Blog 013. Stuck at home? One Camera. Ones Lens. One Light.

Blog 013. Stuck at home? One Camera. One Lens. One Light.

Stuck at home this morning and wandering around I came across one of my guitars sitting in the corner and realised two things. One it would make a pretty cool picture, and two I never actually took any pictures of my guitars. So let’s take a look at the process of how I got from the first snapshot to the final image, and some bad images in between.

At first I thought that this could work out well and that I could get the window into the shot by getting a strobe in.

Once I did, I felt that it was still going to look very flat and that I had to move everything to another room to get the picture I had in mind. A few minutes later I was ready to go in the office and tried the same thing again with a bare strobe positioned overhead.

Although it started to look much better I wasn’t very happy with the hard shadows falling on the background, so I added a light modifier with a diffuser on the strobe to soften up the light. In this case I used the Westcott Rapid Box Octa M.

With this in place I was pretty happy with the light and the setup, so I took a few images and decided to swap a few guitars around.

Finally to finish it off I did a bit of post processing using Capture One and here are the final images.

For anyone wondering this were shot with the following equipment and settings:

  • Camera: Canon EOS R
  • Lens: Canon 35mm 1.4 L
  • Light: Godox AD400Pro
  • Modifier: Westcott Rapid Switch Octa M
  • Settings: ISO100, F/5.6, 1/200s, and 1/8 power on the strobe