Sometimes it’s fun to experiment. Watching the excellent Lighting In Layers book by David Hobby, I saw him doing an extremely simple lighting setup with a frog. I figured, “a fish is kinda like a frog” and since I had some gear that was a bit like what he used, why not give it a try to see if I can make it do the same thing?
Turns out close isn’t always the same unfortunately, but it was a good learning experience. For example I learned the following:
- Shooting with a macro lens that focuses fairly close right against a terrarium isn’t the same as a lens that has a macro mode at 300mm (read: I was shooting from across the room)
- Shooting a stationary frog is a lot different than a moving, agitated fish.
- Shooting with a foam core background isn’t the same as using a random faux-leather binder
- Shooting through water is a heck of a lot different than through air.
After a bunch of work in photoshop (again, this was an experiment) I got the image you see above. The background has been drastically darkened, the foreground has been sharpened and “helped” a bunch, but it’s still a fun enough shot, beyond a snap anyway. Most importantly though, I got out and did something different, put my own spin on someone elses idea, and learned what to do differently next time. And really, that’s all that matters isn’t it?