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Bob Garas on his still-life technique - Bob is an ePHOTOzine reader and has shared the technique of his wonderful images.

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ePHOTOzine reader Bob Garas has supplied some of the most inspiring still-lifes we've seen with subjects ranging from living creatures to fruit and vegetables. His technique is surprisingly simple yet amazingly good. As he explains...
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Bob Garas Technique

Most of the animals an bugs are found in the woods or fields in my back yard. After a good rain, the frogs come out so I catch what I need and put them in our screened in patio until I can set up for the shoot.

Using a Canon G1 on a tripod and two white lightning strobes, I prepare the set-up. If I want a natural setting, I gather some weeds or flowers for the field. If I want a humourous shot I gather some props from around the house.

Bob's set up

Bob Garas Technique

The main light is overhead the subject, with a small softbox attached This ensures even lighting over the tabletop subject. The other light is placed behind and just below the subject so it's out of shot and is fitted with a coloured gel of my choice. The backdrop is black seamless paper. The black picks up the color of the gel.

The light power should be high enough to give you a fast shutter speed. Bugs and animals move quickly so you want to make sure you catch them with a fast shutter to ensure a sharp picture.

Both lights are about the same power. Adjusting the background light higher gives a bold, dynamic, colorful background. Lowering the power give a gradient fall-off effect for a more subtle effect. Turn the back light off and the background will be black.

The key is to take as many shots as your camera's memory card can handle. Critters move fast and you don't know when they are going to do something funny or be in that perfect position.

Bob Garas Technique

Bob Garas Technique


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jessicaeik
11 Jul 2007 - 10:08 PM

This is great! Thank you!!!!

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ChrisGayle
5 Nov 2009 - 6:47 AM

This is fantastic help to me. I have had no training in photography and I am besotted with it. I cannot put the camera down. I have read through your easy self-help instructions and can't wait to try them. Thankyou so much for your tips!!

ChrisGayle
5 Nov 2009 - 9:40 AM

This is fantastic help to me. I have had no training in photography and I am besotted with it. I cannot put the camera down. I have read through your easy self-help instructions and can't wait to try them. Thankyou so much for your tips!!

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