After about 30 minutes of solid negotiation with the clerk, I left the shop with a pair of knockoff “deats” headphones. Yes deats, not beats…because instead of a “b” on the earpiece, there was a “d.” They were candy apple red, which fits into my general style of using a big, bold color palette. I’ve seen a lot of images of headphones, so I wanted to try a few different options, to see if I could come up with something that fit my style but also something unique.
My first attempt was the headphones hanging in the air, accentuated by a spot light on the back. I strung up the headphones using fishing wire and got them in the approximate angle I wanted to clearly show the “d” logo but also show some of the inner earpiece and construction. I used a 24” x 36” softbox to camera left to illuminate the front earpiece with the d. I used a 10” x 36” strip box to camera right to fill in some of the details and to give some definition to the bridge of the headphones. I also had a white card underneath the headphones to help shape the underside of the headphones. On the backdrop, I shone a light with a grid and a reflector, one shot with a red gel and one without. The results are below:
I then put the headphones on a table top with red and black paper as the backdrop underneath, similar to other shots I’ve taken recently. The first shot attempted to show the entire headset. I used a similar softbox/strip box lighting set up in this image, but put the light with the grid pointing directly at the back of the headset to cast a dark forward shadow to give dimension. I then got closer, focusing only on the earpiece and the d, using the same lighting set up. I think I prefer the close up shot between these two:
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With the holidays getting closer, free time is getting tighter, so I haven’t had a chance to plan next week’s shoot. I’m thinking neckties (I got some ugly ones!) so come back next week to see where I landed!