I was at the hardware store recently picking something up when I stumbled upon some clamp lamps. I’ve seen clamp lamps used before in photography demos online, and I like the effect. They’re a cheap and effective alternative to big, fancy studio lights. I’ve wanted to experiment with light sources and still objects for a while now, and today was finally the day I got around to it.
I’ve provided three shots below taken with the exact same composition, just different light setups. This first shot was taken with a 60W bulb hitting the subject directly from the side. It makes for some dramatic shadows, however, the lighting is quite harsh.
The second shot was taken with the light in the same location, but this time I hung a white sheet in front of the light to diffuse it a bit. I experimented holding the sheet at varying distances from the light source to alter the strength, and the resulting image has a softer feel to it.
In the third and final shot, I set up an additional light behind the subject and on the other side of the table. The light source was quite close to the backdrop as I was hoping to bounce the light off the back and pickup the left edge of the subject. In retrospect, I might have altered the intensity of the background light a bit.
Anyways, this was a fun little experiment with lighting techniques, which I’m sure I’ll explore more over the coming winter months.