How to Take an Extraordinary Shot in an Ordinary Spot
Owning a photo studio can be something expensive that the majority of photographer might not be able to afford especially when starting their careers, that’s why knowing how to use an ordinary spot and make an extraordinary shot in it will not only be cost-effective but also will help you get high-quality images that you can use in professional setups.
The biggest tricks to take an extraordinary shot in an ordinary spot is to find an unusual angle and use external sources of lighting. for the previous shot, I did it at the entrance of my apartment. I simply put the shoes in a fashionable way, added a flash with a grid modifier to focus the light on the shoes, got really low and added the cool color effects later using Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop.
For this next shot, to make it an extraordinary shot in an ordinary spot, I put a blanket on the wall so the light wouldn’t bounce on the wall, I used one flash with a grid and a green gel to illuminate the back of the shoe, one flash with a snoot and a blue gel to illuminate the front part, and finally a strobe with a grid aimed to the bottom side of the shoe. I removed the light stand that was attached to the shoe in Adobe Photoshop and added a reflection.
Making the best out of what you have is important, it shows creativity and problem-solving skills. This is how I made two extraordinary shots in an ordinary spot. Here is Douglas Phan who has more examples of this topic.