I wanted to try something new. Okay, maybe 3 somethings new.
I posted a beauty shoot recently where I tried three different on set approaches that I have never done before. I'm always looking for new photo effects and not just something I can do in post work. I've tried to stick to the motto "get it in camera" rather than fix it in post. I think if you keep that standard for your work you will keep the bar set high for others while maintaining a unique style. Here's what I experienced with these new techniques.
/// GELS ///
I saw a tutorial on Phlearn that got me all geeked out about gels. So I ordered a pack of basic 10x12 ROES gel sheets from B&H Photo. At the time I didn't have more than a Nikon strobe flash and a couple of garage clamp lamps to work with. I was finally able to achieve the look I wanted around 2 am after hours of setup, testing, and trial/error, plus help from my ever patient subject (husband).
To be fair the diagram depicts a blue gel camera right and I believe it was more of a blue green. I tried just about every color in the gel pack. It was fun to experiment and reminded me of mixing paint colors like back in the art school days. I definitely want to take this effect further.
/// PRISMING ///
I first learned about prisming from photographer, Sam Hurd. Definitely check out his blog to see more samples. In short, prisming is simply holding a prism (which you can buy here) and slowly move it in front of the lens; watching it reflect and catch light before your eyes as you release the shutter. The key is to have an awesome light source like the sun or you could even try it at night with something like carnival lights. Whatever you want; be creative. I shot the photo below outside on a cloudy day with my Canon 5D Mark II and the Canon 50mm f/1.8 lens.
Since this initial shoot I have tried prisming again. I had somewhat of a success but still think I need more practice. I haven't quite achieved the full on rainbow I have seen in other photos.
/// FREE LENSING ///
Free lensing is pretty much what it sounds like. You basically remove your lens from the front camera attachment but keep it pressed against the camera body. Then slightly rotate the lens allowing light in through the sides as you focus your camera on the subject and release the shutter. I would recommend using either the Canon 50mm or 85mm. I had a couple of misses and some very blurred snaps. Eventually I grabbed a few keeper shots by selecting my focus and having my subject stay very still. The whole free lensing process took no more than 10 minutes and I ended up with a nice SOOC effect.
If you haven't tried any of these effects I would highly suggest you get out there and try something different. Maybe even 3 somethings different. It will only make you a better photographer. Happy snapping!
: cheers :
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