[ coming soon ] – Tiny Ballet Slippers
Posted on 21 May 2012
It’s funny writing your own blog. The decision whether to post about one thing or another is not always clear. I mean, in the proper marketing sense one is supposed to stick to a very clear message, and limit content to only the most salient of subjects. In reality, those blogs bore me to death. So some days I’ll talk about a recent project for an interesting client, another day a personal project, yet another day it’s just personal aimless ramblings (usually those get deleted before I post).
Today it’s actually about a little, ‘no-big-deal’ photo that I took for fun, that seems to have garnered lots of attention on Jessica’s Facebook page. It started out as a gift we received at her baby shower. Looking at them a couple of days later, an idea popped into my head. Nothing complicated, but certainly fun and a little bit silly.
I took these incredibly cute, tiny pink ballet slippers and put them on a gray seamless paper, in fact the exact roll of paper I use all the time for corporate headshots. I then used a studio flash with a special modifier called a ‘grid’ to create the spotlight effect. Believe it or not, I actually shot it in broad daylight, in the studio. The secret is that the studio flash is so bright, that it almost completely overwhelms the natural room light, thereby creating the effect of being on a dark stage.
I have a few images in my portfolio that people often think I shot as one photo, which are in fact the result of multiple shots and a lot of highly advanced photoshop work. That’s par for the course these days, and it frees me up to be really creative in circumstances where the cost of doing it in real life would be completely prohibitive. So you might look at a photo like this, and assume I used photoshop to make it. Not so. This is exactly the way the camera saw it. All I did was boost the color a little bit, crop it for the Facebook cover size, and add the text.
Less is almost always more.
And here’s the original: