Since many children have returned and others are headed back to school in the coming weeks, I figured it was a good time to do some continuing photographic education of my own. Thanks to B&H Photo and Video in New York City, the "go to" place for photo, video, audio, and computers, I did just that. My lessons were enhanced by their periodic videos and written tips for photographers of all stripes. Each one has something that answers a question or sparks the creative juices. One of the topics this week was the basic three point lighting concept. I have used the light shown below for lighting subjects from people to inanimate objects. It was relatively inexpensive and works well as a back light, providing fill behind the subject. So I photographed it, complete with fingerprints.
Then I took my "thrifty photographer" backdrop outside to an area that renders near-three point light itself, to capture the final, saturated phase of roses. As always, the idea is to vary the angle or backdrop enough to make the subject more interesting. Of course, I do look for a traditional "botanical" look as well.
For all photos here, shot with the sheet backdrop, I let the folds become part of the images.
The accordion fold on the right side of the photograph below seems to be parting for the rose closeup.
Finally, rose on glass.
I hope each of you is able to embrace some continuing education this week, regardless of the form it takes!
Thanks to Steve, Jean and Sam, Terry T., Barbara F. R., Susie, and Wayne for contributing to my C. E. this week!
until next Monday,
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