Today I have really struggled for inspiration, but ironically I really now like this final image. It’s possibly one of my favourites so far. It’s a pocket-sized spirit level that belonged to my late Grandad (similar to the letter opener). It sits in my bedside drawer with a few other bits of his, and I have no intention of ever using it, just a little something to remember him by. I like the shot as I’ve managed to keep the text sharp and clear whilst the shadows highlight the dirt and dust ingrained in the nooks, giving it a really used look.
As with a lot of my still life shots, it was relatively straight forward to set up. Again low lighting (dimmer switch) and a torch to provide the highlights – the same technique I used for Cham-Noir a few days ago. This was actually the very first shot I took. I continued to take another 40-50 shots, but its this one I finally went with. Once I got it into Photoshop I added a Black & White Layer (my preferred method of converting colour to black and white) to desaturate the image. I brought the reds and yellows right down before adjusting the levels to darken the image. All that remained was to apply a slightly warm tint and that was it! Done. Nice and easy – thankfully!
I’ve learnt two new things today – firstly on my camera I’ve now discovered how to adjust the exposure when shooting in Av (Aperture Priority) mode. Not overly exciting – but useful all the same, and something I probably should have known already. The second thing was about saving my Photoshop images as jpegs, and which format to use. Previously I’ve just let Photoshop do all the thinking and left it as Standard – however I found this article on twitter which was very useful. And I’ve used the Progressive setting today (and will probably stick with it moving forwards) as it should lend itself to loading the webpage quicker.
See, interesting and informative – I’m going to have to start charging for this stuff soon! : )
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