Souvenir Foto School: Day 11 – R for Ribbons


Today for my Souvenir Foto School assignment I just wanted to capture the simple beauty of some of my favorite metallic ribbons from my craft stash. The light has been really challenging lately, but I discovered that if I hold two white foam core boards on either side of my subject it bounces in a decent enough light (I used to only use one).

My little “technique” must be pretty comical to observe too. Imagine me (not exactly the most graceful creature alive) trying to focus my camera and hold one board in my left hand, while adjusting levels and depressing the shutter release with my right pointer finger while trying to hold the second board steady in my right hand. Hehe!

If you’d like you can also find all my images in individual and diptych form for this month-long class challenge over in my flickr album. | Souvenir Foto School is offered by Besotted Brand.

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  1. blue china studio / / Reply

    I'm really enjoying all your photos. I'm having a terrible time with lighting and really want to try out your white board technique.

    I'm getting ready to buy a new camera, what kind of camera do you have?

  2. Ez / / Reply

    Thank you so much Jacilyn. My camera is a NikonD300 and I currently only shoot with a Nikon 18-200 mm lens (not because of any reason other than I can't afford an additional one at the moment). Have fun with your new camera! xo Ez

  3. Emily / / Reply

    Love the lighting and the crispness of the different ribbon textures. A food blog i read recently had a tip for using inexpensive bardward clamps to prop up foam board so your hands can be free to adjust the camera. Maybe this will make it easier for you so you don't have to do acrobatics!

  4. Emily / / Reply

    That should be hardware clamps. Still getting used to typing on my Kindle!

  5. Katie / / Reply

    One of my friends used this DIY inexpensive light tutorial for a photo project at school and it worked really well. Maybe that'd be easier than balancing two foam boards! I'm rather impressed that you managed it andtook such pretty pictures!

  6. Karly / / Reply

    Thanks for revealing your little lighting trick….I was sitting here marveling at that wonderful white light and wondering how you achieved it!

  7. Rebecca - A Daily Something / / Reply

    Great job on shooting LOVELY images, while holding up the 2 pieces of foam board ;) I think something that unites all us bloggers is our struggle for good, natural lighting.

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