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.
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
Sigma 105 macro/f2/8
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:
Sigma 105 macro/f2.8
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.
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.