One of my Christmas gifts was a small set of LED lights I can use for small studio lighting projects. Like this Dragonfruit. A little table top setup with a black cloth and two very bright LED lights, shining on the Dragonfruit to provide drama, detail and color.
This is also my January 1 image of A Picture a Day for a Year.
Studio 1 class opened my eyes to lighting in a refreshing and new way. I’ve posted my class assignment finals and my final project “Antique Woodworking Tools” to my website. The tools gave me a lot of latitude with creativity, and I enjoyed the hours I spent with them. They take on a whole new look with the Contour Shape lighting, very dramatic!
You can see the entire series, as well as class assignments on the main website.
I recently attended a Macro Workshop led by Lou Nettelhorst to improve my macro photography skills. I did learn a lot, and was able to apply some of the recent experience in Studio Lighting as well. And, as always, I learned more about how to better use my Nikon D800!
In two photo sessions, I captured about 130 images. These four were the best of the best.
Another Studio Class image to share: This is an ornament my Grandpa Rohr made a long time ago. I had to really beg for my mom to let me have it for my own tree. Since Grandpa passed away in 1978, it is likely over 50 years old. He made a number of these Christmas Ornaments. He inspired me, and my kids when they were young, to make our own Christmas Ornaments. We did use a couple of “kits” but mostly, I collected “satin” Christmas balls, lots of ribbon, sequins, sharp thin pins, and many more supplies. I still have supplies left, just in case I want to get creative. I don’t put all of them in the tree every year. Some are less robust than others, and I don’t want them to fall apart.
So please enjoy the work of the master and a collage of the work of his apprentices!
I have a few of Great-Grandma Gertrude Altha Shimp Friend’s books. One is an illustrated book of “Shakspere” Works. I used it for a Studio Photography assignment. I thought it would be fun to share the image, as well as the inside bookplate. Gertrude got the book in 1902, which would have been her senior year in high school. Below the image of the book and bookplate is the copyright page. Note the “Cheap Edition” reprinting! Gertrude’s Shakspere is c 1896. Obviously, sometime in the last 100+ years, we started spelling William’s last name to Shakespeare! The book was captured in a Studio assignment on Contrast Control. The bookplate and copyright were captured with an iPhone 6s.