Accidental Picture

Staging Props

I came across this shot as I was looking through my file of unposted pictures and to be honest, I'm surprised that I didn't delete it as soon as the picture was taken. I don't like pocket pics, blurry shots and accidental pictures taking up space on my phone and in my Dropbox so how this one slipped by, I'm not sure. I have my phone set to take pictures by voice command so when it hears the words "capture" or "cheese", it snaps a pic. I'm guessing that my phone heard something along those lines and took a picture without me knowing! Very sneaky! At the time, I would have been annoyed by this random shot but today I am glad that this picture was taken!

Back when this picture was taken, I was doing a lot of baking and I was staging pictures for multiple items. This picture shows the controlled chaos that sometimes goes on outside of the box. Starting at the top left, you can see part of a roll of tape which as used to hold some balloons in place because the static electricity in the box kept making them roll to places that I didn't want them to go. I might have also used tape to hold a paper backdrop in place. You can see a vinyl placemat, wooden cutting board, crocheted doily, dishtowel and ceramic plate that were all used to stage various items. I like to pull things from around the house to add to the homey feel of a shot. You can see an iPod and headphones that have been set aside because they were too much of a distraction. And you can see the textured base of an old folding table that my husband painted after it got left outside and "ruined."

Another thing this picture shows is me holding a fill light to difuse a shadow. If you find that you have a shadow that is unwanted, use a flashlight, a battery powered pot light, a table lamp, or something along those lines to add light to a darkened area. Play with different light sources to find the right strength and color of light. And play with holding the light at different heights and angles to find where the light best fills your picture.

It's funny how a simple, accidental picture can bring up memories, tell a story, and in this case, illustrate a point. What is my point? Use what you have. Don't be afraid to try different set ups and layouts. And no matter how chaotic things might look outside the box, SHOTBOX always captures the serenity and order in your staged shot!

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Photo shot outside of my SHOTBOX with my Samsung Galaxy S5 Smartphone.

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My name is Jodie and I am a wife and mother of four. I love to bake, craft, travel, exercise, hike and explore new things. I'm excited to use the SHOTBOX to highlight my creations and to show you how this simple tool can bring light and life to your passions too.

The SHOTBOX is a collapsible tabletop studio that uses high powered LEDs to create a perfectly lit “micro-studio” environment. They are now taking pre-orders to be delivered for Christmas.

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