Fresh from the success of the first school I was automatically signed up for a second term. The subject for Module 1 was “Still Life” and the brief to shoot a minimum of 3 pieces of fruit or vegetables. The technical brief was ISO 100, F5.6, manual focus, tripod and the use of a single light and reflector. Quite a lot to get my head round and def not the sort of photo I would normally take.
First stop was Marks and Spencer … a shameless plug, and thank you to West Bridgford Simply Foods … high quality food shots need high quality produce. I’d already seen others go for fruit but wanted something more seasonal so pumpkin had to be the obvious choice for the centre piece. It took around 30 mins or so until I was happy with the composition and lighting and then I was all set up and ready to go.
I placed a small lamp to the right and originally used white card as a reflector but later changed to using silver foil to put more light back into the shadows. I also found that F5.6 produced a depth of field that was just a little too narrow so changed to F8. I was really pleased with the initial results until I realised that my new camera of only a few weeks had an auto override on the ISO and had pushed up to IS0 6400 rather than IS0 100. Who says men never read manuals !!
Eventually I worked out how to set up my camera correctly and the final result is the image you see below. All I have to do now is wait patiently for my mark …