Love is in the air

It’s that time of year again folks, where Valentines can mean anything from a 10ft high teddy bear and a 2kg heart shaped box of chocolates on your doorstep, to a microwave meal for one in front of reruns on Dave (repeat channel here in the UK).

However it also gave me some opportunities to try shooting some different stuff than what I had lying round the house. I bought some heart chocolates and polyester rose petals( all for £3, don’t say I’m cheap!) and set up a table in the spare room.

These are some of the best I came up with. As I’m on a budget I experimented with a shoot of polystyrene (from the leftover packaging when we bought a wardrobe a few months back) as a reflector and a table lamp as side lighting with a sheet thrown over it. I’m only just getting to grips with trying to control light but can already see the difference these homemade aids have made to the shots.

Taken at around f5 if I remember rightly. This was with just overhead light and the reflector on the left. ISO at 1600 and on a tripod.
As above but with side light too.
Side light only, fairly obviously.


This next one is my attempt at an optical illusion! I layered the petals and the chocolates against a 10x magnification mirror. As I was focusing on the mirror I shot at f/25 so that the foreground wasn’t just a blurred blob of red. The shot underneath is just side light only.





And a quick go at Cupid’s arrow but I ran out of chocolates ( no-one ate any honest….)



Will try these ideas again with different props next time.


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