Today’s Photo: The Jar
Because of the way cameras work, you can achieve some phenomenal results that many people would not ever think of. A while back, I was researching doing some portraits using just one flash and how adjusting the exposure can create some interesting effects. One of those was to make a person’s head seem to float with a black background. What was interesting was that the photo was taken just a couple feet in front of a white wall. I found this jar sitting in an old house during the middle of the day when it was bright outside. As part of my camera kit, I keep a small flashlight. I metered this shot and then used the exposure compensation to stop it down by 5 full exposure values. Then, I took my little LED flashlight and shined it on the jar. The wall is only about 10 inches behind the jar and fairly well lit. In fact, click on the photo and look at the jar big. You can see the reflection of the windows and door behind me. A fast shutter speed and narrow aperture can create some interesting looks.