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24 April, 2011 / Rob

Lighting a chair

I was practicing lighting…trying to create negative space by selectively lighting.  I started off with a softbox but the room was too small to create the desolate look I wanted.  So instead I shot straight zoomed in with a bare SB-900.  The results were much better.  The desolate look was instead created in photoshop.  Very rough photoshopping.

I’m a fan of negative space.  The nothingness just adds to an image in a nice calm way…somehow.  When I do portraits I’m going to be looking for nice ways to turn backgrounds into nice textured negative space.  In my mind at the moment it will probably be done with a combination of depth of field and/or composing in fron of backgrounds that have a very different ratio to my subject and blowing it out or darkening it out as the case may be.

I kind of like the way the reflection of the speed light grounds this image, gives it a lot more context.

I like the way the one below looks like it only exists momentarily because of the light.  I don’t know why I added the blue to the highlights, just felt cool…industrial I guess.

The photoshop jobs are rough, but I’m glad I was able to create 90% of what I was picturing in my mind.

Oh, and I started using Lightroom.  The development feels a lot more photographer focused i.e. adjustment/development tools and options make a lot more sense.  But Aperture’s UI and metadata creation, finding, filtering etc is way better.

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