Creating the Perfect Balance With Light
I recently started working on using creative lighting in order to make ordinary subjects appear more beautiful and interesting. I have some other blog posts on this topic already, but I had a few other photos that didn’t fit so I made another post! My subjects were an apple, a strawberry, and a water droplet. With each subject I tried to involve some sort of secondary element in order to add texture and interest. I dropped the apple into a glass of water, for example, creating a small splash. Together with unique lighting, I think it became something actually pretty cool. With the strawberry I happened to have a fire going in the location I was shooting, so I positioned the strawberry in front of the fireplace and used a shallow depth of field to create some interesting bokeh behind the subject. The sugar served to add motion and texture. The water droplet took several tries to get the timing right, and the colors were created by positioning a piece of colored paper so that the bowl reflected those colors. Let me know what you think!
Caryn Esplin has a whole website dedicated to finding the balance in terms of the light in an image. She’s also a great teacher! Check out her website here.