Shooting Metal

Yesterday, we received another assignment for product lighting class. This time, we were instructed to photograph something made mostly of metal and at least somewhat reflective. I chose this small trash can because of its general size and shape. I learned quite a bit while doing this assignment, particularly concerning the angles at which reflectors have to be placed. There were no lights directly shining on the object. Instead, I had them bouncing off of large white panels.




One of our current assignments in product lighting class is to photograph fabric. Going in, I had no idea how I was going to do this. After playing in the studio for about an hour, an idea came to me. I decided to have the fabric hanging from a clip, with some colored shapes in the background. The fabric that I chose is a vibrant blue color, so I decided to make the background an equally vibrant magenta.


A Framed Moment

An assignment from a couple of weeks ago was to photograph someone in a frame. The frame could be any number of things, like trees or other people, but I decided to keep things simple. At my church, there is a place we call the prayer garden. Inside is a bench, and as you walk in, you pass through a wooden arch. For this shot, I photographed through the side of the arch at a friend on the bench.


Off-Camera Flash

A recent assignment was to look through techniques found on a couple of specific websites and attempt to recreate one of them. We were told that the one we chose had to incorporate the use of off-camera flash. I chose a shooting style called “Flash and Blur,” found at this website. The technique involves having the subject lit only by a strobe, and the background lit only by ambient light. Using a slow shutter speed, the background can be motion blurred. The subject, however, stays sharp due to the quick pop of the flash.


Objects in Available Light

One of the assignments that I and my fellow students had due this week was to photograph an object of our choosing using only light that occurred naturally. For my shot, I chose to shoot indoors using light coming in from a window. I set up on a desk that I cleared off, with an ironing board in front of it for extra room. For the objects, we were allowed to use whatever we wanted, given that it was not shiny or reflective. I chose to use rusty spikes because I like their texture.


The Baseball Assignment

One of the major assignments for Small Format class during summer semester is to photograph baseball. We are required to turn in several images, mostly showing action. In this particular image, Columbia’s first baseman Josh Sealey slides into second base as High Point-Thomasville’s second baseman Cameron Cecil attempts to get a double play. Sealey was out, but the throw to first was not in time. The HiToms went on to win the game with a final score of 6-3.