Skateboard product shoot

I recently did a product shoot for a local sport shop. They had some low cost (OK… cheap!) skateboards. Here are two images from the shoot. I prefer the one with the red background. But also like the blue background.

The skateboard was suspended with wires, which were (obviously) removed in post production.

Nikon D3200,

Joys of tethered shooting

Just a short post.  I have been discovering the joys of tethered shooting with my Nikon D200 in the studio. It really does vastly improve workflow.  The 5m USB cable allows me to move around and make lighting and staging changes much much more quickly and see almost immediate results onscreen.

I need to get a cable for my other camera now.

Wishing I’d have done this long ago.

New studio lights and tests.

Last week I bought myself three Neewer 300J monoblock heads (Mactop MT300-AM). Yes I know they are cheap, but they are brilliant. they are very well made. So far I can’t fault them. I’ll  report on them periodically.

Here are two of the early results:

I used one strobe with a white diffuser for background lighting, and the keylight to the right had a 50cm by 70cm softbox attached.  I need to do a better set up for lighting the bottle labels, but I’ll get that sorted soon.

Just for fun, here’s a quick shot of the Bourbon shoot staging…

Wine glass collisions

I have been having more splashing fun today. This time I’ve been swinging wine glasses into each other! OK so they are made of plastic

To help get the timing right I used a Pluto trigger (in audio mode) I’ve had the trigger for a while now, but have only just started to use it. I have to admit that I am very happy with how well it works.

I used my Nikon D3200 at f/11, ISO 400. Shutter was at 1/200s, but it’s really the short duration flash from the two speedlights (both set to 1/8th power) that was the important factor in the exposure. The flash duration would have been around 1/2000 th sec.

Splashing progress

I’ve discovered I really enjoy fluid/liquid photography and am experimenting with it more and more. I can get a bit messy, but the good ol’ paddling pool comes in very handy for catching pretty much all the spilled liquid.

Today I’ve had fun with some stuck together acrylic “ice cubes” and a plastic whiskey glass.

Both were taken with a Nikon D3200 (f/11, 1/200s, ISO 100, 50mm f/1.8 prime), and two speedlights at 1/16th power.

As previously, I used artificial whisky (I still can’t bring myself to throw it around!)

These two images are part of a series – I will be working on refinements in the next day or so.

Dynamic ink

A friend recently game me some Brusho crystal colour. She thought I might like to see how the powder might photograph in water. I have to say, I’ve not had so much fun in a long time! I had a plastic “goldfish bowl” so almost filled it with water and sprinkled some of the powder onto the water surface… not quite knowing what to expect. Let me just say I was more than happy at what I saw… so I sprinkled some more (different colour) onto the water surface. I can’t describe what I saw so here’s just some of the photos (you may have guessed these are inverted!) …

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I took 110 shots while sprinkling the crystals (or powder) into the water in the hope of making a manually timed time lapse. The result can be seen on Vimeo – Dynamic Ink  – my very first “arty” video.

Since taking these shots I have acquired a small, plastic, parallel sided tank. The early test shots are very pleasing 🙂

Mushroom splashing

On Thursday last week my new speedlight arrived… so, of course, I had to try it out. Yes, I decided to do some more water splash pictures, but with a two speedlight setup   Here are some of the images.

Nikon D3200 ISO 400, f/11, 1/200s. To the right of the tank was my Nikon SB-600 at 1/16 power (with “barn doors” attached). To the left was the new Neewer NW 660III set at 1/32 power (with a makeshift barn door!).

The two shots below show just one result of dropping one mushroom onto a floating one. The dropped mushroom fell from about a metre above the water surface.

And here is an accidental shot of me placing the floating mushroom!

I should add that I was in two minds about purchasing the Neewer speedlight, it was cheap, but I needed a second speedlight, so I took the plunge (sorry!)  I have to say that I am super-impressed with it. It’s well made and seems robust. The only thing I can find wrong with it is that it doesn’t retain settings following a power off.  There might be a setting to retain settings, but I’ve not found it yet. The instruction book, in Chinese and English is a joy. I’m not being rude here, I find the translation a delight… and it makes me work hard to make full sense of it 🙂


Fruit splashing

A while ago I acquired a fish tank for free! So today I finally got around to trying larger scale splash photography. Camera is a Nikon D3200 at f/11, ISO 400. Shutter speed was set at 1/200s, but with the flash (Nikon SB-600) set to 1/16 power, the flash controlled the exposure.