Frame by Frame: Styling Earrings

Frame by Frame - Jordan Brittley Photography THE SETTING: This image was taken on a cloudy day in a hotel suite. The suite had two big windows that faced north and overlooked the busy St Louis streets below. The walls were painted white and the carpet and chair were both dark.

THE SET UP: I pulled one of the white blankets off of the bed in the suite to cover the dark chair and added the veil for subtle texture. I positioned the veil so that you could see the fine detail on the edges and laid the earrings on top of the veil.

CAMERA SETTINGS: I exposed the image for the shadows. I didn't use a light meter, but the darkest shadows were next to the earrings and I knew that I wanted the image to be full of light. I also knew that I would want to expose the image at 1/60 if I was photographing a person next to the white wall. Because of the shadows that were cast from the arms of the chair, it was about 1 stop darker where the earrings were placed. This meant that I would need to expose the image at 1/30th of a second.

You can see the rest of the details at the top of Chris and Sri's wedding post.

Camera: Contax 645 Lens: Karl Zeiss 80mm Film Stock: Fuji 400H rated at 200 Lab: Richard Photo Lab

Aperture: f/2.0 ISO: Fuji 400h rated at 200 Shutter speed: 1/30

POST PROCESSING: Thanks to my lab, I did nothing to this image! This is a straight scan from Richard Photo Lab!

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