Sunday, March 28, 2010
I could have just set it on a table and shot it or on seamless but they wanted a photo that looked like a real installation. The problem was there was no installation here to photograph and they did not want to spend money sending me to a client location.
Instead we faked it and here is how.
We found a spot that allowed me to use my 80-200 mm lens and frame the valve perfectly while insuring the background was out of focus.
We then set the pipe on sawhorses and clamped the pipe with an industrial size clamp to keep it from rolling. For lighting I used a shoot-through panel on the right of the camera so my highligfhts would be big across the valve and pipe. A lightbox on the left to add a highlight on the side of the valve.
An umbrella with blue gel hitting the background. The reason for the blue is to make the background darker visually and that makes the valve stand out more. Finally a light underneath the valve pointed straight up and with a yellow gel to act as an accent light, the opposite of the blue.
Take My Class: Lighting on Location