Old And “Textury”…No, It’s Not A Selfie!
March 2, 2015 § 6 Comments
My last blog was about using a bright color to draw the eye to an area of a photograph. This time I’m focusing (no pun intended) on another one of my favorite elements of composition…texture. I love lighting something in such a way as to accent any texture a subject may have. If I’m doing a portrait of a woman, I’ll minimize the texture on the skin, while increasing it in the hair and clothing. My favorite things to shoot are still life subjects, and my favorite still life subjects are old things. The images I’m showing today, are a series of set-ups I did this past week. Since I was going to use my Streamlight flashlight, I was able to set everything up in a spare bedroom. I didn’t need a lot of space for lights etc., so all of these shots were done in a space about 5′ wide and from camera to subject it was about 8′. Great since my studio is like an icebox right now! I set an old piece of wood across the arms of a loveseat in the room and draped a black cloth over the back of the loveseat and tucked it behind the board. All I needed was a tripod, camera, lens, and the flashlight. Using the flashlight, I’m able to cross-light a subject to bring out the texture and then pull back and use a broader sweeping motion for a general fill. You can see in the broom and dustpan shot how I was able to create a small shaft of light on the broom, something I’d have to use a snoot for if I was using strobes. Also, let me point out that the Cleveland Browns images may not be “historically” correct. I don’t know if they were still using leather helmets when the Cleveland Browns came into existence…this is my pre-emptive move since I’m sure someone will point out any inaccuracies in my images! :D. One last thing, if I look at one of my images and feel I’d like to add more texture, I use Topaz Adjust or Topaz Detail to bring out more of the texture. Hope you enjoy this, and as always, feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
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