Studio Shoes

By: Gustav Hoiland

Jan 25 2011

Category: studio

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Focal Length:135mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 7D

The Unseen Shelltoe

And the Shoe it was. My first assignment in my Studio Photography class was to shoot something with a single light, focusing on texture. I was going to shoot some wine corks, broken in half and in all manner of grievous texture filled states, but I finally settled on a straight shoe. Two shoes were tried, along with some notebooks, but the straight up one shoe proved to be deal maker.

The whole shooting process (begun after about 45 minutes of setup) was all about getting to know the shoe. To really understand it visually. Over about an hour of shooting, only in the last ten minutes did I really feel comfortable, confident with it. The rest was this speculative “ehhhhh, this might work… no.. .hmmm…” But at the end it was all YES! AGh!! this is what I’ve been waiting, hungering for.

OK that’s a bit dramatic, but from an “art”/visuals creation standpoint, this final period was crucial.

This photo is completely unedited, straight off the camera. It’s probably the first I’ve posted like this in … well, perhaps ever. I’m sure I could touch it up a bit and squeeze a bit of extra pizazz out of it, but for now I just have to figure out what about the setup made it come out so well.

Studio Photo!

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