Ok, here’s another WIP shot. Right, now that’s out of the way I want to talk about my other love; Photography. This pic was taken at my desk with no special lighting set up, no tripod,no lightbox and no photoshop. I used my trusty Canon DSLR 7D and a hotshoe flash. If you’re not familiar with a hotshoe flash then it’s that big black box that clips on the top of the camera. You might be thinking why clip a flash onto a camera when the camera comes with one? Well, it’s simple. The hotshoe flash can pivot and turn around. in this instance I pointed the flash at the ceiling (which is white, and a great reflector) to get bounce light on the subject. If you use direct flash it can create ghastly shadows, it’s almost always best to bounce the light, it’s so much softer and more natural looking. So there you go, quick and easy desk photography that I can just pick up and shoot with. Want to know more? Let me know in the comments and I might do another photography post on hotshoe flashes.
I use a £45 flash from yongnou. There no TTL (thru the lens – basically, auto) but I know how to set up a camera and flash and I actually find the auto feature awful and limiting.
- Jeff G
Please do a post on this style of photography….tired of taking cell phone pics.
£45 flash unit but £700+ camera depending on what glass is stuck on the front !
This was shot on a canon 500d. Second hand are around £200 and comes with a kit lens. Doesn't have to be expensive.
Why did you say it was taken with a 7D in the write up then ?
I apologise, I own both cameras and confused myself. I've had both cameras on my desk recently. I could take exactly the same picture as above on my 500d so my point still stands.
Anyway, this post isn't about expense. It's about convenience. It's about picking up and grabbing a camera and taking some quick snaps that are well lit and show the details. I'd much rather a £45 flash over having to wait for a sunny day or buying a light box and lamps.
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Nice one garf. These are my some of favourite posts.
I'm still struggling to create photos like that. This had given me food for thought. What price range do you think it's acceptable?