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17
M
A
R
2011
6:00 am

Cupcake Surprise

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While playing with the delicious mini cupcakes from Cupcake Yum.Yum (and yes that is bacon in icing), I had an accidental miss fire of the main light and saw something interesting I didn't expect. 

The cupcake wrappers really reflected the blue light from the flash below more than I thought possible. So I veered off from the normal shot I was trying to get to chase one a little off the beaten path. The background is still lit by a flash with a red gel on it, but it is now over exposed which pushed the red into a yellow/orange mixture. The overhead softbox is off and the blue glow from below is a flash with a blue gel on it. 

The gels are from a Rosco sample pack I bought years ago. They are the perfect size to fit over the head of a flash except for a hole in it for it to be attached to a key ring. Sometimes if you don't position the gel right it can let some of the white light come through. Often this doesn't do much beyond diluting the color you are looking to achieve, but here I believe the white light is partially causing the yellow color of the background.

I wouldn't say this photograph presents the cupcakes in a tasty way, but it is eye catching and sometimes that is the point of a photograph. One of the things I normally do when building a photograph like this is take a photograph with each light individually so I can see what each specific flash is doing and then build from there. I shoot these photos that way. I put the flashes where I thought I wanted them and then at the end added the blue gel under the cupcakes just because I thought it might add a nice element and glow to the base. 

You can see more photographs in the gallery.

16
M
A
R
2011
6:00 am

Cupcake Yum.Yum

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First I have to say these were absolutely delicious. I took some photos of the owner of Cupcake Yum.Yum and as a thank you gift she gave me some tasty treats. I decided to play with my food before eating them. If you follow the link you'll see some of the photos I took.

In a way I used the cupcakes as a way to play. Experimenting and trying (and failing) is a great deal of what is necessary to better understand how light works and how objects react. Sometimes they do things you'd never expect. And you'll see the results of that if you take a look at the gallery.

For those interested in the setup, I had the cupcakes sittings on a piece of Plexiglas which was on top of a piece of paper. The paper was a roll of 1 yard wide by 25 yards long white paper at Staples meant for making banner, but was fairly cheap compared to some of the "photo" background paper rolls I've seen. The paper was sitting on some books to allow for room to light the objects from below.

I used three flashes for the cupcake photographs. One was in a softbox above the cupcakes with a grid on it to control the spread of light so it wouldn't contaminate the background too much. Another flash was set behind the white background with a red filter on it. I pointed that one at the white wall behind the paper to help diffuse it a little. And a third flash had a blue filter on it and was placed underneath the white paper in front of the cupcakes to light them from below. At one point I added a piece of white cardboard below the white paper to keep the blue light from spilling onto the wall and being mixed with the red light. 

Tomorrow I'll talk about one of the things that surprised me about the photo shoot.

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14
F
E
B
2011
10:16 pm

Hearts Desire

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Perfect for your desktop screen or wall are a collection of photographs themed for Valentine's Day. See more here

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