Sunday, June 1, 2008

Lighter Collection, Part 1

Praise goes to God that I no longer smoke. I celebrated one year on March 12. I do still enjoy my lighter collection, though. They are special gifts my father-in-law buy for me. Every time he comes to visit, he brings a few. I not only appreciate them because they're pretty neat, but because my father-in-law is a very thoughtful, generous man. I couldn't have asked for better in-laws.

Here's part one of my collection.

Silly Lighter






And, here's the set-up shot! Jim Talkington doesn't pay me for this. I just happen to be rather enthusiastic about the stick-in-a-can idea he came up with. He has saved me a ton of money and a lot of effort trying to figure out how to light my stuff. Pro Photo Life deserves all the credit for my savings.

I even used a stick-in-a-can this weekend to do some portraits of my mom for her business card. I had three basic, 100watt equivilent CFLs in their clamp-on work lamps all pointed at the ceiling.

Anyways, here's the set up shot for my lighters.



zetson said...

Hi, John, I didn't know you had a photo blog. I've just started on myself where I'll share the light setups I use.

Did any light fall on the lighter directly from the lamp? If so, try to put a card between the lamp and subject. And maybe a reflector on the opposite side of the large cardboard? I don't know how it will look.

John Brainard said...

I'll be watching out for the posts on your blog.

I'm not sure if any light fell on the lighters directly. I'm going to try shooting them again sometime, bouncing my flash in different configurations.

I started my blog and put up some of my first photos and am using it to keep a record of my progress in photography.