|Project by maplerock||posted 09-11-2013 10:58 PM||1507 views||8 times favorited||11 comments|
A few have asked me about how I photograph my projects. I will give a simple run down on how I do it. It may not help everyone, as I have some equipment that most people don’t. I’ll post a few of my most recent boxes and tell you how I shot them.
I like to “feather the light on my subjects, whether it be a box or a person. Direct flash tends to be harsh, so I try to angle it it get a softer brightness.
I use white paper for my backdrop. It’s available in rolls about 4 feet wide at camera shops or on Amazon. I use an old stand to hang it, but you could hang it any way you want. I like solid backdrops to show the beauty and detail of the project. I don’t want clutter in my picture.
The item to be photographed should be placed to show it as you’d like it to be seen. Sounds simple. If you love the top, angle the item to show that. If you are proud of the hinges be sure to show them. By the same token, If you don’t like something don’t show it in the photo. This little box has a beautiful lid. There is also a dark line through the front that looks like a crack. I chose to highlite the top.
I have three flash heads permanently mounted in my garage. they are on a slave which means when the flash on my camera fires, they fire. If they are angled correctly, and I fire the flash on my camera, they fire and I get the desired effect. I use novatron flashes with a transformer. You can get the whole setup for about $200 used on ebay, sometimes less. Then get a cord or a slave, and you’re set.
I use a Canon 50D camera, but just about any modern camera can work. So… eliminate the clutter, get a solid backdrop, provide ample light, feather it, highlite the features you want to show, and voila! (wah lah!)
-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana