This wee I decided to focus on shooting entertainment-themed images, i.e. games and toys, inspired by my previous images of lego.
Friendship – my intention with this image was to produce something that might, for instance, be found on the wall of a young child’s playroom. I kept it simple, aligning two lego animals on a table and aiming my flash at the wall behind them. I wasn’t happy with the background, so I opened up a blank document in Photoshop, created a circle gradient, and pasted the animals on top of it.
The Flash – for me, this photo epitomizes a ‘make-do’ image; I placed my tripod in the parking lot of the Wanderers’ Club, after a disappointing meeting with one of the photography clubs I belong to. I had no remote trigger, but I set my shutter speed to around 3″ and hoped for the best.
The Beautiful Game – I’ve wanted to play with the shadows on my foosball table for a while now, and thought it fit very well with week’s theme. As you can see by the slight haziness in the top right corner, I placed my flash just outside the frame of the image, to create high contrast, some slight silhouettes, and gorgeous long shadows.
Dominoes – I aimed to create a slightly high-key image, with high contrast, bright highlights, and deep shadows. My undiffused flash was placed behind and to the side of the dominoes, until I was happy with the direction of the shadows. I played with the composition, but in the end I preferred the images where I was slightly above the subject.
Ghosted die – This is my first image where I played with using more than one flash, and with Slave Mode (when an external flash is triggered by the light of another flash). I set my shutter speed to 15 seconds, and because my external flash is not Canon, I set my on-camera flash to second-curtain shutter sync. Then I placed a dice on a piece of white paper, started the exposure, and rolled two other die past the first one every three seconds.
Among the fallen – in this image I tried to personify the chess pieces, using harsh back-flash and a reflector. I’ll let the rest of the image speak for itself.
House of cards – I had so much fun lighting this scene, I’ll definitely be doing more experimenting with lighting from now on. I used my on-camera flash for fill-light, held my external flash (set to Slave Mode) directly over the cards, and then used my little LED light as backlight (I used a shutter-speed of 13 seconds to ensure the LED had an effect).
Enjoy the rest of your week!