After only one month, I can truthfully say that Project 52 is helping me learn new things with every assignment.
In our latest assignment, I learned that ad agencies use tear sheets, to prove to the client that the ad was actually published. Our assignment was to go through magazine ads and identify ads that we thought that we could realistically duplicate with the resources available to us.
Our second Project 52 assignment was to create a vision statement, then use an image to illustrate it. My vision: I love making images because they help me to tell stories about people, animals, events, objects and scenery.
Believe it or not, I shot this with a 70-300 lens, using 95mm focal length. For lighting I used two 300W studio strobes that I recently acquired. I didn't bother with modifiers.
Shutter Speed 1/100
The big challenge was making sure that light fall-off was kept to an absolute minimum. I really had to play with this, and wound up using almost full power on both strobes. However, I eventually got the "look" that I was after.
This was the first time that I have used strobes. I can guarantee you that it won't be the last.
One of my camera club's summer assignments was bottles. By happy coincidence, we bought some wine during our Okanagan holiday. Because photographing wine bottles has previously been outside my "wheel house", I would welcome some feedback before I submit them.
I shot all images at
For lighting I used a speedlight that was either behind a home-made scrim or mounted in a Westcott soft-box. I also used a white core foam core on the opposite side of the speed-light.
The latest Photoshop CC 2018 Upgrade has made my Nik plug-ins disappear. While I used to know how to re-install them, I'm embarrassed to admit that I have completely forgotten. Does anyone remember how? Many thanks in advance.