Our assignment was simple. One. Red. Balloon. We could be as creative as we liked. Our instructor described this as a "concept" shot. The only was that the balloon had to feature prominently in the shot.
Sounds simple, right? Guess again! More than one of my original ideas was scuppered by lens and backdrop limitations. Happily, my decision to rigorously apply the KISS principle coincided with Angela's decision to bake some cupcakes. Voila!
I shot this with:
2 Godox Sk-300 strobes and soft-boxes
1 small black card, to reduce brightness on lower camera right.
24-70 @ 38mm
My instructor loved it, especially the rich colours and contrast He pointed out how I had managed to light the stem in between the 2 levels.
One nice side benefit: a VERY yummy aftermath! Thanks for looking everyone.
I usually mangle jokes, but this one is worth telling:
A Rottweiler, a German Shepherd and a cat all go to heaven. God asks the Rottweiler to tell him what he has done, to deserve a place in heaven. After hearing the story, God says "That's wonderful! You may sit at my left hand." He then puts the same question to the German Shepherd. After hearing the German Shepherd's reply, he invites the German Shepherd to sit at his right hand. Finally, he puts the same question to that cat. The cat replies: "Dude, you're sitting in my spot".
Since the bird is not that colorful, l like the B&W.
Bill, I really like the composition, but I respectfully disagree with your preference. In the B & W image, the bird blends in with the background. Increased contrast or dodging could fix that, but I thought your exposure was good to start with. In the colour image, the bird stands out nicely.
The assignment sounded like it was straightforward: shoot a stemware glass containing liquid against a dark background. The added challenge was to arrange lighting so as to light the edges of the glass.
Easier said than done. When I originally shot this, I didn't like the reflections on the sides of the glass. When we discussed it in class, Don told me that the reflections are actually a very important part of the image. His suggestion was to arrange my lighting or reflectors, to show the edge of the glass.
I was really pleased with the results of Round 2.
This was shot with:
2 Godox SK-300 strobes, with soft-boxes
24-70/f 2.8 @ 60mm
In case you're wondering, that is NOT a reflection. Turns out that many commercial photographers take this type of shot by inverting one class, then standing another glass on top. Warning: don't knock the glass over; it can get very MESSY.
In Wednesday's class, Don told me that I nailed it. He added this was good enough to use in a mailer to prospective clients. I'll savour this praise for a few days. The next 2 assignments require us to take our game to a higher level.