Week 12 - Close Up Of The Latest Electronic Gizmo
I spent a couple of days researching the latest electronic gizmos...bluetooth speakers, apple watches, top 10 lists from the last consumer electronics show and tech magazines. I kept coming back to a drone. Doug volunteered to buy (himself) a drone, but I nixed that idea. I put out a "please help" post on Facebook to see if anyone I knew owned a drone that I could photograph, on the ground, i.e. not in a situation where I might damage it. One friend said her husband was waiting for a stiff wind to knock his out of a tree. Since the weather had been picture perfect, waiting for a breeze didn't seem like it would fit my timeline. Another friend wrote to volunteer the drone that her husband and sons had made, so I jumped at the chance.
After receiving a demo on how to fly the drone, I quickly relinquished the remote control to its owner and set to work on my photograph. The brief was to feature a small (no larger than 4" x 4") area of the gadget across a double page spread of a brochure. I wanted to shoot the object so that one side was red and one was blue - to mimic the lights on a real jet or the look of a flight at the break of dawn. I decided on a picture of the rotor - the rest of the body seemed generic.
I didn't want the main part of the image, the center of the rotor blades, to be directly in the gutter of the brochure (where the two facing pages of a magazine come together), so I made sure I offset the image slightly. The base of the rotor was a metallic green, so I added a green gel to one of my flashes back lighting that part of the drone to accentuate that color. I then added a flash with a blue gel focused on the right most rotor and some of the background, but the blue didn't light up the rotor enough. I combined the blue with a magenta gel and that seemed to give the pop for which I was looking. My final addition was a grid on a speedlight with a red gel on the left most rotor.
Here is the resulting image:
Next week's brief is another product shot. However, we have the opportunity to shoot whatever product we choose in any size / shape / style we prefer. I'm looking to improve on shooting bottles, so I'm leaning toward a wine bottle image. We'll see where I get!