Three photos of the same cupcake combined into a natural triptych.
Canon 5D, Canon 50mm Macro lens.
Vivitar 285, 1/4th, camera left. Diffused. Vivitar 285, 1/4th, camera right. Diffused. subject. Triggered with Cactus V2.
Camera: Nikon D60
Lens: AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G
Shutter Speed: 6s
How it was shot: In complete darkness. Subject stood first with a LED strobe held in hand facing away from the camera and fired strobe once, then lied down on couch and another strobe fired once from behind the camera. All within 6 seconds.
Photo Subject: Death by Own Ghost.
Photoshop Touchups: Image Cropped, Exposure comp +2, Surface blur everywhere except on lying subject.
Shutter Speed - 1/4000
F-Stop - 8.0
Focal Length: 50mm
Angels from above promising the wishes of the couple underneath.The timing is just right, sunset. The water is still with sweet reflections of the dooming sun taking with it all the negative impacts of the day and downing it in the deep of the river and alas..everything absolutely still. The couple below reflects the happenings of the day as one the couple is prostrating to the the Angels above..seeking for love and peace...
Camera: Canon EOS 300D
Lens: Cheap 28mm Sigma (f/1,8-22)
Lighting: One of those "bankers lamps", you know, one those with a green glass shade.
Exposure Program: Aperture priority
Shutter Speed: 0,5 sec
Aperture Value: f/13
Came home from a trip to Cyprus last saturday, i had bought a Bottle of Gentlemen Jack and a box of Monte Cristo No.5. Whipped them out and staged some sort of cliché depressed military/police related person scenario, you figure out the rest...
The smoke from the cigar was photoshopped in because i didn't feel like having a cigar, or a drink, or accidentally shoot myself in the face... anyway. Added some extra grain for the "film-feel". Also did some random retouching.
Oh, and i think that's a 9mm round. That's about it.
Camera: Nikon D90
Lens: 18-105 f/3.5-5.6 at 38mm
Shutter Speed: 1/60
Lighting is coming from a synced but off camera SB-600 speedlight diffused by bouncing it off the ceiling.
This shot was taken on assignment for an article going into our high school magazine. The aforementioned article is one discussing the no sex policy within the military. Following the article and the theme that seemed to be appearing within the whole of the articles assigned, I aimed for a controversial image (or at the very least, controversial in the minds of high school administrators.) This is my result. Please keep in mind I am a high school sophomore.
"As the lights drew closer, Matt drew his flashlight closely to his side knowing it was the only weapon he had. . ."
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikon 80-200 f/2.8
Lighting: Elinchrom 300RX, Calumet Travelite 750R, Maglite!
Manual, 1/80 @ f/8
Shooting this was pretty straightforward. Both studio heads were hooked up to an Innovatronix Xplorer XT inverter battery pack (if you don't have one of these, you should get one, NOW. ) One was placed behind the treeline (bare bulb) in order to give background illumination and provide a rim light and lens flare. The second light was placed at camera right 90 degrees to the subject. Only a 7" reflector was used on this light. Both lights were fired wirelessly with Elinchrom Skyports.
Processed in Photoshop, B&W toning done in Nik Silver Efex.
My camera is a Canon Eos 400D, 55mm lens
The image instantly tells a short story, has an amount of comedy, and re-enforces the need for mobile phone insurance. It is not one of my best works, but it is one which makes me smile.
The shoot was rather add hock and badly planned, as my 62 yearold uncle's hand needed "work" in Photoshop to de-age it as much as possible. Also the vehicle I had originally planned on using was a posh convertible Volvo, but at the last moment I realised that the phone wouldn't be very easy to see on the black canvas, so I quickly asked to borrow a red Nissan Micra from the house next door, and changed the colour in photoshop after.
Shot with a Nikon D5000, using the 18-55mm kit lens. Used the self-timer, so I could stand under the light and get my shadow cast on the wall.
Exposure time: 5 sec.
ISO speed: 800
Focal length: 18 mm
Taken with my Samsung L210 Point and shoot. I decided it would make a cool picture if I were to take it through the peephole in my door, I accidentally took this one with the flash on, but it turned out to be the best one. ISO-100 F2.8 Shutter speed -1/45
Well, without a model this turned to self portraiture using a tripod and timer. Who would stop a man in the middle of a shave?
1/125 @ f/4
Law School exams start next week. Shot while procrastinating even more. Only light from the monitor was used.
I took this shot with a Nikon D3000 and a 18-55mm lens. I parked in a dark dead end at about 1:30 in the morning, turned my headlights on, switched on my 10 second timer, ran infront of the car and began to wave the LED light on my cellphone in the air. I find it funny that while taking it I looked like a man flailing his arms in front of a parked car for no reason, but the final product was well worth it. Shutter Speed: 30", Aperture: F7.1, ISO: 250.
Sigma 30mm 1.4
This was taken in our apartment against a large white wall we have. The back ground is 1970s contact paper we found in the back of a hardware store. We pasted it up and bought wood at Home Depot to frame it and make the moldings.
The gentleman in the picture was forced to prepare a whole pressed ham studded with cloves, pineapple rings, and cherries and eat it with his hands. This is towards the end of the meal.
I shot this with an iPhone 3G using a desk lamp as backlight since I didn't actually intend this to be my staged shot. My video card burned out, and the company had just sent me the new one. I was installing it in my computer when my cat came along and decided that packing foam would be a neat new toy. I saw an oppertunity, so I shifted some things around, and took the shot with the iPhone rather than scaring her off to get my good camera.
Camera: Motorola Droid
Took this shot yesterday down by the river. Snapped it with my Motorola Droid, so there really isn't any camera information or any other special technique other than the colors being tweaked to create the story.
The story this is suppose to invoke is a pretty straight forward one. The colors are set to look like they are creeping towards the group of people on the kayak, almost as if mother nature wants to eliminate them and reclaim her own body back. I just whipped this up, so be gentle!
My idea for this staging challenge was to address the typical photographer's challenge of taking a self portrait. Many of us are so exacting behind the lens, that turning it on ourselves immediately puts us in uncomfortable new territory for what ultimately becomes a very staged picture. So in this image I cloned myself to share the moods of the model, assistant and photographer.
This "self portrait" image took about 100 seperate exposures to find acceptable exposures where the lighting was consistent b/w each of the 3 seperate images. I used a Nikon ML-L3 wireless remote and two remote flashes, a Nikon SB-600 (not shown) and a Nikon SB-28 (in assistant clone's hand). The SB-600 was triggered with the D90 wirelessly and then SB-28 was triggered optically with a small hot shoe attachment. Shot with a Nikon D90 and Sigma 18-250 lens @ 1/160 second, f6.3, ISO 640 (I believe). Images combined and finished in Photoshop with Lucisart, to accentuate textures and control shadows. Total staging, shooting, production work: 4 hours.
Title: A fight within...the apartment.
Camera: Canon G9
Lens: Built in
Extras: Manfrotto Tripod/Head
The original idea behind this photo was to hit the TLR with the flash and see if there would be enough light that went through the viewfinder to light my face. It didn't work.
So I tried to snoot the flash and simulate the effect by restricting the light to only the front of the camera and my face. it didn't all-the-way work, but I still think it came out pretty good.
Black background expanded and slight exposure adjustments done in photoshop.
Strobist info: One snooted SB-25 at 1/32 power at a 45 degree angle on-axis below camera to illuminate the TLR and my face.
Nikon D40, 18-55mm Kit Lens
Shutter Speed: 1/500
Focal Length: 28mm
Shot this on a Panasonic DMC-ZR1 put on my tripod. I don't know much about camera settings, so I just kept everything on Auto and had Forced Flash Off. I got the idea for this photo while I was thinking of another idea I had for this contest (which would've been awesome if I could've pulled it off), and I noticed how lonely the kitchen looked with these lights.
I shot this with a point and click Polaroid i835. Pulled up some of the shadows in Paint.net.
The story is very short- wearing a mask and not being able to go outside feels like torture sometimes. This is what Spring has looked like for me this year.
Camera: Canon 40D
Lens: Canon 50mm f/1.8
Exposure: 1/80 sec
Not much technique for this one. Compose and click. Shot hand held.
Halloween Evening at the University
-Danial Anton Monson-Bergum
I got the idea for my photo when i saw some toys, my kids left lying around before going to bed.
I then imagined what this toys could do if nobody is watching ...
The image was shot with my Nikon D40X
Max Aperture f/3.5
Focal Lenght 18mm
No Flash, No Tripod
With help from Bobby Koch and Julie Browning
Focal Length: 20.0mm
"We had more fun carrying balloons awkwardly around our campus than we did trying to take a picture of one. Nonetheless, it was a dang good time."
Camera: Canon 7D
Lens: Kit 15-85mm f/3.5-f/5.6
Shutter Speed: 1/400th
Lighting: Arena lights
I shot this late at night in a poorly lit arena. I had to crank the ISO up to the 5000 mark in order to get a 1/400th shutter speed (still a bit slow for this type of action) and after a 30% crop in aperture, the noise has become somewhat visible. In this photo my brother takes a dive while shooting the puck on net. I had to lie on my stomach to achieve this angle and awesome effect. And yes, I am Canadian. Hope you like it :)
Title: Who's Hungry?
Camera: Pentax K200D
Lens: smc PENTAX-DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL II
ISO: 100 - sunlight
This photo was taken using my Canon G10; on automatic settings.
Honestly taken in a rush. I got layed off due to budget cuts an hour before this picture. I asked my friend to take it. That's me on the desk.
I guess there could be a few stories hidden in there.
Two lights used. One with red gel to light the butcher knife, the second to light subject.
Lightroom used to correct white balance, tone curve and fill light. Photoshop used for blemish touch-up and final cropping.
The narrative is a simple, albeit clichéd, story. Someone with a big knife is chasing you, and all you can do is hide and hope he/she doesn't find you.
18-55mm Kit Lens
The canted angle gave this shot the eerie feeling I was going for. My inspiration would have to be poltergeist and E.T. It took 30 or so shots to get my dog to sit still but I got the shot and am very pleased with how it turned out.
Shot with a Canon 5D Mark II
ISO 800, f/2.8, 1/125 sec, 24mm
I'm a big fan of the TV series "Dexter", and I thought it would be cool to stage a kill scene, especially one in which he falls victim to his own crime.
Camera- Sony DSC-H50
Focal Length- 5.2mm
Not quite the bot I am looking for but you will do. Come back to me, Galaxy.
Mounted a door viewer (peephole) in front of the lens to get the
eerily dreamy bird's eye view and worked with the color scheme of the
fire hydrant. Used a Canon Digital Rebel XT; Canon 85 mm prime; f2;
1/50 sec; ISO 1600.
Caption: "Dinner at Michaels"
Taken with a Canon EOS Rebel T2i with the following settings:
Shutter Speed 1/128
Four shots were taken and blended together in Photoshop.
Shot with a Nikon d40 and a Nikkor 50mm f1.8, I set this up in a
cardboard box with a normal desk lamp for lighting. I used a towel
for the ground, and a pillowcase for the background.
shot at 1/80 f2.8 400 ISO
Taken with a Canon EOS 500D and 50mm f1.8II, 1/25, ISO1600
These two were in deep discussion, hard to tell whats going to happen next...
Grounded - I decided to throw current events into the mix for this week's challenge. Setup was easy: just using natrual light from my window sill and the camera was on a tripod connected to laptop in tethered mode so I could see myself.
Camera: Nikon D300
Exposure: 0.25 sec (1/4)
Focal Length: 50 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Exposure Bias: +1/3 EV
Flash: No Flash
Camera Canon EOS 7D
Exposure 1/200 Sec
Focal length 44MM 28mm-135
This is the beginning, middle and ending of life. Everyone has their own spectators for this.
Here is my entry. Shot with Nikon D90 with a 18-200mm lense, exposure time was 1/200 sec. f/32, focal length at 200mm, accidentally left the ISO up at 1600, with an additional flash. I knew my Halo figures would come in handy.
When shooting this photo i had a story about some "Hot News" in mind...
But actually this photo tells the story about how i lost my eyebrows, ruined my floor and burned some fingers.
Seriously my friends... Don´t try this at home! It was a stupid idea. The fire became very quickly too big to handle it safely.
I guess i had luck.
Eos 500D with basic 18-55mm lens @ 20mm on a tripod with remote / continuous shooting.
Iso 1600 ; f3,5 ; 1/25 sec ...touched the brightness and color a little in lightroom.
Camera: Nikon D5000 with 18-55mm lens
Exposure: 0.8 sec
Focal Length: 18mm
My roommate stood in as the "victim" as I held the knife. I activated
the shutter using an IR remote and tried different lighting until I
reached the shot I wanted. Enjoy!
With inspiration from, and apologies to, Ernest Hemingway: "For sale: baby shoes, never worn."
Canon Rebel XSi, 18-55 mm, f/3.5, 200 ISO.
Canon Rebel XSi, F/5, 1/1250s, ISO-200, taken with stock lens (that I cannot remember)
Taken from one of the rowers on my team... This always happens after a hard race, and its not helped by a quick sugar boost than crash.
Cowboys and Indians, a story we all know. But (for me anyway) when i think of cowbys and inidians conflicts i always picture them fighting on the Indians turf and have been told how the cowboys kicked the Indians butts. So i decided to turn the tables and leave the result a mystery.
Taken with a Cannon Rebel.
Member Name: That's Dr. Bear to You
Camera: Canon 5d
Lens: Tamron 28-75mm macro
F stop: 11
Wireless Shutter Release
The only tricky part of this photo was having to climb out my bedroom window at 10:00 at night since my dresser was blocking the door.
I never thought he'd find me again. I just finished putting the kids to bed when he burst in, smelling of cheap whiskey and those damn cigars. Foolish me thinking a dresser could hold back his blind rage. It was only a matters of seconds before we saw that arm creep into our last hiding place, our last sanctuary.
Berner Münster - Bern, Switzerland
Obviously I didn't stage this photo, but while in Bern, Switzerland on the weekend I photographed the very graphic story depeicting something all of us know.
Lighting was bad so used a tripod, longer exposure at ISO 160.
Panasonic Lumix TZ-7
Canon 7D, 50mm f/1.4 lens
Indoor light, ISO 1250, 1/80 sec, f/1.4
Camera Info: Nikon D3000, Nikkor 18-55 VR lens. F13 for 13 seconds.
Well if I were to make up a story I'd ruin whatever your imagination could come up with when you looked at it wouldn't I?
You figure it out.
A trip to the local hobby superstore
White foam boards for background
Old (still got hair) Passport photo
Lots of lying on the floor to get angle
Nikon D5000 with Nikon 18-55 Lens
Very cheap chinese flash with cloth defuser held on with a rubber band
Exposure: 1/5 at f16
This was taken with my Canon XS (without a tripod). I used a warming filter, a 1/60th second exposure at 400iso with a 44mm focal length.
I'd like to keep the story very open to interpretation. Instead of describing it, I'll give a few questions to help you form your own story. Is she hunting the hawk or with the hawk. Was the feather left there for her to find or is she placing it somewhere? Is this even taking place on Earth?
I shot it with my Nikon D5000.
55mm focal length
Please find attached my submission for the staged photo challenge.
My story was the hatching of the peep, how the peeps were made.
One egg was injured during the making of this picture.
It was done with a Canon Rebel XTi at f 2.8 and 1/25s at 100 Iso with the Canon 60mm USM macro lens.
Canon XTI with kit lens @ 28 mm.
With the help of The Charles and Johnathan we were able to capture a robbery gone wrong.
Thanks to Gretchen for the bad-ass idea and store to rob.
Quantaray 19-35mm 3.5-4.5 at 25mm
carbon tripod and ball head generic.
I set this picture up at a friends house on a small kitchen tables. I turned out all the lights and the only light was from the candle on the table. I Adjusted the exposure and brightness and contrast in photoshop.
My wife and i were travelling to a wedding in rural England and we decided to get a drink in a local pub. We were sat for only a few minutes when the sun shone through the window onto this vacant seat. It instantly grabbed me as a vacant setting and reminded me of our baby boy who we lost at just 200 weeks, and made me think that if he were watching over us then this would be him telling us so.
My equipment was a Sony alpha 300 with a 18-200lens. Settings for this shot were ISO800, SHUTTER SPEED 1/320, F3.5, 18MM.
Deeply religious older woman in Barcelona Cathedral atrium. Photo was shot handheld at ISO 1600 (1/20s, f/9.0) with a Canon EOS 5D, mk II.
Canon XSi with EF50mm f/1.8 II @ f/1.8,, 1/640, ISO200
Just did a quick shoot to get a dust in the wind feel to it.
"Thousands of people run and play on the beach everyday, but every footprint is eventually washed away.....Life's a Beach!"
Canon EOS 7D
EF28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
Date: 4/15/10 1:45pm
In Santa Monica, CA
This picture was taken while I was standing on the Santa Monica Pier. If you look closely you'll notice the ropes from the bridge on the bottom of the picture, acting as a natural fame for the shot.
Camera- Nikon D3000
Lens- Stock AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55MM VR lens
Shutter- 1/320 sec
F-stop - 7.1
Focal length- 55mm
The imaged was post processed in photoshop CS4 to adjust the exposure and give the entire image and the lighting at the end of the tunnel a cinematic feel.
The image is named intimidation because it is the feeling someone may experience having to walk by someone they cannot see.
Intimidation not knowing what that person may have in plans whether good or bad.
AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR @ 18mm
A bit of sharpening in Lightroom 3
SB-600 on a tripod just out of frame right.
I spent a day reading the strobist and decided to see what I had learned with this shot.
-Michael A Grant
Shot settings: Canon T2i, Sigma 10-20 at 17mm, ISO 800, f5.6, 0.8 seconds. Accent light created with offset black light bulb and red gel flash from a Holga.
This is an evening that started poolside and either ended in the bedroom or the bottom of the deep end.
"Can't see the line, can you Russ?"—-Clark W. Griswold Jr.
Panasonic Lumix Gf1
iA settings with a pir of effects in iPhoto!
Canon Powershot SD1300 IS
Shot on dining room table with FLOR tile, pieces of poplar & pine, 3 handkerchiefs(pillows and sheet), coaster & small mirror, cleaning cloth(towel), votive candle(plantpot), rosemary(plant) and Mighty Muggs.
Taken with olympus epl-1 using a 14-42 mm lens on auto settings.
Porcelain dolls of disney's most famous characters. One loses her right ear, other quickly rolls up the tape because he loves her but by the time he gets back she has already gone through her repertoire of bows and simply put on a huge one to make it unnoticeable.
Canon rebel XS
exposure time 1/30 sec
Taken with Mr. Alex Corcoran at the Amtrak station in Winona, MN.
Exposure- 1/50 sec at 3.5f/
Focal Length- 35mm
-Alexa Earlywine and Alex Corcoran
Happy Birthday? Taken with my Canon S90 @ F2.0, with an 1/6" exposure and ISO 200. I set up an ambient blue light to my wife's right, and a red flood light behind me. Left the living room light on several feet behind us just to make sure there was enough for a decent exposure without ruining the mood.
I pretty much wasn't going to do anything for this weeks challenge until I briefly described the idea to my friend last night. We quickly came up with this (slightly) morbid idea and snapped it.
Camera: Canon 7D
Stock 135 mm lens
Low ISO, can't remember what I snapped it with.
I took this while on a nice walk around the lake. It was such a beautiful day that Alexa decided to cool off in the water.
Camera: Nikon D60
Lens: Nikkor 18-55mm f/ 3.5-5.6
Exposure: 1/125 sec @ f/ 5.6
Focal Length: 36mm
Canon 500D, EF 24-105mm f/4 setup in a simple DIY stage/lightbox
This was taken in Downtown Toronto at the Augusta House on Augusta Ave, just north of Dundas St. W.
Camera Model Canon EOS 7D
Shooting Date/Time 17/04/2010 12:32:13 AM
Shooting Mode Shutter-Priority AE
Tv( Shutter Speed ) 1/20
Exposure Compensation -2/3
ISO Speed 1000
Lens EF50mm f/1.8 II
AF Mode Manual focusing
-Stephen G. Tucker
Nothing worse than realizing you should have made a left turn at Mos Eisley.
Shot with the Canon 7D with a 50mm f/1.2L USM lens at iSO 100, f/8.0 @ 1/125sec.
I staged the different elements in this photo out in my front yard. The Sandtrooper is a Kotobukiya scale model, the car is a 1965 for falcon. Little bit a photoshop and voila!
Camera: Nikon D60
Lens: Nikon Zoom-Nikkor Lens 18-200 mm F/3.5-5.6
ISO: I don't remember.
Once upon a time in Chicago alleyway, there were two men talking randomly without noticing that I was taking a picture of them. They noticed me, and yelled at me to stop. So I did. And got a great shot out of it anyway!
Camera: Nikon D90
Lens: Nikkor 18-105mm 5.6
Focal Length: 18mm
Exposure: 100 sec. @ 3.5
The idea was to capture something surreal. Imagine awaking at night to find the door down the hallway glowing with blue light. Something along the lines of a strange phenomenon (possibly alien) is happening deep at night within feet of your nighttime sanctuary. As far as the actual shot I placed my tripod at waist-level peering into the hallway from my bedroom. I had a blue light on in the room across the hall. Trial and error as far as exposure goes.
A Snail Tale
Canon EOS Rebel T1i
22mm w/ Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5
A long tale to tell.
Big impediments some must face.
What's next , cracks emerge...
taken on my iphone discreetly, this guy doesnt mess around , he is ready,
Cannon Rebel XSi, 18−55mm lens, ISO auto, F-Stop 1/4. All people have feelings to them, some not so obvious. This shot shows the idea of a person whose emotions are on his face for everyone to see and to not be hidden.
- David Oliver