I was interested to read in the Smithsonian magazine this week about photographer Mark Laita’s latest project to photograph snakes. Great shots, and he was bitten by a Black Mamba!
This week I’ve been shooting various things from corporate head shots, flowers and curved metal surfaces in the form of wedding bands.
The wedding bands present problems of lighting and lighting direction. As the surface of the bands is highly reflective, an effective light envelope was required to eliminate reflecting any of the many objects in the studio including the camera.
I used direct reflections on the bands to illuminate the surface and white bounce cards to gobo the studio interior. Angling the bands helped me avoid the camera reflecting.
This week in class we have been experimenting with shutter speed, shooting portraits in the studio with 4 lights and creating contact sheets of our images to include in workbooks and responding to briefs.
Here is a little video on creating contact sheets in Lightroom for those still trying to remember it.