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Close up of piano keyboard, a Roland Fantom FA-76.

Close up of piano keyboard, a Roland Fantom FA-76.
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kaybean May 24
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Behind The Lens

This image is of my classic Roland Fantom FA-76 synthesizer. And after all these years, I still have not learned how to play piano.
This image was taken in late August in the afternoon, but could have been shot at anytime. I have no windows in this room and had to use artificial light.
To light the keyboard, I did not have many options, since this room is small and has a fair amount of clutter. I used LED daylight bulbs in a hardware store clamp light.
I shot this with a Sony A3000 I picked up at a thrift store for less than $100 with the kit lens. Since it is a mirrorless camera, I thought it would be great to be able to use a mount adapter and take advantage of my classic Minolta glass. To shoot this macro image I used the Minolta extension bellows and a Minolta lens which was another thrift store find.
I was looking for the simplest way to portray a piano, and going in close allowed me to simplify the image and fill the frame at the same time.
I don't like to do too much to an image if I can help it. I guess you could say I am quite old school in that way. We did not have a lot of money growing up, so trying to get it right in the camera is how I have always approached photography. I will however usually adjust for brightness and contrast.
In my camera bag
I really don't keep a camera bag ready, since my photography interests change from day to day. For example, if I shoot something macro, then I have the Minolta extension bellows (another thrift store find) setup on the Sony A3000. For more general things, it might be the Canon XS1 or the 6D.
Get in close to remove distractions from the image. Use daylight color LED bulbs to get lighting to look as close to sunlight as possible for rooms without windows. Remember, you don't have to go out and get the most expensive camera/lights or have a professional studio to produce interesting images that people will like.

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