In this post I’ll be sharing my best five photos I’ve taken to for my photomedia project ‘The White Queen.’ I would usually take photos with my Canon 50D but due to an unfortunate accident where I damaged my only lens for the camera so I had to pull out my back up an Olympus E300.
It was so strange and surreal like meeting an old friend that you haven’t seen in a long time, it’s so different than my canon so I had to spend a day getting reacquainted with it. After a few technical issues like how am I going to use my studio flash when I can’t attach it to the camera, I found a slow but suitable solution.
With the help of my mum I took this self-portrait style shot (find out how I created this look,) I used a studio flash with a softbox next to my camera so that light was front on but focused on the face. I always use a softbox or diffuser umbrella to soften the light from the flash.
Since the character I created was mostly in light colours I knew that I would need a dark background if I was to successfully impose it into my final image without having any colour bounce like say if I had used a green or yellow background.
This image I took a few years ago at the mount lofty botanical gardens and since I didn’t really have the time at this point in time to go back up there I thought this would make an adequate background.
I used photoshop to edit all my images in this post, i prefer to do a basic edit of my raw files and then adjust each layer once they are all in my work file.
I took the two images above using a portable light box and my soft box, I attached the watches individually to a piece of dowling and sat it above the box. I used the detachable black background that came with the light box so that the images would be easy to cut out later in photoshop.
For my final image I scanned these pages in from an old book ‘Gone with the wind’ to be exact and kept the white background of the scanner lid to make it easy to cut out later.
For those of you who are following my blog that are studying the CERTIFICATE IV IN DESIGN (SPECIALISING IN DIGITAL DESIGN) and are interested in knowing where or how I use some of the mentioned equipment comment below and i’ll do a future post on my studio setup and how you can set up one on a budget like i did.