Sometimes it can be so easy to get caught up in gear, lights, backdrops, lenses, and all that jazz when trying to get good photos of your knives.
This evening as I was finishing up in the shop, I wanted a few decent photos of some knives I just finished. With all the shop lights on, things were looking pretty blahzay-blah behind the lens. Remembering photography is all about light, I decided to try the less is more approach. I killed the shop lights, grabbed my diffuser and used one task light as my main light source. Leaving the blades on my black worktop, and softening my light was all it took to completely change the images I was making.
As far as post-production goes I desaturated the images to black and white and done. That’s it, that’s all.
Simple is better. Very often that is true with photography as well.
Just something to keep in mind when you’re struggling with getting decent photos of your knives.
Ah! I’ve forgotten to update posts here as the new YouTube videos have been coming out. But the videos are coming out! With some of the changes to the new YouTube algorithm, it seems that YouTube likes to give favour channels that update very regularly. Like, daily.
So that’s the new game plan. Daily videos. It’s a lot of work but I’ve made some changes to my schedule that are really helping me accomplish the goal of daily videos, while still have a bit of a life. The secret: EARLY MORNINGS. I’ve been getting up at 4:30am to edit the footage, allowing me to be done with editing by around 8am. That way I still have the whole day to make knives, shoot new video and still have evenings free to enjoy some R&R and hanging out with my sweet wife and wonderful kiddos. Balance. I’m incredibly productive in the mornings and everyone else is sleeping, so starting nice and early really is the perfect way for me to squeeze an extra few hours out of the day.
Anyway, to play catchup here, these are the videos that I’ve forgotten to share here on the blog. Have a look. Watch one, watch them all! Either way, thanks for stopping by.
Just uploaded a new episode of TRIPLE T, on the metal lathe. A metal lathe is an awesome addition to any shop it has allowed me to make all sorts of jigs and fixtures that I use not only in my knife making, but also for all sorts of other projects around the homestead. From bringing hair-brained ideas to life to making simple repairs that otherwise would require buying (often expensive) parts, having a metal lathe at your disposal opens up a whole world of possibilities. If you’re patient, you can find HOT DEALS on used ones. Check out the video!