Year Two (133) – Canon Professional Day

I got to go to a Canon Professional Day in Kent this week, and what an amazing experience it was, I got to have a go with a Canon 5D mark iv and a 85mm 1.2L portrait lens which has been on my maybe list for a while, I got to meet with like minded professionals, explore an amazing venue and learn lots of hints and ideas from one of the Canon Ambassadors.

Sadly not mine – but I got to use it!

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Year Two (103) – The ring shot

I wanted to work our how to take an iconic shot of a wedding ring, that makes a heart … so it was time to take a few moments to experiment. I used a bible, the flashlight on my i phone, I wanted to be able to recreate it in any situation… so it had to be things I had to hand as wedding rings are very important. Continue reading

Year Two (87) – Scavenger Hunt Revisit

A year ago my camera club did a scavenger hunt – earlier this week they repeated the activity, only this year fewer members came along for the challenge -and I have come to realise very few photographers in the group taking photos out of their preferred subject but for me that is part of the challenge, and an evening where you are sent off with a subject to capture … helps you get to know other club members, see what their skills are and how flexible their approach is … it is not about the most amazing images imo it is about seeing how people think and work as a team.

This year we were in teams of 4,  we had 2 hours to choose 6 photos from 6 subjects – take the images, resize and rename them before judging! Continue reading

Year Two (58) – Adding Extra

Taking photos is fun, deciding on ways to use and share those photos is even better – and the recent shoot that I undertook made me think it was time to add some more images to my greeting card collection – and the frogs jumped to my attention.

Tree Frog
Tree Frog – birthday cards!

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Year Two (55) – Learning

Monday night was members night at Southampton Camera Club, where 4 brave (or foolish) club members stand up in front of the rest of the membership and share something fascinating about their photography, and what an enlighting evening it was… with members talking about a variety of topics.

Colour Calibration

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Year Two (43) – Controversial

Today’s post is more controversial than usual, it is not necessarily a nice topic and perhaps is not for the person who is easily offended – so if you are then please do not click read more…

However there are times when all photographers have to photograph things outside there immediate comfort zone, maybe they need an image that tells a particular story, something they feel uncomfortable with, the challenge then is to decide whether to publish those images or whether just to hide them away…

Behind the scenes
Behind the scenes

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Year Two (37) – Abstract Art

The topics for the Old Bakery are sometimes obscure and a little odd, sometimes you instinctively think that you know what you can create based on that theme,, others a little but more challenging – partly because you have to take all your equipment and props with you, and partly because it is how you incorporate the subject. Continue reading

Year Two (35) – Playing in the Woods

I have been shown one of two different abstract effects recently that I you can take in camera, so this weekend I headed off to visit the bluebells with a prop, and some ideas to try something different.

These are the results of my experiments.

Back in the Bluebell wood
Back in the Bluebell wood

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Year Two (28) Food Photography

This week’s themed shoot at the Old Bakery is food photography, I have no idea what is planned as I am unable to tutor this week, so instead I decided I would try an Old Bakery food themed shoot at home and share it instead. There is a really simple post on food photography here – but I had an idea to try something a little bit different.

“The Old Bakery” is the perfect logo for a food photo – so I thought I would create something a little bit different and shoot my food in the dark using my Ipad as the background.

My miniature fairy cakes

These were baked by my 16 year old daughter, I took them in manual mode at ISo100, F2.8, 1/200 sec with window light behind -this is my subject but I wanted to create something different without really using photoshop. One of the photographers who comes to the group commented recently that it was easy for us that knew how to edit, he wanted to get in in camera… so my thought was to capture food creatively in camera with the help of technology, but adding the artwork in camera.

Behind the scenes – not very exciting!

So this is my set up – my dinning room table – my camera on a tripod with a flash trigger on top – a sheet of black paper with glass on top to make a reflection with the cakes on, my ipad with the logo I wanted on, and my flash with the trigger and a homemade snood (a piece of paper rolled round it to create a narrow beam of light).

The challenge was to get the blacks black, the whites white and the cake to show up… I experimented a little and ended up with 1/128th manual flash – ISO 124, F2.4 and 1/20th sec.

Old Bakery Cakes – in camera no editing, except a square crop!

I then took the Old Bakery Image and inverted in (ctrl i) and took the same image again with a white background and changed the crop. The white image added more light to the image so I had to change the settings – I love the clean lines of the end result, and it is amazing that the set up is exactly the same as the above shot. The font is very soft, due to the shallow depth of field, and the light bleeding into each other – but I love it.

Settings ISO100, F2.8, 1/15sec and flash still 1/128th power. The only editing was a different crop and adding a border in photoshop.

Old Bakery Ipad Image

I could not leave it there I had one more idea to try, what happens if you increase the aperture – less light enters the photo, which means that I can increase the shutter speed – which therefore means I can move the Ipad and drag it across the image to use it to paint light into the image – the moving Ipad adds the curving lines, and the flash at the start to the image lightens the cakes. The basic image was just 4 coloured stripes on a black screen.

ISO 100, F20, 4 sec exposure, ISO100 and 1/128th flash, and no editing other than to choose my crop, you can even see where my movement of the ipad was not completely smooth.

Food photography with a moving Ipad background

I am looking forward to seeing what the group photographed and I would love to hear whether you have used your ipad as a image background before … it is definitely something I think would come in useful.