Using found objects and alternative lighting
This is the third of our Barbie Fashion shoots and the first time that Ken has made an appearance.
This project brings together elements of a scavenger hunt, light refraction and creative symmetry art.
The end goal is to create a truly unique image using found objects and alternative lighting.
The Scavenger Hunt
To begin found objects and alternative lighting we need to go out and search for props.
Going for a walk and turning it into a scavenger hunt is a great way to do this.
We had an idea in our heads that we wanted to create something using flowers.
Obviously we needed to avoid picking cultivated flowers but most wild flowers are fair game.
Here’s some good information about picking wildflowers and law.
Setting up the scene
Using what we learnt in Glass Water distortion photography we wanted to create a setting using water.
It just so happens that Barbie’s caravan has its very own pool so we used that to stage our scene.
The swimming pool was filled with water and some of the flowers and weeds we found on our scavenger hunt.
We then placed Ken in the pool to begin experimenting with our alternative lighting.
Using our found objects and alternative lighting
To create our alternative lighting we used a large glass full of water. We were photographing late afternoon when lots of low light was coming into the room.
This did create some interesting shadows on our subject. It also meant light would pass through the glass of water and created some interesting refraction.
Once we tried a few practice photos out on Ken we moved onto Barbie using the same setup. We found Barbie’s hair in the water made a slightly more interesting photo.
Creative symmetry art
We create something special with our found objects and alternative lighting project. In order to do that we drew inspiration from our Creative symmetry photographic art project.
The images were given a little edit in the Snapseed app and then opened in Layout for Instagram.
Using the same techniques we created some symmetry photographic art with our images.