Although I primarily showcase our wedding/portrait work on here, we photograph a wide variety of subjects and genres. So I thought I’d write a post about a fun shoot I did for healer Ayal Hurst the other day. She’s a long-time client of ours and so full of positive energy. It’s always a pleasure working with her. Plus she’s a fellow artist, designing and creating beautiful jewelry and truly unique paintings with depth and dimension like you’ve never seen before! Her and her husband also run a very peaceful Bed No Breakfast downtown.
When photographing Products and art, it’s important to use feathering techniques to prevent hotspots. Feathering the light means not pointing it directly at your subject, but aiming it such that just the softer “edge” of the light source illuminates the product. Here I used a soft-box with 2 SB-800 strobes coming in from the right. Feathering gave me “almost” even illumination across the camera plane. But I added an umbrella with a single SB-800 from the left to fill in and further even out the exposure. All strobes were triggered by an SB-900 Commander on my D3, pointed backwards AWAY from the painting so as not to create any glare, and controlled via RadioPoppers.