Posts tagged “Studio Photography

Window Pane – 2

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This just shows that the window pane, a popular lighting effect can be scaled. You could even use it in portraiture making it look like you were using a window light.


Window Pane

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The window pane pattern comes from a grid on my soft box off to the side. You can use any off camera flash in a cheap soft box but make sure you get a grid to create this effect and to better direct the light. Godox and Neweer have good boxes.


Top Down Lighting

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There are unlimited numbers of lighting schemes, and groups thereof. Taking top down lighting as an example, I wanted to try it with a very narrow beam of light – shooting down a cardboard  paper towel tube was one thing I tried, then a few snoots (snoots are plastic, fabric or metal very like the paper towel tube I fabricated). I found most worked equally well regardless of length. It was where the light was focused that mattered most, and for me the best position was slightly in front of the object but shedding some light on the front of the subject. This called is feathering.


Forked

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This photograph was born of an idea to try something influenced by Busby Berkeley’s amazing cinema choreography (worth a look up on You Tube). Inspiration is a wonderful thing.


The Common Kitchen Sponge (Two Photographs)

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I was pretty sure that the sponge would make for an interesting subject. I did not realize it would be so fluid. Only about one in three tries at this level of magnification work out. In some cases I have taken a hundred shots on an educated guess of the outcome with mixed results.


Photography is an Art Form (Two Photographs)

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I am a firm believer that photography is an art form and that you can be very creative in this medium. It’s one of the reasons I decided to try extreme macro, the abstracts and designs are endless. In this case an old tape measure.


Lights, Camera, Action…

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At one point I worked in the Movies but that was a long time ago. My current camera, I am told, makes wonderful movies. I sincerely doubt that I could make a quality movie with any DSLR or mirrorless without purchases of necessary accessories, a considerable learning curve and new software. I am quite content with stills. The shot here was not easy and took three lights: a gridded soft box to the left pointed along the table, a second light highlighted the unraveling film, and a third acted as fill for the rest. After 60 shots I got the reel of film illuminated, after that it was smooth sailing.


Patina of a Medal (Two Photographs)

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The medal here is from 1918 Union of Former Soldiers founded by President Clemenceau. I picked it up years ago in a flea market. Close-up it’s just another abstract.


Spooky Button (Two Photographs)

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As I was on sewing theme I thought about buttons and came across this one. With motorized focus stacking you have a choice to mount the apparatus horizontally or vertically, a change that requires rebuilding the stage (another hour or so in the process). I did this one both ways, with vertical being the winner. Vertical stages are more prone to shake, a passing truck can make the difference. There’s a way to compensate but it adds time and exposures to the stack.


Spool of Thread (Two Photographs)b

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This was an exercise in trying to figure out what caused the colour shift. It has not occurred with any other focus stack. I took this one twice with different exposures, checking the colour style in camera only to have the same issue. Not that I don’t like the result its just nice to know how it got there.


Thimbles (Three Photographs)

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Thimbles turned out to be quite interesting especially with all the wear and tear. These are easily 40 years old and have seen a lot of use. I will be coming back to these for some different angles. By the way each of the close up photos takes over an hour to shoot and sometimes more. Getting the exposure right, setting up the focus stack, building the stage for the thimble to stand on etc. etc. and then the processing of 40-100 shots depending on depth wanted can add another hour.


Thread (Two Photographs)

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Thread is made up of smaller and smaller strands making for interesting compositions, with the caveat that close up there can also be a lot of fuzz.


A Screwdriver (Two Photographs)

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With extreme macros it’s unlikely that your audience will be able to guess the subject, all they see is your composition. So I have made it easy, this is a close-up of the wooden portion of the screwdriver shown below.

 


Not Graffiti (Two Photographs)

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The designs on most coloured cardboard packaging like Kleenex boxes are dot matrix, up close it’s just dots and ink bleeds. I thought it would make good modern abstract art.

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Bluenose (Two Photograhs)

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This is a detail from a Canadian dime, it shows a portion of the deck of the Bluenose Schooner at 5:1. The dime at 1:1 is below.


Old 43 and 45 (Two Photographs)

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Details of wartime Canadian nickels. Given shortages in some metals, coins were made of different mixtures of metals left over from the demands of the war effort.

 


Wood (Two Photographs)

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This is a continuation of my work at 5:1 (at that magnification light and sharpness are a challenge). The first photo is of a pencil shaving and the second is of a scratch in a wooden spatula.


Souvenir

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This was a bronze souvenir from the Louvre. What I like about it is the texture. A simple highly diffused light above the camera did the trick.


Antiques

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The telescope and compass are brass reproductions from India, almost indistinguishable, except for their newness, from those used in early colonial days. The book is the Boys Own Annual 1899-1900.The lighting pattern here is a soft box to the side, shooting through a diffusion panel. Depending on the tilt of the box, the panel and strength of the flash in the box you can get more or less light fall off, I chose less. I placed the soft box higher, giving a darker table on the side of the soft box and more light farther out on the table.


Fabrics (Three Photographs)

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Shot at 5x life, fabrics can look quite interesting. The subjects here are a tie, a table cloth and a wool scarf.


Monochrome

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Shooting monochrome with flash has one potential pitfall. Your object can fade into the background and be unrecognizable. Specular highlights can help the composition, positioning them is a bit of work. In this case the light was above, behind and to the right of the bowl (see the shadow).


Product Shot (Two Photographs)h

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Most jewelry product shots are against a white background. You can buy a box made of diffusion material and the lights to put outside the diffusion to get a pure white background and a well lit product (cost from $50 CDN to $100CDN). I used two Elmer’s Bi-fold foam boards around the sides and a white foam board background (almost a square around the subject) as well as an acrylic white base (cost $27CDN). The flexibility of Elmer boards is helpful and you can always put another form board on top if it helps. The black version was done with a black foam board background and a black table, the light was a top down flash with a snoot just slightly in front of the watch. Good proof of concept if I want to do this again.


Abstract Macro (Three Photographs)

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At a magnification of 5x on a cropped sensor many things look abstract. The Jackson Pollack type abstract is attractive. But with macro at this level you almost always have to tell your audience what they are seeing. In order:  toilet paper, paper towel, Kleenex.

 

 

 


Onion (Two Photographs)

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I could not resist trying to shoot an onion. In the first photo, I backlit a piece using a snoot (a modifier for the flash that narrows the light to make spotlight). I hung the piece of onion from a miniature magic arm.