Wind up Camera and Low Key Images

This week I was interested to read about a Japanese companies battery-less digital camera.

This camera looks like a box brownie and has a crank handle resembling the film advance lever on a Hasselblad – but it is neither of these things. Powered by either winding the crank handle somewhat like one of those generators some of us used on our push-bike to power the headlight back in the day. Remember those? They would attach to the front fork and had a small wheel that rotated against the front tyre as it turned, generating power for the headlight. The harder you pedalled, the faster you went and the brighter the light!

The other methods of powering this camera are by solar panel or usb. They are 3 megapixel and they have some built in filters for creating funky effects.

Read about it here.

This week in class we took on the challenge of creating some low-key lighting effects in the studio. The students were asked to carefully select their light modifiers and lighting position in order to create mood and effect.


This image was used as an example of low key product photography. How does the image make you feel about the product?

This shot was taken with 2 lights – one rectangular softbox at 90˚ and a second light with snoot at 225˚ to give that slight highlight to the left edge of the lenses and providing a little separation from the background.

The low-key lighting is intended to make you feel the product is sophisticated and high-end. Lighting can play such an important role in creating mood and effect. Try it yourself!

I have a real love of portraiture, particularly environmental portraiture. I think this stems from my 15 years of photojournalism, where nearly every photo had a person in it, often in their work, home or sporting environment.

Working outside the studio on location presents a number of challenges especially when it comes to lighting. Working with the available light and balancing that with additional strobe or reflectors or bounce cards makes for some great results when done well.

I found this article on PhotoShelter this week, about photographer Tony Gale’s tips for shooting environmental portraits. Read all about it! 


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