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Filed under: Baby & Child Photography, Product photography, Strobist | Tags: baby, children, clothing, hat, muts, mutske, mutskes, Strobist, wentiti
It seems that @wenti found her creative outlet and to celebrate the unveiling of her new product line I got to turn the house upside down for some funky looking product shots. But of course it’s the mutskes that steal the show.
May I present to you : “pinnemuts”, “bloem”, “pompon” & “bij”.
More pictures & hats will be added to her flickr page. The facebook fan page is in the works! :)
The trick was to find a way to mount the hats, since we don’t have babies in different age groups freely available we turned to balloons instead. At first the balloons were held upright by putting a magnet inside the balloon and one underneath a glossy piece of paper, but 999 balloon bursts and 2 very scared kittens later we went for a different approach: suspend the hats from a crossbar with a nylon thread. (this involves a clever mix of sewing, taping & cursing)
580EX at 1/16 through softbox camera left.
White cardboard (box) for bounce/fill shadow camera right.
FL40 with colored gels underneath shiny surface table aimed at white wall.
Camera on tripod ISO100, 1/200, F4
This week I had a very fun evening session assisting Sofie on her salsa-school shoot. Who would have thought I’d ever set foot in a dance school …. Salsa is about rhythm, I knew the shot I wanted to make but I ran into a bit of a wall when I wanted to combine the ingredients Canon, PocketWizard Plus II, 580EXII and 2nd curtain flash. It just wasn’t possible, but the Nikon CLS system saved the day and claimed victory. I’m sure Sofie will be posting the results of that very soon, so do drop in at her blog.
So I happily played my role as assistant, helping out with the light setups and I got to work on my boom-arm skills!
But I wouldn’t be going home happy if I wouldn’t have been able to make a creative portrait of Tom.
Not your classic Rembrandt model
One in black&white but being the colorful person that Tom is I think color suits him best.
A couple of boring curtains where lit up by a red-gelled-580EX on the background, 1/32th power zoomed at 85mm. Red for salsa passion! I keep finding the amazement on the subjects face very pleasing if they say “wow, where did that red light come from?”. The main light was a vivitar 285HV at 1/16 fired into a silver brolly positioned close to 90° camera left of the subject. Moved in rather close and slightly higher than the subject. Even at 90° the parabolic shape of the umbrella makes the light wrap around the subject and it’s doesn’t look linear. On shot 3 & 4 I payed attention to the fact that a part of the (camera)right eye was visible but that is personal taste.
5D – 50mm – 1.4 – 1/200th – ISO100
Blurb, the popular bookmaking software and printing service finally released version 2.0 of their software. It now lets you design (save & re-use) your custom page templates. They also added a new 30×30 (cm) square format.
Some simple things are still missing, like the option to let you enter the preferred aspect ratio (or custom width & height) of an image container. Nor does it let you resize maintaining the aspect-ratio you just painstakingly chose by dragging those resizing-arrows around.
Now excuse me, I still have a travel book to make!
*UPDATE* not quite was a serious understatement, added to the list …
frankly, still not very useful if you are serious about bookdesign.