One-Light Photography Tutorial: How to Shoot Reflective Products

Product photographer Dustin Dolby is back with another workphlo tutorial that tackles a difficult subject in simple terms: how to shoot reflective products using only a single light source. As with all of Dolby’s tutorials, he’s really giving a master class in simple lighting control—helping viewers to understand how to manipulate one light and stack multiple exposures to achieve a professional product photo. In this case, he’s sharing his workflow for shooting reflective products, which can be especially tricky. “Reflective products in general present a unique obstacle, and with cutlery you can make use of a convenient approach. By extrapolating the angle our camera looks at our subject, we can place a corresponding light behind our scene,” explains Dolby. “This will flatter both a reflective subject and surface simultaneously creating a convenient angle to capture reflective product photography like knives forks and spoons and silverware.” And this is the result he’s able to achieve by stacking just two images together—one lit from above, another from the side to provide a highlight and give the cutlery depth: The tutorial comes at the perfect time, when many photographers are...

Black-owned business featured in Target ad inundated with racist reviews

A black-owned business was subjected to a wave of negative reviews after the company’s founder was featured in a Target ad, where she said she hoped her success could pave the way for black girls. Bea Dixon was featured in a Target commercial called “Founders We Believe In: The Honey Pot,” where she spoke about how difficult it was for her to start her line of feminine hygiene products. Dixon credited Target for working with her and helping her company get stocked at retailers nationwide. “The reason why it’s so important for Honey Pot to do well is so that the next black girl that comes up with a great idea, she can have a better opportunity,” Dixon said at the end of the ad. “That means a lot to me.” Although the ad was originally released in early February, a swarm of people left negative reviews for the company on Monday. Many of the one-star reviews left on consumer review website Trustpilot accused Dixon, and Target, of discriminating against white people in the commercial. “Boycott The Honey Pot Company, and Target. RACIST. White people hating comments not going to be tolerated,” one reviewer wrote. Another review accused Di...

Take a sneak peek at new products featured in the Outdoor Retailer Snow Show

DENVER — More than 9,000 retail buyers will cram into the Outdoor Retailer Snow Show beginning Wednesday morning to see the work of more than 1,000 exhibiting snow-sports equipment, apparel and accessories companies, bringing another huge boost to Denver’s economy at what is otherwise the slowest season of the year for convention and hotel business. But while city tourism and outdoor-recreation leaders will want to talk about the big numbers for show, which runs through Friday, the truth is that every exhibitor at the Colorado Convention Center is a business that is counting on making contacts and making sales at the event. And for the smaller companies that have invested in traveling to Colorado and hoping to stand out even among giants like The North Face or Obermeyer, what happens over the rest of this week can take on that much more importance for their future. Some of those companies, both small and mid-sized showed off their wares a day early at an OR Snow Show media preview to give a sense of what they will be displaying on the floor and how they will be trying to make an impression on buyers who may see dozens of products a day in their search for the next great shoe or...

Fighting fat with the Arosha-Pressotherapy treatment at Emirates Palace Spa

The main goal of the Arosha skin wrap combined with Pressotherapy is to reduce the appea­rance of that bane of female existence: cellulite. Although the recommendation is a course of eight, hour-long sessions, for this test run at Emirates Palace Spa, I opted for four. And it took me nearly all of them to wrap my head around this strange treatment. Each time, I started out on a spa bed while my therapist sprayed and smoothed a glycolic-acid serum containing fishy-smelling seaweed all over my legs, back, tummy and arms. The goal was to exfoliate, allowing subsequent products to penetrate better. She followed up with a serum containing a tightening combination of caffeine and L-Carnitine, a nutrient produced in the body that is increasingly being used in creams and supplements to target cellulite, with varying opinions on the results. I then stood up, feet apart, while she wrapped me in what looked like a wet tensor bandage, starting under my foot, encasing each leg and winding around my abdomen. It was then time for the Press­otherapy portion, which involved me crawling onto the bed, where Cassandra had laid out three black, Kevlar-type cases, each topped by a plastic sheet. One ...

ARLINGTON, Va., Jan. 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The American Trucking Associations announced today it has renewed

ARLINGTON, Va., Jan. 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The American Trucking Associations announced today it has renewed PrePass—a product of the PrePass Safety Alliance—as an Endorsed ATA Business Solutions Featured Product. ATA also endorses PrePass Safety Alliance’s PrePass Plus electronic toll payment solution, MOTION, ALERTS, and INFORM products. PrePass is a weigh station bypass platform offered throughout North America that allows qualified commercial vehicles with good safety scores and current credentials to bypass hundreds of inspection facilities using a secure, hands-free in-cab electronic device. “Minimizing truck downtime is key for a fleet’s productivity and profitability,” said ATA President and CEO Chris Spear. “The service and technology offered in PrePass exemplify how innovative products can streamline a carrier’s operations and increase efficiency throughout the entire supply chain.” Within seconds of approaching a PrePass-equipped site, the service automatically pre-screens vehicles and notifies drivers if they are cleared to stay on the road and bypass truck scales, or if they need to pull in for inspection. PrePass Pl...

Bike riders love ‘new’ – new bikes, new kit and new products. But sometimes we find

Bike riders love ‘new’ – new bikes, new kit and new products. But sometimes we find a product that we like, that works for us, and we don’t really want to change things up, especially when it comes to personal aspects such as hydration.Asked to review another new hydration product not so long after I spent a month drinking a brand that I liked enough to take it to France on a recent trip for Bicycling Australia, I wondered…really? Can there be anything better than this? What could be different about PREPD? Then I spent some time chatting with Nathan Hocking and his team and learnt a thing or two about this new product. Namely, it isn’t a hydration drink, but actually a hydration enhancer. So that idea is very new. It meant I didn’t have to quit drinking the product I had decided was ‘my’ hydration drink. I could still have it, but add PREPD to my before and after exercise regime.The theory was that PREPD, which tastes like a very nice fruit smoothie (the mango and passionfruit Prime is taken six to 12 hours before training or racing while the equally as flavoursome strawberry and kiwi Recover is taken straight afterwards) works with other forms of hydration in my body (including...

Bike riders love ‘new’ – new bikes, new kit and new products. But sometimes we find

Bike riders love ‘new’ – new bikes, new kit and new products. But sometimes we find a product that we like, that works for us, and we don’t really want to change things up, especially when it comes to personal aspects such as hydration.Asked to review another new hydration product not so long after I spent a month drinking a brand that I liked enough to take it to France on a recent trip for Bicycling Australia, I wondered…really? Can there be anything better than this? What could be different about PREPD? Then I spent some time chatting with Nathan Hocking and his team and learnt a thing or two about this new product. Namely, it isn’t a hydration drink, but actually a hydration enhancer. So that idea is very new. It meant I didn’t have to quit drinking the product I had decided was ‘my’ hydration drink. I could still have it, but add PREPD to my before and after exercise regime.The theory was that PREPD, which tastes like a very nice fruit smoothie (the mango and passionfruit Prime is taken six to 12 hours before training or racing while the equally as flavoursome strawberry and kiwi Recover is taken straight afterwards) works with other forms of hydration in my body (including...

Best New And Featured Products Announced For Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show and Healthy Food Expo

ORLANDO, FL – Thousands of new products and services from 400 exhibiting companies for restaurants, caterers and foodservice establishments were introduced during this week’s Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show and Healthy Food Expo Florida being held together at the Orange County Convention Center.   Several Awards were presented, including: The  Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show and Healthy Food Expo are produced and managed by Clarion UX, and sponsored by the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association.  The trade show and conference provide industry professionals access to the hottest menu trends, state of the art design and decor, a renowned education program, several culinary demonstrations, and 400+ of the leading vendors and purveyors dedicated to serving the restaurant & foodservice community. For more information, visit https://www.flrestaurantandlodgingshow.com/. 2 Wire Male Female Connector, Twisted Wire Harness, Vehicle Wire Harness – SYM,https://www.szsymdz.com/

Deciding which customer relationship management (CRM) system is right for your business takes time and can

Deciding which customer relationship management (CRM) system is right for your business takes time and can be complicated, especially if it’s the first time your business is choosing software to manage customers. You may not be sure how much you need to spend or how to choose the one that fits your business’s needs best. We’re here to save you time by going over some of the most popular free and open source CRM solutions and when you should consider paid systems (find out how we chose the featured products here). Free CRM software companies earn revenue primarily by enticing businesses to purchase premium expansions which unlock better features or support structures. As such, the following free systems, while coming without any restrictions, should be considered “freemium” systems, in that they come with a limited set of features and offer more with more expensive plans. Freshsales is a cloud-based CRM solution that helps businesses across a variety of segments and verticals manage contacts, leads, and develop customer success strategies. The software was the third most popular free CRM according to our methodology and functions with macOS, Windows 10, and any web browser (OS a...

This story was written in collaboration with Forbes Finds. Forbes Finds covers products and experiences we

This story was written in collaboration with Forbes Finds. Forbes Finds covers products and experiences we think you’ll love. Featured products are independently selected and linked to for your convenience. If you buy something using a link on this page, Forbes may receive a small share of that sale. Oh, you still charge your phone by plugging it into the wall each night? That’s . . . cute. One of the best things about the new iPhone is its wireless charging capability. Powered by Qi technology, it transfers energy from the coils in one device to similar coils in your phone.  But the best thing about wireless charging? You don’t need to know how it works. All you need to do is place your iPhone on a compatible charger and wander away. No cords, no fuss.  There are a lot of chargers out there that do multiple things—they charge your phone, your watch, your earbuds. They often have an extra USB port out the back. They light up, don’t light up, light up in patterns—the point being they’re needlessly complicated. This 7.5-watt Belkin Boost Up Wireless Charging Pad does one thing. You put your phone on it and it charges that device. The most complicated thing about it? Deciding...

Sentry Insurance Renews ATA Business Solutions Featured Product Agreement for Fourth Year

ARLINGTON, Va., May 10, 2019 /PRNewswire/ – Today, American Trucking Associations announced that a number of coverages, claims, and safety services of Sentry Insurance, a mutual insurance provider specializing in transportation insurance, have been renewed as ATA Business Solutions Featured Products for the fourth year in a row.  “Every day, trucking companies work hard and take financial risks in order to grow their businesses and continue providing America’s transportation needs,” said ATA President and CEO Chris Spear. “Products like the ones offered by Sentry Insurance allow motor carriers and other industry stakeholders to have confidence in the operational decisions they make.” Rated A+ by A.M. Best for 27 straight years, Sentry has experience designing individualized protection for trucking operations of all sizes. The Sentry coverages to be recognized as ATA Business Solutions Featured Products include auto liability, auto physical damage, and motor truck cargo. Beyond offering the customized coverages and specialized claims handling fleets need to protect their businesses, Sentry’s safety services program offers access to Certif...