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the birthday present

since i put in so much effort in wrapping sarah’s present and making the card, i thought, why not do a still-life shoot of them? could be an excellent pictorial record after the wrapping paper gets torn to bits. it did get torn to bits. i hope the card is fine.

here is the set-up for the first picture:

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main light used was a sb-800 through an umbrella with removable backing half removed to control spill of light. grid spotted canon 430ex gelled blue to create the “halo” of blue as well as light the background. the 430ex was powered 1 – 1.5 stops over the main light.

gift was sitting on a  piece of black construction paper with a white corrugated board as the background. both these items just happened to be lying around.

guess what was used to prop the background up?

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the set-up for the second shot just required a quick switch-around:

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main light in pretty much the same position, just that it was shifted off a bit to the left. silver reflector on camera right for fill. what you don’t see in this frame is the position of the backlight. here it is:

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same grid-spotted canon 430ex for highly-directional light. a gold gel was used for the final picture instead of the blue as seen in the picture above. i was experimenting with the colours. the 430ex was powered 1 – 1.5 stops over the main light.

photos were then touched up a little in photoshop.

there you have it – simple strobist 2 light setup that you can also do in the comfort of your bedroom.

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2 responses

  1. Jinhe

    Never knew you were a skilled present wrapper. Everything looks professional indeed, photography, present wrapping and all. The lighting stuff looks kind of daunting, though.

    Sunday April 26, 2009 at 4:31 pm

  2. haha thanks. well, it’s amazing how big a motivator a little desperation can be.

    the lighting stuff is just simple physics. you should try it sometime too. you will get the hang of it fast.

    Sunday April 26, 2009 at 6:29 pm

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