Friday, June 29, 2012

Don't Look, Don't look...Too Late.



It was just one of those things - just one of those fabulous flings. A trip to a suburban hall on card board wings - just one of those things. Move over, Tin Pan Alley*

I was at a rellies' do - one of those family parties to celebrate something or other and for once I was not drafted into being the photographer. They actually paid money to someone else to do it - quite a novel experience to stand there with a glass in my hand instead of a Nikon.

The photo set-up was a background stand, a draped mottle in neutral grey, and a girl with a DSLR. Where were the lights, I wondered. Apparently just above the pentaprism....considering the age of the DSLR, the quality of the zoom lens in front of it, and the size of the family groups that posed, I cackled to myself as I imagined what the results would look like.

Turns out I was wrong - the photographer sensibly limited the size of prints she made for the clients, shot in RAW and lightened out the dark areas, and had the good sense to stand on a small platform to equalise the distance between her lens and the faces. Her white balance was good, and the grey mottle did not detract from the subjects. I hope she got paid, as the results were worth buying.

All this is written to advertise the fact that we have a small pile of Premier background stand kits sitting in the storeroom and we would like it to be even smaller. They comprise two sturdy light stands and a two-piece center bar in a fitted bag - the whole thing easily transportable. Combine it with a $ 199 muslin backdrop in whatever shade you favour, and you have a darned good basis for a money earner.

 I am not certain you could picture all the ambassadors to the UN on one photo using your 5-year old camera, kit lens, and pop-up flash with this set-up, but then again you might be able to fit in all the ambassadors from countries that pay their bills....At least it would provide the start for a little studio at a wedding or party, and would pay for itself quickly.

* For those of you under 50, look it up.

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Anonymous Harry Max said...

Haha..liked your photography story. Could you explain detail about the kit in this blog, would be convenient if you direct me to the exact link address. Find it pricy but guess it would be worth buying for the results. Fingers crossed.

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It was just one of those things - just one of those fabulous flings. A trip to a suburban hall on card board wings - just one of those things. Move over, Tin Pan Alley*

I was at a rellies' do - one of those family parties to celebrate something or other and for once I was not drafted into being the photographer. They actually paid money to someone else to do it - quite a novel experience to stand there with a glass in my hand instead of a Nikon.

The photo set-up was a background stand, a draped mottle in neutral grey, and a girl with a DSLR. Where were the lights, I wondered. Apparently just above the pentaprism....considering the age of the DSLR, the quality of the zoom lens in front of it, and the size of the family groups that posed, I cackled to myself as I imagined what the results would look like.

Turns out I was wrong - the photographer sensibly limited the size of prints she made for the clients, shot in RAW and lightened out the dark areas, and had the good sense to stand on a small platform to equalise the distance between her lens and the faces. Her white balance was good, and the grey mottle did not detract from the subjects. I hope she got paid, as the results were worth buying.

All this is written to advertise the fact that we have a small pile of Premier background stand kits sitting in the storeroom and we would like it to be even smaller. They comprise two sturdy light stands and a two-piece center bar in a fitted bag - the whole thing easily transportable. Combine it with a $ 199 muslin backdrop in whatever shade you favour, and you have a darned good basis for a money earner.

 I am not certain you could picture all the ambassadors to the UN on one photo using your 5-year old camera, kit lens, and pop-up flash with this set-up, but then again you might be able to fit in all the ambassadors from countries that pay their bills....At least it would provide the start for a little studio at a wedding or party, and would pay for itself quickly.

* For those of you under 50, look it up.

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