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Macro around the home

Happy Sunday fellow bloggers! I hope where ever you are in the World, you have had a great weekend with some lovely weather. It’s rather cold and grey here in Nottinghamshire so I thought I would type up a little post of one of my photo projects that I did last week.

From time to time I like to set up my make shift studio at home and shoot a few product shots. On this occasion I wanted to use things from around my kitchen. I had seen a few ideas on Pinterest and wanted to try some out. For this particular idea it was macro shots with cutlery so I chose forks as my choice of subject. This is the link to the page where I got some of my inspiration from – Macro Photography.

For my set up I had two photoSEL standing lights, one 4-in-1 reflector, an on camera speedlight, 100mm macro lens, one tabletop white backdrop and whatever I used as my subject choice.
I usually have my setup in my dining room which I use my dining table pushed up against the french doors as there is great natural light coming through the doors as well as the windows. I have one standing light on each side of the table which I position quite low to the height of the table and also depending on how bright the natural light is.
I lay my backdrop half on the table and half weighted down on the window ledge so that its kind of balancing against the wall and onto the table.  I position my reflector correctly depending on the light and where I place my subject and that is about the main bulk of my studio set up. I am then ready to shoot away.

With this particular shot, I used two forks either side of each other and the prongs interlinking so it made a little ledge in the middle to which I wanted to balance an egg.
I’ve seen this done so many times and it looked great so I wanted to give it a go.
My camera settings for this shot was f3.5, ISO 100, shutter 1/60, my speedlight setting was 1/16. This was the final result after edit.
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For my next shot I used four forks, three of which I tried to balance on top of one another but on the back side of them which is very difficult actually and had to have very steady hands. The forth fork was placed in front of the other three on the up side.
My camera settings for this was f3.5 ISO 100, shutter 1/200 and speedlight 1/16.
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Nothing really fancy with that last shot, however, it was the lines and angles that I thought looked interesting.

So with my final shot, it’s a little bit different. Just a single fork with this and I also used a reflective, crinkled card which was red and laid the fork on its side facing the lights so that it would get a nice reflection from both the lights and the reflective card.
My camera settings were f3.5, ISO 100, shutter 1/60 and speedlight 1/16. Not a lot to this photo as you can see, however, I loved how the red gave this image a completely different feel and look. This was the final edit.
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There you are, simple shots but quite effective in their own way.
I hope you enjoyed this little project and do give it a try, its quite fun and enjoyable and the bonus is that you’re practising and learning at the same time.

I’ll catch you all next time 🙂

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Mirrored effect

Yay for Friday!!!!  I hope you guys have had a great week and looking forward to the weekend? I know I am 🙂
So for this week I haven’t really been taking that many more photo’s apart from a few product shots that I did in my make shift studio at home, however, this post is about another little challenge that I got round to trying out. It’s nothing amazing beyond any stretch of imagination. It was just so I could see how it was done and if I could do anything with it. What I wanted to try and learn was doing the ‘mirrored’ effect with your image in photoshop. I googled on how to do this and found such an easy, well explained article which went through it with you step by step. Here is the link – Flip, rotate and mirror.
I tried this out yesterday on a old image that I took a couple of days ago of the oil and water mixture. My camera settings for this were f3.5, ISO 100 and shutter speed of 1/160.IMG_3720.jpg
I took this picture into photoshop and followed the instructions on how to apply the mirror effect. After trying it a couple of times to get the right look, this is was the result.merging layers bubbles.jpg
It was so much fun, trying to get different rotation and effects not to mention all the different blend modes that you could work with. I tried it again this morning with some fairly newish images.I shall give you the before and after just so you can see the difference.


As you can see, complete transformation from just and image to artistic patterns.
I am quite in love with this now and I can see me doing more of these.
As I said at the start of my post, it’s nothing amazingly new. I bet all of you on here already knew how to do this. I was quite excited on learning this and loved the results.
Well that’s my little creative post for this week. Thanks for stopping by and I will catch you next time 🙂

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Trying to stay creative

Today’s post is all about finding ways in which to improve.
In my spare time I always try to find inspiration, whether its from blog posts, photography pages, tutorials or just the usual social media sites.

This morning I read a good article which also gave you a short video clip  – Creative ways to photograph Wedding rings. I thought some of these were very clever and the finished product looked stunning. As I’ve already had a go at photographing my wedding rings, I thought I’d try again after having watched this video baring in mind that I don’t own half the stuff this guy was using. I improvised and used what I had and gave it a go.

So my first image, I used two Photosel standing lights, a 4 in 1 reflector and used the silver cover. I had a white tabletop backdrop and a handheld portable led light to add in a bit of extra light. My camera settings were as follows – ISO 100, F3.2 and shutter speed of 1/200. I had a canon 540EZ speedlight and used my 100mm macro lens so I could really home in on the sapphire of my engagement ring. This was my finished product for this particular shot.
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My second image I used all the same lighting, backdrop and reflector. For my bokeh, I used two types of tinsel that I haven’t yet put away from Christmas ( shocking I know ) one blue and one purple to give some nice colour. I also used two silver tablespoons that I positioned quite close to my handheld led light to give off a nice reflection onto the rings. My camera settings were – ISO 100, f2.8, shutter speed 1/200 and the same macro lens.
This was the finished shot .
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As you can see from my photo’s to the ones in the video, I couldn’t quite get the two different sorts of lighting as he used a tungsten light to give that warm look and he had other lighting to which I haven’t yet got. I just wanted to show you that you can still produce quite a good shot even if you don’t always have the right equipment. Its also very good practice for when you do finely get the right lights or props etc.
This is good for me to do as I will be shooting my first wedding in March and I need all the practice and advice going 🙂

Well folks, I hope you enjoyed this little post and hope you’re all having a great Tuesday.
See you next time 🙂