Well, you know the technic but you don’t know what to shoot, Carmen, a good friend of mine working as a pro photographer told me just to keep doing and make pauses if necessary She said so with other words but at the end of the day, I think that’s what she meant.
Last tuesday, I just thought : I would like to have a picture of my corner, my desk, the spot I spend quite a lot of hours retouching pictures. But honestly, I thought the white walls would be boring to see on the pic. And I made this to a challenge, a self assignment.
To simplify, I use a tripod.
Here is the scene with nothing done :
The picture on my screen is one by Joe McNally, so I needed to change that (I was just reading his last article of his blog before I started). This is my desk and my pictures on the wall.
OK, let’s add a splash of light, just to see what’s happening.
Not a pleasing picture, but the idea to give some light to some areas is not bad. Let’s play around with the power.
OK, I realized I need to gel the strobe (snoot aming at a fourniture, the light hits it and goes back to the wall you see on the picture) and then to play with the power. No measure taken at this point.
It’s dark but that’s ok, it’s not my main light.
Time to add another light, orange gelled, just a bare strobe with the gel on it with no modifier. I use quadras heads set on the B ports to get a low output of power.
I removed a few items from the desk and I have selected a picture on mine figuring a naked woman with sushis on her body, a shot I did last year.
It’s time to set my main light : a gridded snoot aiming at me with no gel, set at ƒ8. This is the only light I metered. I cropped the shot because I love the 4×3 format and that was it! deal done !