So very good
arvydassvirka 7:14 am
Thank you, David!

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Behind The Lens

This photo was taken in my home studio. It is arranged in a relatively small room (3.5 x 4.0 meters) which is up to 2.5 meters high. This limits the use of larger light modifiers and restricts taking pictures from longer distances. However, the passion for taking pictures helps to find a compromise.
It was evening, and it was dark outside. However, with the right settings, it is possible to shoot like this even in daylight that comes to the room from the outside.
Light from the right side of the frame comes from a Speedlight in a 60 x 90 cm softbox. To illuminate the spray of the fragrance, I used another Speedlight with a small diffuser on it. However, I must admit, that light from the left might have been a little weaker.
Equipment: Nikon D700 (borrowed from my wife) + Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D (handheld), 2 off-camera Speedlights (light from the right-side + spray-light), 60 x 90 softbox for the light from the right-side, a small diffuser for spray-light.
I was always fascinated by pictures having something frozen in the air. This was one the first attempts to create something myself in our new studio.
Postprocessing was part of the workflow. Several standard techniques applied, such as Frequency Separation, Dodge & Burn, sharpening and some other minor adjustments.
In my camera bag
In my bag, I always keep all my stuff all the time to ensure that nothing is forgotten in case I must leave in a hurry. I have Nikon D300 body and a set of old primes including Nikkor AF 50mm f/1.4 D, Nikkor AF 24mm f/2.8 D and Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED. A Speedlight is a must too, and not only in low light conditions. Most of the time I use Nikon SB-900 flash unit.
For studio photography, try to use portrait lens (starting from 50mm and longer), set your aperture to f/9 or f/10, keep your ISO setting on the lowest value, set your shutter speed according to the sync speed of your flashes, and adjust the exposure by changing the output of your flash units. If you want to capture liquid spray or smoke, use side light. Good luck!

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