DPS Assignment – Album Cover

Here is my go at this weeks assignment for Digital Photography School. The topic for this week is to do an album cover, and the theme I chose (ie. album name) is “Canned Heat”. I left a fair bit of negative space up the top so the name of the artist and album could be placed there, but chose not to add it myself given my average graphic design skills.

It took a while to set this up. I cut the bottom out of a large can and inserted a cardboard snoot in which I could insert my flash. I had some red cardboard and red cellophane to create the reddish/purplish hues. I was trying to get it redder but I think I needed a darker or more robust filter. Obviously I ran my flash off camera, with my cheap Ebay remote set-up, in manual mode at 1/4 power.

The lid of the can was then used as a bounce to light up my model’s face. I also had her wear sunglasses to reflect the can in the lens. I also had a black piece of material about 80cm behind the model for the background.

After taking a tonne of shot that were all almost the same, I finally settled on one to crop and do some post processing in Lightroom. The PP was to up the contrast and drop come of the shadows out as well as drop the exposure on the lid and can opening by 0.80 selectively using a brush.

So here you have it, my album cover, “Canned Heat”.

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Camera: Canon 450D
Lens: Canon EF50 f1.4 USM
Focal Length: 50mm (duh)
Shutter Speed: 1/125
Aperture: f/3.2
Sensitivity: ISO200


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