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.
For the interior shot, I used:
- Godox Sk-300 strobe, with soft-box @ full power
- ISO 64
- Sigma 105 macro/f2/8
- 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
- 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.