March Madness: 07; A Simple Portable Background

March Madness: 07; A Simple Portable Background

A Simple and Easy Background Stand

By Virginia Smith

Every photographer needs a simple portable backdrop for portraits, headshots, product photography.  If we had the budget of Annie Liebowitz then we’d all have Handpainted Oliphant Canvas Backgrounds, only the finest backdrop available to photographers.  But when we’re just starting out or would rather spend the money elsewhere then a simple backdrop can be had for very little money using window shades from Ikea.  Besides being inexpensive, they have a great linen fabric texture and look professional to clients.  You can easily add a texture to look like a handpainted background or as I did for an 70’s yearbook inspired annual report, add a chalkboard background.

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March Madness: 06; One Big Light!

March Madness: 06; One Big Light!

The assignment was to use one very large light source for the shot. Bring it in close, and use the magic of soft, diffused light to present the subject.

The students in the still life workshop also photographed their setups for us. They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Take a look at the photo created, and study the setup for a ‘thousand words’ on how it was done.

Cover image by Catherine Vibert.

Charlotte Larson

The Setup

Craig Ohmer

The Setup

David Travis

The Setup

Frank Grieger

The Setup

Greg Pastuzyn

The Setup

Phil Kirchmeir

The Setup

Shavonne Hoyt

The Setup

Ivan Singer

The Setup

How Would You Shoot a Fork?

HOW WOULD YOU SHOOT A FORK?

IMAGES FROM THE P52 FORK ASSIGNMENT

(NOTE: This is a repost of an article that was corrupted and caused the outage of the site last week.)

“How would you shoot a fork?”

That was the question I asked my Project 52 Students for last week’s assignment. Photograph a fork and make it interesting.

Forks are mundane, utilitarian, and ubiquitous. They are simply everywhere, and people are very used to seeing them. So the challenge is to shoot the fork(s) in a way that makes someone stop and look at a picture of a fork.

I think they did a splendid job on this assignment.