My husband loves cereal, even more than Jerry Seinfeld. Perhaps that’s why, when I asked him for an idea for my Theme Thursday shot of light today, the first thing that came to his mind was a Wheaties box. That’s right, a Wheaties box. Wheaties currently has a new cereal called Fuel, with half a dozen athletes representing it. Each box features a different athlete’s face, lit by one light on a black background.
With that concept in mind, we did a Google search so I could see what in the world he was talking about. We found a small image that I could use as a jumping off point, then went to work. We enlisted the help of our daughter (a.k.a. reluctant assistant). I can’t imagine why she gets tired when all we do is ask her to hold a light above her head for fifteen minutes. Teens these days.
I had my “model” sit on a stool, put up a black background behind him, and had one video light shining right above. Used my 50 mm lens, camera at ISO 400, 1/100 @ f/1.8. Wanted to drop as much light from the background as possible. In Photoshop, I used the Kubota Action, Tea Stained to match the color on the box.
From there, I decided to have some fun. Instead of copying the Fuel box, I used it as inspiration for my husband’s F-Stop Beyond podcast for photographers. I love The Podcast of Photographers at the top in place of The Breakfast of Champions. So much fun.
Here’s my question for you today… are you having fun yet? I think one key way to stay motivated for any 365 project is to try new things, step out of any rut you might have fallen into, and stretch the boundaries. Of course, this challenge is about photography, but once I saw the shot, I just knew I had to take it a step further. How are you challenging yourself to take your photography a step further?
Manual: Page 35—Manual Focus
Images: Looked at images in Bryan Peterson’s Understanding Photography Field Guide.