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So I am a little bit late showing the content of this blog. Actually two months late, but I just haven’t had the time to get round to it sooner. Anyway enough of my mitherings.
The blog content was a simple photo shoot in our front room. The star of the show being my long suffering wife (can you believe it, photographing a real person. Do you remember those days?). The reason behind the shoot was to have a bit of fun, and to brush away some of those people photography cobwebs.
Now sorry for this, but there is now a short amount of almost nerdy info for anybody that is interested. You have been warned.
The equipment used was inexpensive and things that we already have and had not tried before (they have literally been sitting in a cupboard waiting for an opportunity).
Of course I can't help myself and have to have a play in the editing stage. I do love an edit. I do, I just do.
Sorry now the nerdy stuff.
We used continuous lighting (just means it is not a flash light, it stays on all of the time).
Here is what we used:
Photo Studio 5 Head Bulbs Holder Soft Box Continuous Softbox Lighting Stand Kit.
This is a two light kit, costs roughly fifty to sixty pounds at present. Now it is by no way the best lighting in the world, the soft boxes are difficult to put together and fit, but for an inexpensive start it is ok and quite bright. Enough to get acceptable shutter speeds.
The actual heads (that hold the 5 bulbs) are actually quite well made. The other upside is that the bulbs (fluorescent supplied) can be changed to LED as and when they need replacing.
We also used a Neewer Camera Photo Video Lighting Kit: 48cm Outer, 55W 5500K Dimmable LED Ring Light, Light Stand, Bluetooth Receiver for Smartphone. Cost roughly £80 at present but £50 for a “used as new” kit.
This is what gives that circular catch light in the eyes when used directly in front of the subject. However just because it is a Ring Light it does not mean you can’t use it like any other light, by moving it around your subject. This is a lot easier to assemble, and also is very bright for what it is.
Sorry went just a little bit sci fi with these ones.
As you can see, in some of the images the ring light was left partially visible. This gives another dimension, the feel of a window, or the porthole on a spaceship. Well to me it does anyway, although I could just have a weird imagination.
For your information, the majority of the images shown were taken at ISO 400, F5, 1/200 sec.
End of nerdy stuff. Promise!
So we had a bit of a laugh, blew away a few of those cobwebs, maybe not all, but that is why it is fun to keep practicing. It’s just like that age old saying “The more practice/work you do, the luckier you get”. So we are hoping to be even luckier in the future with making great images. These images won’t be to everybody’s taste, but that’s fine, each to their own, you can’t please all of the people all of the time sort of thing.
Oh what was that, you did like them, and you would just like to see a few more? You like the weirder edits? Well who am I to disappoint our audience. Here we are then.
So since then, my wife has had a short haircut. I feel another, maybe completely different photoshoot happening soon (if we get the time that is).
Oh one last thing, apparently it's not over until your photography subject sings. So here we are.
We hope you enjoyed this and thanks for taking the time to read it.