SOTD – Sunday 16 September 2018

  • Safety Razor: Timeless Razor – Closed Comb – 0.68mm – 100mm Barber Pole
  • Blade: Polsilver – Super Iridium
  • Shaving Brush: RazoRock – 400 – Aluminium – 24mm Bulb (Synthetic)
  • Shaving Bowl: Saponificio Varesino – Shaving Grail Bowl
  • Shaving Soap: Stirling Soap – Barbershop
  • After-Shave: Stirling Soap – Barbershop
  • Fragrance: Rebul – Dark Spice

SOTD – Saturday 15 September 2018

  • Safety Razor: Charcoal Goods – Level 1 Bishop
  • Blade: Polsilver – Super Iridium
  • Shaving Brush: Dogwood Handcrafts – Abyss – 26mm Bulb (Silvertip Badger)
  • Shaving Soap: Barrister & Mann – Seville In Reserve
  • After-Shave: Barrister & Mann – Seville In Reserve

SOTD in the making

Some of you guys wanted to see how I create my SOTD pictures. In general, I take two different styles of shots, one involves using a LED cube for high key shots and the other involves taking a series of shots in the dark with a method called light painting and later merging those shots into one.

After merging I use software to enhance the picture to make it shine and pop.
Below I have tried to put together a 10-step walkthrough to let you in on my secrets.

  1. Used equipment
    1.  Hardware
      1.     Canon 60D
      2.     Canon kit lens EF-S 18-55mm
      3.     Hähnel Giga T Pro II wireless remote trigger set
      4.     Manfrotto tripod
      5.     iPhone 8 with “Light Paint” app
    2.   Software
      1.     Adobe Lightroom CC Classic
      2.     Adobe Photoshop CC
      3.     Nik Collection
  2. Choosing the shaving gear
  3.   Stage the scene
  4. Setup the camera, focus on the objects one by one, go to manual focus and go into dark mode (i.e. in this shot I first did step 4 and 5 for the splash, then 4 and 5 for the brush, etc., etc.)
  5. Use the iPhone as a light source to paint in the light with the “Light Paint” app, using the full white screen on highest brightness setting, whilst the camera is in Bulb mode, which I trigger with the remote trigger.
  6. Repeat step 4 and 5 until you have enough good lighted pictures of all the objects
  7. Clean up the table. (yup…OCD)
  8. Post processing
    1.     Lightroom CC
      1. Import the pictures into LR
      2. Set the lens profile and sync this across all photos
      3. With all pictures selected, export this to Photoshop as layers
    2. Photoshop CC
      1. Select all layers and auto-align them
      2. Sort the layers and color label them to remind myself which layers are focussing on what objects. The colors are randomly chosen.
      3. With layer masks, paint in the portions you want from all layers
      4. Make sure you go through every layer mask and make sure there is no light spill
      5. Flatten the image
      6. Crop the image so there is no more transparent space visible again
      7. Use the healing brush in different ways to correct blemishes/dust/particles/flaws
      8. Save and quit to LR, remove all other images and use the merged image in next steps
    3. Nik Collection
      1.  Export to RAW Presharpener for extra sharpness
      2.  Export to Dfine to remove noise
      3.  Export to Viveza 2 for colour corrections
      4.  Export to Color Effex Pro 4 for extra contrast
    4. Lightroom CC
      1. Use the brush tool to do the final touches for clarity, contrast and saturation
      2. Scale, rotate, crop
      3. the file, save and export
    5. Before
    6. After
  9. Post to social media
  10. Done

SOTD – Wednesday 12 September 2018

  • Straight Razor: J.A. Henckels – Friodur – 72
  • Shaving Brush: Dogwood Handcrafts & Declaration Grooming – B5 – LavRonze – 24mm Fan (Select Badger)
  • Shaving Bowl: Saponificio Varesino – Shaving Grail Bowl
  • Shaving Cream: Castle Forbes – Lavender

SOTD – Tuesday 11 September 2018

  • Straight Razor: Koraat – 6/8 Full Hollow Ivory Snake Yuma
  • Shaving Brush: Declaration Grooming – Jefferson Vastness LE B4 – 27mm Fan (Select Badger)
  • Shaving Soap: Storybook Soapworks – Visions and Revisions
  • After-Shave: Storybook Soapworks – Visions and Revisions

SOTD – Monday 10 September 2018

  • Safety Razor: Wolfman Razors – Guerrilla 316L
  • Blade: Polsilver – Super Iridium
  • Shaving Brush: Proraso – 26mm Bulb (Boar)
  • Shaving Soap: Scheermonnik – 1778

SOTD – Sunday 09 September 2018

  • Safety Razor: Blackland – Blackbird SB
  • Blade: Polsilver – Super Iridium
  • Shaving Brush: Brad Sears Shave Works – Cobalt & Disco Haze Archduke 2 – 28mm Bulb (Silvertip Badger)
  • Shaving Soap: PannaCrema – Nuàvia Nera

SOTD – Saturday 08 September 2018

  • Safety Razor: Feather – AS-D2
  • Blade: Feather – Black
  • Shaving Brush: Declaration Grooming – Theodore Blood of Kings LE B3 – 27mm Fan (Select Badger)
  • Shaving Soap: PannaCrema – Nuàvia Rossa

SOTD – Wednesday 05 September 2018

  • Straight Razor: Hayashi Diamond – 1000
  • Shaving Brush: Dogwood Handcrafts – Malachor Hybrid – 26mm Fan (Silvertip Badger)
  • Shaving Soap: Barrister & Mann – Reserve Lavender

SOTD – Tuesday 04 September 2018

  • Safety Razor: Parker – Variant Graphite
  • Blade: Polsilver – Super Iridium
  • Shaving Brush: J&T – Number 22 – 24mm Bulb (Synthetic)
  • Shaving Bowl: Saponificio Varesino – Shaving Grail Bowl
  • Shaving Soap: Noble Otter – Bare
  • After-Shave: Noble Otter – Bare