Monday, March 22, 2010

The "Creation" behind the image.

Last Friday I promised a follow up on my last post with some pictures of how I created the image. The "behind the scenes" part of that image so to speak.

First I took the crate I use for a light stand and took the books out of it and put my Nalgene bottles in it. But I wanted light to stream though the cracks ... (It's after dark. Where am I going to find bright light to stream through those cracks?) Well, you make it. 

We all know that the difference between a good image and a bad image is usually the use of light ... and sometimes the total lack thereof.

So here is what I did. 

I took my tripod and flipped the pole around so I could hang my camera upside down underneath.  That way, I could achieve the depth of field I desired without getting camera shake. 

I took my flash, set it on top of the crate and pointed it toward my reflector. Now there would be a big spread of light hitting the backside of the crate. This way it doesn't look like a flash was just set behind the box. Instead it actually makes everything outside the box over-expose just as if it were good old-fashioned sunlight. (Note that the upside-down book titled Waking the Dead (by John Eldrege) is a crucial element in making this image. HAHA. I'm just kidding. But hey, since it's in the picture you may as well know what it is. I haven't finished it. But I love the message so far. Quite worth the time to read.) 

The Flashlight. This flashlight is a special flashlight designed for fancy smancy light only. It cost me something like $380!!!! Actually, it only cost like $20. And that's good news for my photographer followers. I used this for my fill light. I added the gel filter to give it a warmer tone ... approximate cost for that was nothing. 

Put all these elements together and you get two things: one, your family wondering where the lightning storm outside your windows came from, and two, an image that gives the feeling of being outside. 

I will endeavor to post every night this week but I would beg you to be sure to read this upcoming Thursday morning's post. It will be on a subject that I hold very dearly and would love it if you would take the time to check it out. 

Signing off for today. God bless your socks off,

Capture. Create. Discover.
Something Amazing!


  1. Nice lighting setup! I thought that you had taken the picture with the sun streaming through a window. Thanks for showing us the setup. Very cool!

  2. Glad you enjoyed it! It was just a fun little project.

  3. How cool is that?! Pretty cool. Mmhmmm.