Studio Week

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.

Studio Day

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.