This week we have been working on another video project. This is a simple project that follows up on the video editing we have been working on the last few weeks. All of these small video projects are building upon each other. They are building towards a large project to come later this fall.

This week we spent some time editing an additional short video.  The setup was straight forward and simple.  Just four people reading a small selection of poem aloud.  We were able to try some new lighting ideas, as well a new setup for sound recording.  We very simply combined the clips in post and attempted to further our post production skills with simple editing.  All while attempting to not produce a cheesy piece of video.

This is a short Video Portrait Project.  The video portrait is similar to a regular still portrait, we simply utilize a different medium.  All standard ideas of a good portrait apply: composition, interesting subject, etc.  This was mostly an exercise in editing.  It was designed to sharpen and hone our editing skills.   Enjoy!

Glass Technical


I was very certain early on what I wanted to photograph for this assignment.  I had a few ideas but the glowing milk bottle was by far my favorite.  On I found some videos links to guys making glow sticks using Mountain Dew & peroxide.  Upon further investigation I discovered that these were just a joke.  At this point I was already committed to the project idea.  So I shifted gears and began to search out commercial glowsticks.  Luckily this was just after July 4th, and I found 2 sticks at the store.  One was Green and one blue.  I then tried to find a way to “stretch” the glowstick substance further.  I read that if I mixed peroxide , baking soda, and water with the glowstick it would all illuminate.  I did not have any baking soda so I just used peroxide and water mixed with the green stick.  After a good shake the green mixed but quickly settled and really was not that bright.  I photographed what I could then with my partners instance we added the blue stick.  This created a much brighter fluid and to my surprise still remained substantially green.  After another good shake of the fluid I placed the jug for a 30 second exposure mixed with a strobe in a Dark Field setup.  I was satisfied with the final image but I didn’t feel it matched with my initial ideas.


Technical info:

Canon 5D Mark II, 24-105mm f/4 @ 90mm

f/11, 30 sec, ISO 200

Glass Christopher J. Wray

Christopher J. Wray is the photographer i referenced for my glass project.  He has used primarily the Dark Field technique in the glass photography images he has on display.  In one image he used rectangular bottles just as I intended to use.  The technique that caught my eye was how he lit the bottles from below while still using the Dark Field technique.

Metal Technical


For my metal assignment I was having difficulty creating a concept for my image.  I wanted to display something in a new and interesting way.  With the Slinky I felt all the images I captured in studio were subpar but after I spent some time editing in I was surprised how much I liked the final result.  I felt the most interesting part of this image was how the light gradient of the background and the spacing of the Slinky’s coils mimic each other.


Technical info:

Canon 5D Mark II, 24-105mm f/4 @ 105mm

f/22, 1/125, ISO 100

Metal Vibeke Friis

The photographer I chose for my Metal assignment is Vibeke Friis.  She is an amateur photographer from New Zealand.  I found images she has submitted to  Her abstract image of the Slinky was what inspired me to choose the Slinky for my subject matter.

Glass Sketches

Option #1: Vase filled with M&Ms.



Light Field

Vase filled with M&Ms
Gobos to separate edges from background
White back ground

Option #2: Old glass milk quart





Dark Field

Old glass milk quart
Filled with Mountain Dew/peroxide mix to glow
Two soft boxes or reflectors to highlight edge of vase
Black background

Option #3: Bulldog Gin (Dark Bottle)



Opaque Object

Bulldog Gin (Dark Bottle)
Side light to show dimension
Fill card to define edge
Black background to focus attention to highlights


Option #4: Blue bottles (1 or 2)




Blue bottles (1 or 2)
Lit from behind to illuminate details
White backdrop

Metal Sketches


On white or reflective background

Gelled snoot to fill the shadows with color

Diamond Plate-

Sheet of aluminum

Gelled light to fill shadows and highlight angles

Nuts & bolts-

On white background

Main light from overhead


On black background

Fill card to fill shadows