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In the studio with Pumpkins, tethered capture and Lightroom 3

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So the start of 2011 sees me in the studio photographing pumpkins for  “20 Amazing Plants and Their Practical Uses” book by Rachel Corby.

All the outdoor shots were completed before Christmas with just the interior studio shots left to complete.

Lady Godiva Pumpkin showing naked seeds

Lady Godiva Pumpkin showing naked seeds

These pumpkins are Lady Godivas grown on my allotment last year, which were grown particularly for their seed. Had a really good year for growing pumpkins about 12 in all and they have stored really well. The seeds in these pumpkins are “naked” ie no outer husk, so they can be dried and eaten without having to shell them.

Elinchrom lights were used for this shoot, with tethered capture straight in to Lightroom 3. Its amazing how new software comes into your digital workflow and you wonder how did I work without this? I would say Lightroom 3 is now the major programme for my workflow along with the trusty old workhorse Photoshop CS5.

As most of my work is outdoor/location based it was great to use tethered capture in the studio for this shot, loving Lightroom 3!

Another pumpkin recipe for dinner! (only 6 more pumpkins to get through)


Author: Stephen Studd Photography

Stephen graduated from LCP in London in 1987 with a 2:1 BA Honours degree in photography. Since then he has travelled the world as a professional freelance travel & garden photographer. His photography has been published in many areas around the globe; from front cover of National Geographic magazine, to countless travel books, brochures and print media. His work has also been used in many advertising campaigns, with clients such as Fiat, Citigroup, Caribou Coffee, Expedia, BBC and countless others and his photography has picked up numerous international awards.. Stephen leads travel photography holidays and tours to Burma, Cambodia, Angkor Wat, Vietnam & the USA. He also leads Bluebell photography workshops in Gloucestershire and landscape photography workshops in the Gower, Wales. Stephen can be contacted for commissions via his photography website.

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