I am looking forward to checking out what the other girls on the MFT team do in their photography, make sure to check them all out on the MFT blog!
Why use a photo tent? I can get nice and consistent photos when I use this set up. Here in BC we generally have overcast skies, so depending on good natural daylight would not be an option for me.
I have 2 OTT lights. One that you can see peeking in the top of my tent to light my background and the cute pink one that I keep to the left side of my project.
One other light I introduce....my flash. This is NOT a typical pop up flash, it is a speedlight that I can angle the head of my flash so that it hits the white side of my photo tent and bounces light back onto my project.
My camera you ask?
Canon 5d Mark II DSLR with a 24-70mm 2.8L lens. It is a pretty serious camera....but I loooove it :)
I use a gray card. Most DSLR's have what is called a "custom white balance" setting. I photograph this gray card and then set my white balance to custom and select the gray card photo. This tells my camera the temperature of the light that I am using. This will help me later when I edit as my whites will be a nice crisp white and not yellow or blue looking.
I also use this gray card to set my shutter speed. This means that I am no longer shooting in automatic settings. I shoot in the "M" mode. I press my shutter half way down to focus and I see a little meter that goes from -2 to +2. I adjust my shutter speed so that the little arrow in the meter is pointing at the "0". Now if this gets a little too tricky....try shooting in the "AV" mode, this way you will be setting the Aperture but the camera will figure out the shutter speed for you. A little more on that later in my post.
These are some of the creative things that you can play with when you move your camera off the automatic settings. I encourage you to try it. Move your camera onto "AV" and then choose you aperture....lots of blur (small number) little bit of blur (larger numbers). In a setting like mine I would choose about 400 ISO and your camera will figure out the rest.
This little post just hardly scratches the surface on what it means to shift over to more manual setting. I have done a lot of my own learning by watching youtube videos. I would highly recommend Mark Wallace from the Adorama learning center.
Hope you enjoyed just seeing a little snipet of my photo process....all the stuff that happens AFTER I make my projects :)
The better that you are at shooting your projects "in camera" the less amount of work you would need to do in editing....which is always a good thing!