Over this past year, when I wanted to shoot random household objects (aka Still Life?), I’ve had to clear off a part of my ‘dinner’ table (which is where my work computer is set up for telecommuting, I don’t eat there unless I’m eating while working) and had to rely on either sunlight or the overhead light for my lighting. But recently I got the idea of setting up an old small dinette table in my basement to use as my ‘studio.’ I purchased a couple flexible neck clamp lights and some daylight-colored CFLs from Wal-mart, laid out some printer paper, and viola, I have a studio, of sorts. Obviously this isn’t sufficient to shoot people, but the space could be set up for that, if I ever decide to shoot things that are alive 🙂 It’s right near a window, so I can get some sunlight, depending on time of day/year.
I enjoyed moving the lights around, turing them on/off, and just observing the effect they had on the toy. I’m not sure if I like the translucent reflectors on these lights, but they may be able to act as a soft box. Guess I’ve got more experimenting to do!
While I knew I wanted to test out my new setup tonight, I didn’t know what to shoot. I was thinking of just grabbing the first interesting shape I saw, just to practice with, but on my way home tonight I passed the scene of a structure fire. Having been a volunteer fire fighter and knowing a few still, I chose a toy fire truck, in honor of those who put their life on the line for others, every day, most of them as unpaid volunteers.