A gallery of my work organized by year.
Jessica posed for an impromptu shoot with a fantastic iridescent spider web covered fabric back in 2009.Â Â Only a couple of these shots ever saw the light of day until now.Â Â She had no makeup, no hair styling, just her and the drape in front of a white wall.
Over the ensuing six years, my editing skills have improved significantly so I thought I’d see what I can do with them now.Â Â This gallery is the result.Â Â Enjoy.
NSW gallery behind the cut.
While random-surfing through various comp-sci sites looking for something vaguely photography or graphics focused that would also satisfy the programmer in me, I came across a series of articles from the 90s about synthetic lighting.Â Â The premise is that you separate out each light source in a scene, including a shot of ONLY ambient light in order to allow you to do neat things with the lighting in post.Â Â Reconstructing lighting in a physical scene within a digital scene, alterations of light levels, colors, intensities, etc…Â even creating ‘negative’ lights that subtract light from a scene.Â Â Â All of this is the bread-n-butter for 3D artists, mainly because theirÂ entire world is synthetic.Â Â However, for photographers it’s a bit more complicated.
After reading several papers and blog posts about it, I decided to try my hand at a simple demonstration of the technique.Â Â What I did was take a static object and shoot three shots of it.Â Â One ambient, one with a strobe on the left, and one with a strobe on the right.Â Â Then, using some photoshop magic, created an interesting synthetic lighting setup that let me do somethign I could only have done with gels and a lot more fiddling with light levels.
Rather than talk about, let’s get down to the fun.Â Get your camera out, take an ambient shot and a shot with each of two lights individually lighting the same object.Â LOCK DOWN the camera, lights and object.Â You’ll be compositing all three shots together a couple of times during all of this.Â Everything has to line up perfectly.