California

I have had the good luck of going fly fishing with some good friends over the last few weeks. I was on the Owens River above Bishop CA for a couple of days and then on the Trinity River by Lewiston CA to do a bit of Steelheading. Was a great time and have to say thanks to Brennan Nance, Nathan Clark and Jeremy Kendall for doing a bit of driving to get out to the river.

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New Landscapes

I have had the very cool experience of attending a few workshops taught by Ralph Clevenger. A couple of weeks ago I was part of a group that went on a Eastern Sierra camping trip.

digital composite of Mount Whitney at sunset. Image taken from the Alabama Hills. (Jesse Joe Dallas Coble) (Jesse Joe Dallas Coble)digtial composite of Lundy Creek. (Jesse Joe Dallas Coble)
These and many more new images can be view on my website.

Time-lapse Anyone!!!

The past two night I have been out playing with time-lapse movies. This is a very interesting process, that requires a lot of time both in the field and at the desk. The more time-lapse that I do the more I get into it. TSO Photography has some time-lapse work that you may enjoy looking at, he has defiantly inspired me to go out and play with this wonderful form of photography. If you are interested in the process of making a time-lapse movie check back in about a week and I will have a tutorial on my process. I am interested in what you think. Do you know any other photographer that are doing amazing time-lapse movies? What has been your experience with making time-lapse movie? Do you think that light pollution has a positive or negative effect on time-lapse photography? Also here are the two I have done over the past couple nights, what do you think of them?

Who Inspires You?

For me there are many different photographers that I have looked up to over my career. Each has inspired me in different ways and sent me on different paths. Ansel Adams and Edward Weston have always inspired me to get out and enjoy nature. Photographers like Bill Cahill, Jack Andersen, and Michael West have inspired me to pushed what I thought was possible in the realm of commercial photography. Dave Hill, John Keatley, and Chase Jarvis are also very amazing photographers that have influenced the way I think and look at photography especially in my personal work. And then there is Joyce Tenneson, for me she is the reason that I do fine art photography. Her amazing work with large format Polaroid is hands down some of my favorite fine art photography. I was lucky enough to meet Joyce at a Brooks Instituteguest speaker function about a year and a half ago and it will always be a moment that I will remember, she is a wonderful lady, full of life and passion. This is image one of my favorites.

Who inspires you? Is there a photographer out there that changed the way you take images? A photographer that pushed you to try new and exciting things, or just someone you look up to? I would like to hear your thoughts.