With several art prizes, and an arts festival advertising deadline, we've been busy in the studio with art reproduction, including lots of 3D work. Reproducing three dimensional work involves a much different set up than flat images. A repro of a painting or drawing is purely technical - no room for deviation. Three dimensional work however, requires a bit more artistic endeavour. You're sculpting the image with light, and how you light different materials really matter. Jewellery is probably the trickiest - it's shiny and reflective and small. Still, this is my favourite kind of work. In this case, I didn't want the pieces to look like they were straight from a commercial jewellers catalogue, and neither did the client; instead we were aiming for something ethereal, floating in a black void.
I've started work on a new series exploring strong female protagonists in Fairy Tales and Folk Stories (let me know if you know any!) so the girls and I had fun in the studio today getting some action shots. It involved a lot of hamming and karate poses, but we got a few good silhouettes.
Technique: I lit a white backdrop with a single flash unit, had the girls positioned further towards me (and out of the light) and shot with a 60mm lens at f.8. The figures were pretty well silhouetted, but I isolated them in Photoshop and removed any trace of background from around them. I can now drop them into a new layer on 'multiply' to integrate them into an image.