I’m still quite a novice photographer, but I enjoy learning as I go. Today, I just wanted to take a photo of some more memorabilia and decrease the clutter in my home. In my younger life, I competed in pageants and had to wear special shoes for the evening gown competition. I also had special shoes for the swimsuit competition but those shoes are long gone. In any case, I tried something ‘on the fly’ (i.e. not following any ‘rules’).
It was 4 in the afternoon. The usual window that I like to experiment with didn’t seem very bright at this time. I went to another window but was afraid the light was too bright. I had several options. Put my lightbox on the floor or move the box around in the room until the harsh light from the window was diminished.
I put a black piece of cardboard inside my lightbox and put the lightbox directly on the floor. I have read a series of posts about having light directly from the top rather than the sides. So, I positioned my lightbox so the harsh light was coming through the top of the box. I’ll admit that this didn’t work as I hoped so I moved the box around until I thought I found something worthwhile.
I put the shoes in the box and fired away. I didn’t bother adjusting the white balance or any of the settings. I had recently done a practice session so I thought I’d let it be and deal with adjustments later. Here’s what I got straight out of the box.
|Cinderella Pageant Shoes|
I was just so shocked at how well these photos turned out without a tripod and without trying to ‘line up’ the shot. Perhaps I’m getting better at photography. Perhaps the combination just ‘works’. Whatever the case, it was fun to ignore the rules I’ve been learning and just do a quick session without the stress. I just don’t know if I can do that again. I don’t know what I did right.
I really believe the two Cinderella shoe pictures look great but slightly different. Since the angles are so similar, I don’t wish to include both in any project regarding my pageant experience such as a digital scrapbook. The photos are too similar in that regards So, I need to decide which Cinderella style shoe is better. What do you think? The top Cinderella or the bottom?