THE BLUE NECKLACE
How to get glowing effect around jewelry with mixed lighting technology
Every photographer always wants to bring something interesting and original, but it is always interesting to me to make my pictures in the studio, not in Photoshop. When you need a solid, and most importantly, predictable product you can make collages. But if you want to submit your photos as an artist I think you should try using all possibilities that studio lights, gels, precise photography techniques give us. I want to leave the picture in its pure form, and I want to cast magic on this "canvas" – a digital camera matrix.
This photo was taken at my workshop in Almaata. Rummaging among the studio props, I found a box of ornaments. These could be found in every studio – deposits of fake pearls, rings with huge stones and hopelessly intertwined coils of chains and earrings. I found this remarkable blue sprinkling crystals, with which we made this amazing necklace and earrings. The crystals were multi-faceted, and I imagined how they could sparkle and reflect the light in the studio. I immediately thought of shooting with mixed light using both continuous and strobe light in one shot.
The idea of "stretch" these glare face, lift them into the air was exhilarating, but the task was so difficult. First, it was necessary to clearly separate the strobe light and continuous light. In order to ensure that they did not end up on each other, they had to have different directions and covered different areas. For the front key light I chose the beauty dish. It covers the face, shoulders and the front part of this necklace. The model is far enough from the background, so this light does not fall on the background.
On the beauty dish I put on "warming" gel 204 to change the color temperature of strobe light to the level you could obtain from the halogen lamps, at about 3200K. The modeling light in this source was turned off to eliminate the influence of its light and not to create additional blur during long exposure.
Necklace. I highlighted it with two tubes with honeycomb grid. They had to get even more curtains and I used black mate foil rolled into additional tube to make the beam of light more narrow. The aim was to put the light only on the crystals. Each light source was controlled by assistants to ensure that the light would not fall on the model skin, and only stayed over the necklace. In order to make the light colder, I put on "cooling" gel 201 to these sources.
This gel increased the color of the necklace and gave it a nice cool blue shine. Now, to tie the image together, I had to highlight the background, and I used the reflector with honeycombs, which was used without gel. Because the color temperature exhibited in RAW-converter was 3200 K, this strobe source had a cool shade, the same as it always had a source of light with cold filters. Everything was connected. Now the volume of this necklace was not only highlighted with the lines of glare produced by long exposure, but also with the cold light I had put on the background. Now I had to correct "smear" in the light of the long six-second exposure. I had to move my camera, not deviating far from the axis of the lens, creating a bizarre set of solid lines, beautiful cool shade around this amazing necklace. I must say that this is quite a difficult task. For me, who is very experienced in the shooting with this technique, it took dozens of attempts to finally get the best picture, which after a little retouching, color and tone correction you can see here.
Camera: Hasselblad H3DII
Lens: Hasselblad 4.0 210 mm
Shutter speed: 6.0 seconds
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