Friday, June 17, 2011
Packing It In
Some days, you just want to pack your stuff in a box and hit the road. After a week like this past one, I would be happy just to find myself with busfare in my pocket and shoes on my feet. Somewhere between Monday morning and today, I promised Nancy that I would do make some images of her vintage suitcase collection. I figured a still-life photo session was just what the doctor ordered. I never would have guessed it to be even the slightest bit difficult.
What I found was that for all of my product photography, most of what I have done has been fairly small, usually under 14" tall. That's not too big. By taking up most of my shooting table, and stacking these suitcases three and four high, I found myself with new issues that I'd never faced before.
The biggest issue was running out of light to throw at the scene. Never had that issue before. Mind you, these strobes aren't underpowered but the way I normally shoot with them is to have them dialed WAY down.
After looking at the images I made yesterday I was very disappointed. I wanted to see more detail, more texture... more punch. So, rather than try to fight it with bigger harder light, I went to bed. Yep, I figured that sleep would give me better answers than arguing with my strobes. Woke up and thought about what David Hobby had to say about setting up a scene. His suggestion was to start by determining the influence you want the ambient light to play in the image, then slowly add one light just a bit at a time. I dont think he could have given me more pertinent advice!
After all was said and done, I'm not leaving home and joining the circus. Heck, the lions are at the gate and the ponies run wild through our living room. Nope, I am going to keep playing with these lights and enjoying the little surprises they send my way. Thanks David!