I thought I’d take a few minutes to explain how I took my most recent shot. First of all, this was a special photo for me because it is my grandpa’s old fishing gear. He passed away many years ago and I really miss him. He was one of those guys who was the “real deal.” He said what he meant and he meant what he said. He was the spiritual leader of the house and the entire family looked up to him for it. I took this shot yesterday so I could post it today for Father’s Day.
Ok, so first I just had to set the scene. I used two old wooden drawers to lay things out. One was laid flat and the other was stacked behind to give a backdrop. I thought the wood grain would look nice with the fishing gear. Below is my normal shot taken straight from the camera. Not very exciting is it?
So now let me explain what “light painting” is. Here are the steps…
Now for some tips:
I ended up with two decent shots but I wasn’t thrilled with either one. So, I took the two photos below and blended them in Photoshop. For example, shot #1 didn’t have light on the rod in the top left of the frame. It also didn’t have much on the cork with fish hooks. Shot #2 had too much light on the spinners and the cork. So, a little masking magic was required in Photoshop to blend them together.
After blending the two shots in Photoshop, I then spent some time with sharpening, clarity, contrast, color correction, etc to add extra pizzazz to the photo. The shot below is what I ended up with. Pretty big difference, huh?
Finally, it was time to slap on my normal border and logo to share on Facebook. Voila! This process takes a lot of planning, time, and several attempts to get what you’re looking for. Compare this with the first photo though and I think you’ll agree that it is worth the hassle! Best of all for me is that this photo has now immortalized the scene of some of my cherished memories of my grandfather!
NOTE: I uploaded this last file in a very hi-res format. Click the pic to blow it up and then the “expand” button in the top right to see all the detail in the shot.
If you need a shot like this for some of your old memorabilia, let me know!