Still Life simple setup

Hi, I hope you had a fantastic Weekend.

As for me, I have been playing a bit as you will see on this post…

Even that winter is coming to an end, its nice from time to time to stay indoors, but sometimes its the problem of what to photograph. So this weekend, I was playing with a very simple setup, a couple of glasses and after, I grabed a small bottle of Coke.

The setup was a 60cms by 60cms softbox with a Nikon Speedlight at 1/4 power at 17mm, sitting just behind a small table with a blass glass top, (great for reflections)and  a couple of black cardboard pieces


I had my camera with a 70-200mm on a tripod and had a remote to trigger the camera. The settings on the camera were 1/15 of second, f/11, ISO100 and the lens was at 150mm. As you also may see on the image above, I had the the 2 pieces of card board on both sides of the bottle, the reason for that is very simple, I wanted a white background, but also wanted the edges of the bottle to be darker, therefore have a definition and separation of the bottle from the background and the reason of such a slow shutter speed, is just to allow to have detail on the front of the bottle and the liquid.

Here is the final result


Now, lets change a bit the setup, lets get rid of one of the cards and put the remaining card behind the bottle…


As you can see, super easy!
So, lets check the camera settings. The shutter speed was increased to 1/150th of a second, so it will only capture any light from the speedlight, and in regards to settings, I didn’t change anything else.

And here is the result


As you can see, I got a black background with some hightlights on the edge to separate the bottle of the background and to enhance the shape of the bottle. It worked as I planned but I had no detail on the label as there was nothing lighting it, so I just grabed a tourch and iluminated the label 😁

As you can see with a small andcheap setup, you can achieve some cool images!

I sure hope that this post inspires you to try this out. I would love to see what you come up with, using this setup.
Have a great week,
Miguel 

Add a subject to your cityscape images

Hi everyone, I hope you had a great week.

Today I want to share with you something cool that happened to me during holidays season…

As you know I live in London and throught out the year, its a beautiful city, however during the holidays season, it becomes a lot more iluminated and beautiful, as I have a very soft spot for lights and night photography, Me and my wife and son went for a nice walk.

Of course, I was ready to capture some lights, but there was a particular image that for the first couple of seconds of shooting, I wasn’t very happy. I’ll explain!

There I was with my camera all setup on my trusty tripod, remote trigger in my hand ready to shoot until a gentleman stops in front of me playing with his phone. Well, even that I didn’t want him on my image, I started taking my set of bracketed images, so I could see if I had the right settings and if the composition was as I visualized.

All was good and he kept walking in front of me, then he stopped, maybe he was on Twitter    Talking about me, or just checking is Facebook feed, but as I saw him a bit still, I had the idea of including him on the image, so I started shooting and thinking to myself”please, don’t move”.

Well, he did move a bit but I got the sequence of brackets, and to be honest, as soon as I started processing the images, I realized that thanks to him, I had created a more compelling image.

So, here is my advice, if this happens to you, don’t give up, start taking some photos, even if someone is walking in front of you, it may help you create a rather more pleasing image 😉

I hope this post inspires you!

Have a fantastic Weekend,

Miguel