This was one of the first shoots for this assignment, the second to be precise. The challenge in this one was that the device, the Scope Control, was relative large. Not so large as the NICU ROADRUNNER, but we had to photograph it in the most suitable room of the office which was the conference room. This was a rather small conference room which we did have to tidy up a bit. Not that it was a big mess, but on a photograph you want as less clutter/distracting elements as possible. I struggled a while finding the right angle, but finally I decided to use the compositional technique of “frame in a frame”. Placing the subjects head in a clean space but within the frame of the whiteboard. Next to fysical cleaning up the table, getting a hanging lamp out of the frame, I had to clone out some cables in the background in Photoshop as those were all “live” so they couldn’t be taken away and there was no angle they wouldn’t be in the shot. First I did a few “straight-forward” shots with little variations with the hands etc and finally a few with tilted angle for some more dynamic shots. The lighting set up was fairly straight forward: Main light was a 45/45 degree angled half open reflective umbrella, background light was a 90x60cm softbox with blue gelled speedlight. And also a snooted speedlight aimed at the inner-work of the device to lighten it up a bit more, i.e. get some detail in the blacks.
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