BTS-Still Life for Vintage Book Lovers
I thought I'd share a behind-the-scenes photo of part of a fall shoot I did recently. I had picked up a vintage book of poetry from a library $1 sale and wanted to shoot it. I picked up the cool jar from the thrift store. I loved the color and texture. I got the fall berry branches from Hobby Lobby and liked the look of them. I decided to use the plain, green wall in our living room as the background because I liked the mood it provided and how it worked with the other natural colors in the scene.
How did I shoot it? (scroll down if you don't want all the details)
For a main light, I used my Westcott Solix LED light at about a 90 degree angle to the left of the diffuser. (A 43", 5 in 1 reflector that I got free, with my education through New York Institute of Photography). Here's a link to a similar one, from Neewer. I clamped some extra pergo planks I had, to a 2'x4' table. I used some foam board on the right as a fill.
For this shoot, I used a Canon 70D because it has the articulating LCD screen (on which you can see the image as I had it framed up) and it makes it easier to see what I'm doing, especially if I am changing angles a lot or shooting from overhead, for a flat lay in stock images. One of these days i'm going to shoot tethered. I will probably love it. I need to JUST DO IT!
*I took the BTS image with my iphone 8+
Below is the final image that I was taking in the BTS photo above. I love how this image came out!
I post processed it in Lightroom and I warmed it up a bit, to accentuate the autumn vibe.
Below are a few images of the same book on an old wooden barrel, that I did using macro. I used different lighting, but the same background. The background looks black due to how I set up the lighting, though.
There's just something about old books...the smell, the yellowed pages, the rugged edges, the worn covers. I love thinking about the story of the book's life. Who may have held it and also read its pages? Was it stored on a bookshelf, coffee table or stored in an old trunk? Did its owner have a family? What kind of house might they have lived in, and where? What type of life did they have? So fun to imagine!
Keywords: autumn, behind the scenes, books, BTS, Canon, fall, library, lighting, macro, objects, old, old books, photography, reading, still life, stock, thrift store finds, vintage, vintage books, Westcott, worn
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