Project 52

Weeks 15 & 16 - More Power Tools

Instead of working the assigned image for the next couple of weeks, I followed last week's lead and shot more product images of power tools.  My brother-in-law Pete got a new router kit for Christmas, so I borrowed it one Saturday morning and recreated the set up I used with the drill last week (which was actually a cordless impact driver, not a drill...). 

The first tool in the kit was a Fixed Base Router.  On a fixed based router, the position of the router bit is constant - the depth of the cut does not change until you physically reset the depth of the bit.  Doug set the router up for me after I selected a "nice looking bit."  While the tool in the image below appears to be cordless, I have to admit that it is not, I just removed the cord in post-production as it was distracting in the image.

Fixed Base Router

Fixed Base Router

The second tool in the kit was a Plunge Base Router.  The black accordion like devices allow you to set the cut depth, but then you can plunge the bit into the wood with the base sitting flat on the surface you are cutting.  The power cord was also removed in this image.

Plunge Base Router

Plunge Base Router

The behind the scenes shot is below, but this was a four light set up.  I set up strip boxes on either side of the tool to illuminate the sides and wrap the light around the front a bit.  I used a large piece of white foam core in front of the router to bounce some light up onto the front, and used a small white card to illuminate the Bosch logos and the router bit.  I combined four images in post production with all these various pieces illuminated.  The top of the router was getting lost a bit in the background, so I used a snooted light to aim some light on the top of the tool to give a nice rim to the top edge.  This would be similar to putting a hair light on a human subject to separate their hair / head from the background.  The final light was a spot light placed on the background to give the light grey area behind the tool. 

Apparently, Pete got other power tools for Christmas, and my other brother-in-law, Andy, got a circular saw, so I'm hoping to get a chance to shoot those before they use them and get them dirty! 

Behind-the-Scenes

Behind-the-Scenes