This innovative speaker design offers stunning sound. The photography needed to reflect the mood.
The photographer used two Arri 650T fresnel lights with 300 watt bulbs and two Matthews 48″ x 48″ artificial silk scrims, 1.6 stops. Also used a Rotolight NEO matching the Arri tungsten temperature for the top of the speaker.
Canon 5D MarkIII
Canon 100mm 2.8 macro lens
We used a sheet of black acrylic to create a classic look. There is nothing in the background, but shooting at a 9.0 aperture kept the product in sharp focus while turning the background completely black. This shot is straight out of the camera, no Photoshop adjustments or editing.
The designer requested a size perspective so we added wine glasses for a simple staged product image.
Think you need a full studio to take a terrific dramatic portrait?
This is a simple one light portrait, referred to as “Paramount Lighting” (AKA “Butterfly Lighting”). Paramount Lighting was developed by a photographer at Paramount Studios in the 1930s. It was a dramatic and easy way to take publicity photos of their stars. It was an easy setup and proved to be very dramatic. Read more.
I used a 300 watt daylight fluorescent bulb and a small 16″ square soft-box with one diffuser panel. (No flash, continuous light) Placed above the camera, pointed at the subject. Used a tripod.
Shutter Speed 1/160
50mm 1.4 lens
In Photoshop I posterized the background, and saturated the orange decals.
A simple shot:
Aperture wide open at 1.4
shutter speed 1/125
The dog is napping on the bed. To keep the camera steady I set it on a book. The biggest challenge was waiting for the moment when the sun came around to the right spot through the window; and of course: trusting the subject would remain still! I chose to blow the shot out – no Photoshopping.
Not everything in photography has to be expensive. And the reverse is true – even the best equipment won’t give you excellent photos.
Don’t succumb to the idea: “I’ll fix it in Photoshop”. Capture the best image – bring it into Photoshop when you’re ready to enhance the photo, or correct a blemish.
It’s about lighting. The camera sees the light you allow. If your camera has manual settings you can begin grabbing great shots in a variety of lighting situations. There are 3 main areas to learn – ISO, aperture and shutter speed.
To begin – play with the ISO. Set your camera still. If you have a tripod great – if you have a timer or trigger even better. Despite how still your hand is even pushing the button will jiggle the camera. Remove that element. Begin setting your camera at a low ISO 100 (typically for outdoors). Take a shot – increase to the next available ISO and continue your testing. This exercise will open up to you how your camera is processing at these ISOs.
It’s a simple beginning, with you controlling the camera! Have fun.