This post is one of my first guest posts ever to diyphotographystuff.info. Its written by Márton Gorka (facebook page) a Hungarian amateur photographer who’s images I saw on flickr and asked him to share some of his wisdom with you guys.
The image idea first came up when I saw a Benoit Linard image doing something similar on other site, he used flour and I decided to try create something with the same mood. I wanted to capture an illusion of pouring flour (white) as the background is dark black that’s where the name (“midnight cooking”) for that setup came from. So lets start!
- Saucepan – I used a saucepan, but any type of tank will suite this.
- Whisker – You can use other kitchen gadgets.
- Something to hold the whisker in place
- Black cardboard (backdrop, flags) – if you have a enough room behind the scene you might skip it as the background will stay dark.
- Tripod – something has to hold the camera…
- Flash (I used two) -
Building the seup I used some wood poles, taped together with some duct tape, I actually ordered some lighting stands from eBay, but didn’t imagine how long the shipping time will take, so I had to improvise… The whisker hanged down of a wooden structure I put together, I have the impression you guys can find more ways to hold the whisker, just be creative!
I used a black plain piece of cardboard as a the background for the scene and placed the saucepan
just under the whisker.
I used here two budget flashes and positioned them the way you can see in the setup image:
- CY-20 with a diy snoot set at full power, as it has no power control it was relatively “far” behind the whisker. Aimed behind the whisker.I triggered this one with a radio trigger.
- Nissin Di622 – also with a snoot set to 1/16th full power and in front of the whisker.No trigger needed here, as the Nissin has an optical slave sensor.
- You’d have to play with your flashes to get the best light control you plan.
Basic camera settings and gear used:
- Exposure: 1/200 sec
- Aperture: F22
- ISO: 200
- Focal length: 50mm
- Camera: Canon 40d + 50 F1.8
As youl’d do in any situation, started to play with the caemra and flash settings until I got my desirred image. Pressing the shutter with one hand and pouring the flour with the other. Some really basic Image editing done with GIMP (convertiong to B&W and some curves&sharpening ).
Well this is it, I hope this one will get you started just like Benoit’s image got me started.
TNX ,Márton Gorka!