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:
24-70/f 2.8 lens @ 36mm
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.
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:
24-70/f2.8 @ 46mm
During the class, Don suggested one small change to exposure on the face. We also all learned about "dot gain". I love this course!