BTEC – ‘Multi-Monopoly’

This was completed for “Games”.  I wanted to get macro-shots of all the tokens in a monopoly set.  As colour is an import part of the Monopoly board, I wanted to incorporate all the colours too.  As part of the digital manipulation requirement I used  Photoshop to build the final image.

Multi-MonopolyIn case you weren’t sure which version of Monopoly this is from, it is the “Stoke-on-Trent” version.

Strobist…..Vivitar

I’ve been lucky enough to get hold of some Vivitar flashes.  Two 285s and one 283.  I bought them off a guy from work.  They also come with a couple of optical sensors, which means I can now trigger four flashes using my two Phottix Strato II triggers.  The other flash is my Nikon SB-900.

The Vivitar flashes are pretty basic, with 4 stop difference in flash power.  However they are supposedly robust, so I will use them for outdoor shoots and see how they get on. Here’s a picture of them with one of the optical triggers.

Flashes

Putting it all together

As we’ve been attempting portrait photography on my course I thought I should have a go with some of the bits and bobs I’ve been collecting. For the pictures below the basic setup was a single Nikon SB-900 flash triggered with some cactus remote triggers  (which are very good… except sometimes it looks like the sync speed is completely out, as I get banding) positioned front, right and above and a grey background I recently bought.

The top two photos use an umbrella as a diffuser, and the bottom two are with a bare flash.  For each set,the picture on the right has a reflector positioned bottom left.

monkey

I reckon, based on this set of pictures, the flash without the umbrella, and the the reflector are the way to go.

They we go.  Practise run over….