After taking a few months off for the holidays, I am back at it! Challenging my creativity by following directions from photographers in the “How To” Section of Popular Photography Magazine
This month I chose my project from the May 2016 Popular Photography. The photogrpaher is Chuck Bradley, a professional photographer out of Syndey, Australia. I have been excited to do this project because I love his photographs of fish. And Beta fish have a special place in my heart. Here are a few of his photos.
The following picture was my set up!
Bradley warned about reflections being a problem for this type of shoot. And, he was very right. I shot for half a day modifying the lights and cards to try and get rid of my relection. He recommended wearing black and having all the lights off excpet the strobe modeling lights. I wore all black and the room was dark. But, my hands and forehead kept showing up, sometimes in multiple spots on the tank.
After running into multiple problems with reflections I decided to change it up and shoot how I normally do when I photograph my fish. I brought the tank to a window lit room, plugged in our RPS Studio 1000 watt LED, placed it above the tank at full power, and started shooting. I had less reflection problems and the fish became more active. The following photos are some of my results. The red one is a dragon tail Beta and named Buddha. The yellow one is a Paradise Beta and his name is Bob Ross.
I loved doing this “How to” Challenge. Although, I failed at producing an image the way Bradley did, I was happy with the results I got doing it my way. This challenge definitley sparked my creativity and got me back into doing something I love, photographing fish. And, that is exactly the reason I am doing a series like this. I hope you all enjoy!! Until Next Time!!
February 15, 2017 at 2:52 pm
Very helpful information, Rebecca. Thanks for sharing your insights and images with us. Jim Cunningham
August 3, 2017 at 3:08 am
Wow, this was a wonderful read. Thank you. I so appreciate the information that you have shared.