Still-life / Studio photography:
These are a selection of still life photography done in the Dublin studio. Some are done as part of my portfolio and some are commercial shots. The shot of the Nike football boots in their box was done as a portfolio piece and I used three lights with snoots and barn doors to get those narrow, pointed beams that highlight the exact areas that I wanted to create that almost glowing effect. It also means the light on the box falls away right outside the main area of interest. I used a relatively short depth-of-field and later used photoshop to soften the edges, to bring your eye back into the middle of the shot. I love to do still life photography as you get to control exactly where the light falls on your subject and it can be very creative.
The corkscrew shot is pretty abstract and is done using a diffuse material screen with two backlights fitted with ‘barndoor’ adapters to channel the light. Both were then diffused with a trace scrim. Some gels were then added for drama and contrast/colour. Having done the set-up I did some polaroid tests to get the effect I wanted and then shot it on film with a Hassleblad with a 150mm lens and macro adaptors. It was done using a combination of tungsten and flash light.
The little frog in a test tube was done very simply, on location using a hassleblad film camera with available light, and a few reflectors. Its all about the dept of field.
The seahorse was photographed with a macro lens adaptor and using a opaque surface set on glass, with one soft light coming through the background and one light illuminating the actual item. A very simple setup, with no fancy photoshop tricks, the lighting setup allows the seahorse to become transparent.
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