I explored some side lighting this week for week four of my Still Life studies. The above shot was a test shot with my Olympus OMD M5 to see if I could make it work in a still life situation.
The answer is yes.
I shot these on a plastic tub with a white sheet thrown on top of it. The tub is full of things that we are temporarily storing due to the upcoming remodel of our house. I layered a photo of cracked paint over it and the lettering.
Here is a shot with my Nikon D5200.
I like the harsh shadows created in this shot and the coffee cup handle. I'm pretty sure that I won't do a white sheet again as this one has nice wrinkles in it but the lines show up in a disturbing way.
So I decided to try some layering.
Icky! This layer just makes the sheet look dirty and cast a yellowish shadow over everything.
Better but the sheet still takes away from this shot.
One more edit to take the eyes away from that?
Better, but I should have changed things up for this shot. I say "DO over!"
While studying light and side lighting, we were to try diffused lighting also. So I set my little .10 cent birdy up on the dresser near the window and dropped a gauzy shower curtain over the window.
I went for the black backround and bottom. I used a black poster board and curved it so the subject sat with total black around it.
I took a few shots [Nikon D5200]. And I really like this. It doesn't follow the rule of thirds nor is there a limited depth of focus, but I wanted everything to be in focus this week.
Bucking the lesson, so to speak.
Yes! I like this!
I saw no reason to change a thing. I like the diffused light, I like the white on black, I like the subtle shades of pink, the reflection in the glass dish, and the starkness of the image.
For me? Perfect!