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First efforts at Indoor Photography

Discussion in 'All Other Images Forum' started by Lindsay Pennell, Jan 12, 2019.

  1. Lindsay Pennell

    Lindsay Pennell Active Member Premium Member

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    Every day that I've not been at work for weeks now has been dull, not always raining but very dull, you know, f2.8 or wider weather. So in desperation, I bought some cheap continuous lights and soft boxes off Amazon and some card backgrounds, and set up a mini-studio of sorts in my workshop. There were two 85w lights in soft boxes each at 45 degrees from the subject. Camera is D500, Sigma 105mm lens, f2.8 1/320 sec, ISO was auto and crept up to 2200. That tells me the lights weren't strong enough, maybe I could have managed without the soft boxes. Anyway, I'd be interested in any comments please:

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    It was entitled "A Clean Pair of Heels"
     
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  2. Roger S

    Roger S Crazy Canuck Administrator

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    You have a surprisingly deep DOF here, considering the f/2.8. That's a good thing. The lighting angles work good, as does the card b/g, so other than maybe a bit brighter light, the overall is working fine.
     
  3. Lindsay Pennell

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    Thanks Roger. It's a genre I want to do more of, given the dull weather!
     
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  6. Lindsay Pennell

    Lindsay Pennell Active Member Premium Member

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    I've had another bash, triggered by the 52 challenge I'm doing on another forum: "Open Sesame"

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    rebel06 Without a cause Moderator

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    Think a touch more blacks or contrast needed.
     
  8. Lindsay Pennell

    Lindsay Pennell Active Member Premium Member

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    I did play with those controls in Affinity and took them as far as I thought possible. Maybe I'll process the raw file again but in Lightroom instead and see how it works.
     
  9. Ozzie_Traveller

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    G'day Lindsay

    A 10/10 from me for what you're doing :)

    I would imagine that your little studio also has space for a tripod - and that would allow you to do decent long exposures therefore providing F22-ish possibilities for max DoF

    Otherwise I'd simply say .... "got any more mate?"
    Phil
     
  10. Lindsay Pennell

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    Thanks Phil, I have a number of subject ideas to try within this genre so I will indeed be doing more.
    My "studio" is actually my garage, which I had lined and insulated to become a workshop for building an aeroplane. However (a) it wasn't big enough to build the wings or fuselage, and (b) I stopped flying, so I gave that up, but it is still configured as a workshop with big benches in, so I've managed to squeeze two light stands in and I'm taking photos by lying on one of the workbenches! I could use a tripod on top of the bench but the gymnastics become even more challenging then, so I think I'll have to ditch one of the workbenches to make it into more of a studio room instead.
    Cheers mate!
     
  11. Ozzie_Traveller

    Ozzie_Traveller Old Hand Premium Member

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    You could also try a block of 3 x 1-1/2" X 6" long - screw a 1/4" Whitworth bolt into it - chop off bolt head - attach ball & socket head ....... nice little table top tripod that goes anywhere around the studio :)
    Phil
     
  12. Lindsay Pennell

    Lindsay Pennell Active Member Premium Member

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    Good idea - but I've already shifted one of the benches out of the way, having been prompted by your post above! I plan to use the same setup to shoot some of the bits of aeroplane, the tools and so on, to see what happens.
     

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