2013. március 26., kedd

28/52 Black and Blue

I’m a bit behind with my project, so I made two pictures last week and I think it is obvious that the second one is much better. However much I like to photograph myself, I have to admit, Zsófi looks much better on photos.

We wanted to make a few simple, but cool beauty shots and hoped that we’d get over with it pretty fast, because we all had a ton of stuff to deal with. Well as you may have guessed, that’s not how it went, we spent most of the photoshoot laughing uncontrollably at the messed up photos. I was literally crying and rolling on the ground…

Somehow it just never worked out, there was always a problem with each image, I had some problems with directing her posing, most of the time her facial expression was too blank, or if not, then she was having a laughing fit. The way I finally managed to motivate her, was to tell her to imagine that David Tennant or John Barrowman is standing beside me and she is posing for them. Suddenly I managed to take a few keepers… :)

This week I also have more stuff in the technical department (a whole DIY project), so if you are not a photographer, you might find the rest of the post a bit boring, but if you are, then the fun stuff is just starting for you!

Technical Department

So last week I mentioned that I bought a couple of polystyrene boards in the hardware store and it was about time I used it! This week I went all DIY, everything from the backdrop to the light modifiers was made by me.

The first part of this shoot was to make the V-cards, which were pretty simple, I just duct taped the sides of two 1 m by 0,5 m polystyrene boards then glued the two together (check out the pictures below)

This is probably one of the cheapest large light sources you can use, since making one costs about $2.50 (less than a dollar for a 1x0,5 board + duct tape). I stacked two of these on top of each other to make a huge full body light. I put a single speedlight on a light stand at about head height, angled a bit down and into the V-shape. This was my key light.

My second light was a hairlight positioned camera right, I wanted to spice things up a bit, so I put a blue gel on it, that matched the blue dress pretty well, I think. The background holder is an older DIY build (http://gorkaphoto.blogspot.hu/2013/03/how-to-build-cheap-photo-background.html), I just hanged a piece of black material on it that I bought in IKEA as a backdrop. I added a white reflector board (another piece of Styrofoam board, $1 is not so bad for a reflector, eh?) on the right side to fill the shadows a bit. All super simple DIY stuff and it created some really beautiful light.

Settings for the shot:
Exposure: 1/160 sec
Aperture: F8
ISO: 100
Focal length: 50mm
Camera: Canon 40D + EF 50mm F1.8

I also did a bit of tripod pimping today, I added a Manfrotto head to my Hama tripod... well not the best combo, but it is so much better then that crappy plastic head, hopefully I'll soon have enough money to buy new tripod legs too.

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