Project 52

Assignment 24 - Free Shoot

This week in Project 52 was either a breeze or stressful, depending on the type of person you are.  We were given an opportunity to play catch up - make up a missed assignment, redo something we didn't like when we originally submitted it, or go completely off the reservation and try something of our own choosing.  While there were a few assignments I could've redone, I decided on a combination of "shoot a shiny object" (week 11) and doing something new.  

While wandering around CVS with a 25% off coupon burning a hole in my pocket, I bought several bottles of nail polish to use as props.  One was a bottle of Essie  - shimmery and deep blue.  The color is called "lots of lux."    While in the checkout line, I began to think of how to shoot it to make it really stand out.  

Original image

Original image

The next night, I found myself in line at Michael's with another 25% off coupon, buying some silver milar, a piece of glittery scrapbook paper and some fake crystals.  I got home, excited to put it all on a table and shoot it.   I went with the silver milar pinned to the backdrop with a blue gelled light aimed at it.  I spread the crystals on a piece of glass and sat the Essie behind them.

After spending HOURS trying to get the silver milar to be a proper backdrop, I decided to simplify.  I put the scrapbook paper on the backdrop instead and shot away.  In addition to the blue light on the background, I had one light overhead, and the Essie bottle surrounded by white cards.  I made a few tweaks here and there, filling in with some black cards to get rid of areas where the light was shining through the glass funny, and ended up combining about four shots in Photoshop.  The original image is to the right.

During the review, the instructor suggested a few tweaks to make the cap stand out more and to adjust where the horizon line in the photo fell.  I've made those adjustments and here is the final product:

The reshoot

The reshoot

I purchased some other nail polishes during my CVS trip, so I'll be having another go at small bottles soon and if I like how they turn out, I'll be posting them to my Instagram feed.  

Next week's assignment is to shoot an Advertorial (those multi-paged ads you see in magazines) for a perfume company.  The layout has three images, so I've borrowed my sister-in-law's Christmas present - a bottle of Pleasures, by Estee Lauder - and I've contacted a model.  Come back next week to see what I created!