Those of you who read our magazine might have noticed a number of low-lighting photos in one of our articles in the current issue. I wanted to add a bit of a different look to that specific article, but it was a time consuming process. I thought I would share a little bit of the behind-the-scenes process with you. It took quite a while to get all the shots of the different tools I discussed in the article, but (I think) it was worth it.
Below is my shop today. The large crate wasn't in my shop when I took the rest of the photos.
This is my shop, from the same angle, during the shoot for this Porter Cable grinder. I have a camera on the tripod, a number of shop-made white surfaces to reflect light off of and a number of painted black surfaces that help cover up some of the white surfaces nearby. This setup turned out to be for the image we used in the magazine.
This is one of the many photos I took as I adjusted the lighting, angles, exposure, etc. It was tricky to get as much of the photo completely black, especially with all the white surfaces nearby.
This is the final shot, after about 30 images were taken. It's dark pretty much everywhere except the wood, the tool and some of myself. There is no Photoshoping here whatsoever. This is right out of the camera.
Since coming on with the magazine I have been trying to up the photo quality. It's a difficult job, but I think it's an important one. I am still learning the ropes when it comes to lighting, composition, etc., but it has been fun. Hopefully the results make it worth it. Just thought some of you might like to see some of the processes involved with putting this article together. Enjoy!