Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Ceramics by Cherie Peyton

The other day another SQ1 artist, Cherie, asked me to photograph some of her ceramic work. I felt joy, as I knew that this would give me a chance to work with some finely finished lace like pieces that cast terrific shadows. Three different ceramic bowls, in three slightly different looks and levels of drama.

By the way I did consider experimenting with a soft shadow, but that turned out to be not as good as non diffused lighting. I suspected this, as sharp lighting seems to be used in art reference books for this sort of thing. Noting beats learning though doing.

And of course a square combo for instagram / job contact sheet.

The setup was mostly a top center flash with honeycomb. But of course each shot had specific fine tuning, like with a front softbox and speedlites at various angles. Tethering into Darktable. Incidentally, I figured out two things: 1) portrait orientation gives uneven horizontal exposure, as this became visible when everything in the scene was symmetrical; and 2) when correcting for whitebalance in post, tune to the second histogram peak rather than the first peak.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Yoshi's ceramics 2

As another installment of photographing Yoshi's ceramics work, this set corresponds to a wood fired batch produced earlier this year.