Today we are starting out a brand new series called the Anatomy of a Shot. Anytime we have an image that we think you might like the see the details we will post it here. For our first shot I thought I would post about the preview image for the new DSLR course I am teaching at a Beautiful Mess.
We realized only shortly before the site went live that we needed an image that could be cropped in multiple different ways to represent the course. It would have to be able to be a banner, a full photo, and a square. That is a lot to ask of one image so I wanted to come up with something great. I tossed the idea out of shooting cameras with flowers and the ABM team like it.
So the very next morning I went down to, Travis Wholesale, our local flower wholesale to the public shop. Most big cities will have shops like this…google to the rescue! Amanda had called a few shops the day before and knew that one in particular had bright ranunculus, so I headed there. They also had some beautiful bright red and pink anemone, and fresh daffodils. We used every single flower we bought and added in some twists of ribbon to fill any holes. All together my selections looked like this all bundled up.
We set the image up at my home and Amanda, being the brilliant friend she is, came over to help. Originally we had planned to either use a gold paper backdrop or a piece of white board but neither of those felt right. The flowers were so beautiful and the cameras so important to the shot that we didn’t want anything to draw attention away. So we ended up just using the dark metal surface of my coffee table and setting up the entire shoot in my living room. By choosing a darker material the flowers were able to really stand out and the texture of the metal was a nice contrast to the cameras.
Luckily Amanda pulled out her cell phone so we have these images below, showing the depth of the cameras and flowers from the side as we set them up, on the right. And an image where you can see that we were using the window light from behind me and I had to stand on a ladder in order to get high enough to take the actual photo on the left.
What you don’t see here is Amanda holding up a piece of white foam core board on the opposite side of the coffee table from me bouncing light back into the shadows. (She couldn’t get the shot and hold the board at the same time) I could have shot just standing above the table with a wide-angle lens, but if I would have done that the perspective on the cameras that were close to the edge of the frame wouldn’t be right. They would look stretched out and distorted. So I got up higher and used a longer lens to correct the perspective and with a little help from Lightroom for editing. We were able to get this shot:
I’m guessing you want to know the settings? Am I right?
- Aperture F/4
- Shutter Speed 1/100
- ISO 800
If these settings have no meaning to you, you might want to check out the class! If they do, I hope this post helps you with future photographs!
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