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Lighting for Texture

Today, 12:55 AM

This week's assignment was to use lighting to show texture.  Specifically, we had to show highlights, shadows and a direction of light.  To make things more interesting, we were required to make one interior image as a tabletop or still image; and an outside image, using natural light. 


My biggest challenge:  finding an interesting subject.  A lot of interesting stuff that normally lives in our basement is in storage until the damage from our sewage backup is repaired.  Fortunately, we still have some line that we used in our boat.  A quick trip to the carport shed and I was set. 


Interior shot




For the interior shot, I used:

  • Godox Sk-300 strobe, with soft-box @ full power
  • ISO 64
  • Sigma 105 macro/f2/8
  • f22
  • 1/125 sec
  • 1 black foam card as a flag; second black card to reflect dark light.

That lens is good at picking up detail.  I swear we washed that line before we put it in the shed.


For the outside shot, the weather was the big challenge.  At this time of year, BC is normally getting warmer and wetter.  Not this year.  So far, this month, when it hasn't been snowing, temperatures have been far colder than normal.  I finally caught a break on Sunday, when we had some sunshine and warmer temperatures.  A quick setup in the backyard, followed by 30 minutes of experimenting and I was done.


Using natural light was good, but I really liked the results when I hand held a black foam core card on camera right.  There was no other light.




For this shot, I used:

  • ISO 64
  • Sigma 105 macro/f2.8
  • f29
  • 0.4 sec
  • 1 black foam core card, hand held as a flag.

Don described both shots as solid shots, and specifically liked the detail.  The only suggestion was to experiment with a bigger flag for the interior shot, if I try this again.


There is never a dull moment on this course.  Thanks for looking everyone.  :)

Thom Hogan - Did The Camera Makers Follow The Trends?

19 February 2019 - 01:45 PM

I haven't posted very much from Thom Hogan, lately.  This post definitely offers some food for thought.



Spoons, Forks, Knives...Oh My!

16 February 2019 - 12:34 AM

The assignment was simple:  spoons, forks, knives.  In any configuration.  The only requirement was to think outside the box.  I didn't have the glass to try some of the concepts that I wanted, so I decided to combine photography with Photoshop.




I used a Godox SK-300 strobe with soft-box and scrim, directly in front of the cutlery.  Then I placed white foam cards on each side.  For my settings:

  • ISO 64
  • 24-70/f 2.8 lens @ 36mm
  • 1/125 sec
  • f16

Photoshop is where I just fell in love with the Gradient Mapping Adjustment layer.  I used a Copper Gradient and the Divide Blending mode.  To finish, I made sharpening and minor adjustments in Lightroom


Don felt it was a good shot.  He only suggested one adjustment that has been made.


Thanks for looking, everyone.  :)

New - Adobe Enhance Details

12 February 2019 - 01:41 PM

Too soon to say how useful this feature will be:



Musician Portrait

10 February 2019 - 12:39 AM

The assignment was to create an image, for commercial use by the artist, including web sites or public relations.    While posing with an instrument was quite acceptable,  "live" performance shots were not allowed.


We quickly solved the dilemma of who to photograph.  One of our acquaintances has a brother-in-law who plays in a Maple Ridge band.  Alex was looking for images that he could use for a web site, social media and a possible album cover.  This led to a very pleasant afternoon session with a very nice guy.





I used 2 Godox Sk-300 studio strobes with soft-boxes.  Power was at low setting.  Other information:

  • ISO 64
  • 24-70/f2.8 @ 46mm
  • 1/125 sec
  • f11

During the class, Don suggested one small change to exposure on the face.  We also all learned about "dot gain".  I love this course!


Thanks for looking everyone.  :)