Background Assignment Entries Arriving; Bits and Pieces

I see some of you are already putting up your second assignment, including this effort by Righteye.

(Click on the photo to pull up the tagged background entries so far.)

You still have plenty of time, mind you. But I do occasionally check on you guys.

Meanwhile, back in my neck of the woods, I hit the studio today with dreams of a cool, light-painted product shot dancing in my head.

As it turns out, a bottle of beer is perhaps the most ill-suited item for "light painting" on the face of the earth. All that curved glass gave me fits with my reflections.

So I dropped back and punted, bailing to plan "B." It involved a neat little double-diffused lighting technique that I will put up and explain when the photo actually runs next week.

On those times when you cannot control the reflective quality of the surface of the subject, you just have to create a light source which gives you exactly the gradient reflection that the glass needs. More on that later.

It was actually strange to be lighting in a studio, instead of on location. I used our fancy new Profoto gear, which cost more than my car is worth. Honestly, I'd be scared to cart this stuff around.

I just finished my first of two scheduled podcasts, this one being for It's about a half an hour long, and will be broadcast (podcast?) in early August. I will put up a link when it is live.

I am also supposed to do one for a photo podcast site called "Tips from the Top Floor".

I'll link to that when it is live, too.


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Blogger EssPea Photography said...

Tips From the Top Floor is a great podcast with a great forum attached to it.

In fact I think it is is where I originally found out about Strobist.

July 06, 2006 8:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The link for the "tips from the top floor" is broken though, it looks like you didn't put the http:// in your "a" tag

July 06, 2006 9:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I haven't heard the Tips from the Top Floor podcast. I'll have to check that out.

July 06, 2006 9:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

both of those podcasts are great. There is room for a Strobist podcast, however, should you get the urge to record one in all your spare time. ;-)

July 06, 2006 12:43 PM  
Anonymous Jake Martin said...

There is a good discussion about light painting beer bottles in
"Creative Lighting Techniques" by Dave Montizambert (pgs69-78) if anyone is interested.

I've been trying a few for a local brew pub.

It's a good general book too.

Jake Martin

July 07, 2006 4:01 PM  

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