Rob Taylor
Rob is an English artist and writer living in the US, in the process of transitioning out of his comfort zone of nature photography towards more commercial work. He's usually around on Twitter.
  • Computer Skills
    Motion Control With Arduino: Motorising a Camera SliderArduinostepper preview
    The availability of cheap stepper motors and drivers these days allows ample opportunity for experimenting outside of the more expensive and complicated 2D/3D cutting and printing projects. For this project, I'll take my OpenBuilds camera slider and motorise it. Not only that, but create a self-contained system for controlling the motor.Read More…
  • Photo & Video
    Shooting Photos for Skin-Tearing IllustrationSkintear 07 pre
    Today, we're looking at the process from start to finish of creating composite work, particularly in this case for commercial advertising purposes. I'll be walking you through the creation of the imagery for designer to composite and polish up.Read More…
  • Photo & Video
    The Quest for an "Iconic" Portrait: Editorial and RawIconictwo prenew
    In this tutorial, I'll continue my work to shoot an iconic portrait. When I began, I wanted two distinct yet consistent styles or outcomes from each session. In the first session, I created a look that was intimate, yet polished. In this final session, I wanted to have more editorial distance, and a more raw and real feeling.Read More…
  • Photo & Video
    The Quest for an "Iconic" Portrait: Intimate and PolishedIconicone prenew
    After a couple of months in the winter doldrums, I seem to be finding my way back via music portraiture. In this tutorial, I'm going to look at the whos, hows and whys of my quest to create an iconic portrait.Read More…
  • Photo & Video
    The New Buyers' Guide To Graphics TabletsGraphicstablet preview newpre
    Graphics tablets are a creative-industry staple for a wide variety of tasks involving precision computer input. They're recommended for every photographer and designer, and pretty much a requirement for any kind of digital artist or painter. How, though, are they used? What makes them so indispensable in the industry? And what features are you supposed to look for when shopping for one?Read More…
  • Photo & Video
    Concept vs. Execution: A Fashion Portfolio ShootLocationfashionrtprelg
    I'm helping a model friend put together a portfolio with a look towards editorial fashion. If successful, I can potentially use it to push towards a commercial fashion portfolio targeted at local boutiques and the like. As usual, I'm trying not to rest on my previous achievements, and in this shoot walkthrough will be looking at how I'm pushing myself outside of my comfort zone again in order to continue developing my toolset as a photographer. This inevitably involves missteps and failures, but since these teach us a lot they're not a bad thing.Read More…
  • Photo & Video
    Building a Basic Video Slider with Open Source CNC PartsVideoslider preview retina
    A video slider is a device that allows you to mount your camera on moving platform and slide it smoothly in one direction. It's used in all sorts of applications, and offers a stable and portable solution for adding movement to your shots. We'll be building our own slider that features a rugged, simple design.Read More…
  • Photo & Video
    Shooting Multiple Looks on a Lifestyle Location ShootDoublelocation rt prelg
    I recently went up to the James River, Virginia to do a location shoot with Ryan, one of the models I'm working with as I pursue my commercial vision. Since we're both looking to add more lifestyle to our arsenal, and I was looking for a location shoot anyway, it was a win-win. In this tutorial, I'm going to look at what lifestyle actually is, the preproduction that went into the shoot, and how I used the location on the day to get multiple looks, as well as the many decisions that require making on the fly on a shoot like this.Read More…
  • Photo & Video
    Creating Lit Portraits During The DayDaytimeflash prelg
    Creating lit portraits during the day isn't easy because of limitations on aperture, sync speed and flash power. However, it's an interesting look that can't always be accomplished with natural light and a reflector alone. I always feel that it looks very editorial. Adding this skill to your bag of tricks will not only make your location portraits look better, but may also improve your speed and capabilities in the studio.Read More…
  • Photo & Video
    Smoke and Mirrors: Boosting Your Strobe Count on the CheapStrobecount rt prelg
    Not all that long ago, I was in the unenviable position of having only a camera, lens and flash. While the popularity of one-light tutorials and DVDs demonstrates that it's entirely possible to achieve excellent results with this limitation, what happens when you want to move on to more complex looks as your skills progress?Read More…
  • Photo & Video
    Quick Tip: Choosing Ambient Lighting for Your WorkspacesStudiolight prelgb
    Lighting is important for actual image making itself, but what about the rest of the process? For the final images to look right, all the pieces of the process must be tailored to match what the camera's seeing. I'm going to look at various aspects of the end-to-end process and illustrate why the lighting of each part is important to pay attention to throughout the sequence.Read More…
  • Photo & Video
    Video Editing in Photoshop CS6 and CCPsvideo preview retina
    I've found that not everyone knows that Photoshop CS6 and CC have video editing capability (as does Lightroom 4 now). It seems to me that for the majority of basic editing work that most photographers might be doing as part of the blurring line between photographers, videographers and filmmakers, Photoshop is a perfectly acceptable option.Read More…