This was one of three shots I created at a local art store for the first assignment from a newly-formed camera club in the area. The assignment was to photograph something representative of a local business. An art studio provides some fairly easy and obvious opportunities, which is why I chose it 🙂 I like the lines and repetition, as well as the realized and unrealized potential. To make the shot a little more of a challenge for me, I decided to use only available light. I’m not normally an “available light only” kind of photographer – I think in general refusing to create the light to best capture the subject is short-sighted and unprofessional. Still, there’s something about limiting yourself creatively that tends to jump start me. I do it a lot, and not just with lighting. I’ll limit myself to a specific lens or focal length, or to a specific f-stop. Anything to force myself to approach a problem creatively.
The lighting in this room was not the easiest to shoot in. It was uneven and had an orange cast thanks to some very creative light shades. Some areas of the place were very well lit – this is a working art studio, where anyone can come and, for example, paint a fireman right there in the shop – but other areas like the shelves are more dimly-lit. As a further challenge, I didn’t have a tripod with me, so everything had to be handheld. At a 1/30 second exposure I was pushing the limits of my unsteady hand, but with my new 70D everything seems to come out a little sharper. I also appreciate that, for the first time in my life, I can adjust my ISO in thirds rather than full increments. This helps me get an exposure that gave me the proper DOF while minimizing noise from higher ISO. I could have moved the ISO up or down or adjusted my shutter speed up and tried to compensate in post-processing, but it was nice not to have to. Not that there was no post processing – I increased vibrancy and contrast a bit and reduced the orange tint a bit, but I didn’t do nearly as much post work as I would have had to with my Rebel XS.