BTEC – ‘Magic Card’

A percentage of our shots had to be ‘digitally manipulated’.  It wasn’t clear what this meant.  Most of my shots I do are manipulated in some way.  In fact, as I shoot mostly in RAW I have to do some sort of manipulation.  This photo completed for ‘Games’ was more of the classic manipulation variety.  Three layers. Me, the front of the card and the back of the card with transparency added in to get the see through effect.

Magic Card

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….