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10/21/2010 12:55:33 PM · #1
I have a request to photograph people catching glitter.
The idea is to have full body shot with their hands holding a pile of glitter and them looking up in awe as if they were catching the falling glitter.. (kinda like a catching snow picture)

How do I actually 'catch' the glitter. I was thinking of only having the glitter fall just in front of the camera or will that skew up the focus on the people...

any ideas? settings?? help!!???
10/21/2010 12:57:30 PM · #2
I caught glitter once, thought I was never going to get well. : )
10/21/2010 12:57:44 PM · #3
Originally posted by dassilem:

I have a request to photograph people catching glitter.
The idea is to have full body shot with their hands holding a pile of glitter and them looking up in awe as if they were catching the falling glitter.. (kinda like a catching snow picture)

How do I actually 'catch' the glitter. I was thinking of only having the glitter fall just in front of the camera or will that skew up the focus on the people...

any ideas? settings?? help!!???


I would suggest manual focusing so you are sure the focus is where you want it or using an aperture that will keep everything in focus. I do think you should just have it fall from right out of the frame.
10/21/2010 02:34:37 PM · #4
I would make a shallow paper cone, cover it with glue, and coat with glitter so that you model doesn't have to hold so much loose material. I would pose the person with the hands held together, palms-up about six inches in front of the chin. You should be able to capture the hands and upturned face in a relatively tight shot, allowing someone (an assistant, or yourself if you use the timer or a remote) to drop a stream/trickle of glitter onto the model's hands from a couple of feet above, out of the frame -- that way everything should be in the same focal plane.
10/21/2010 02:52:48 PM · #5
Originally posted by GeneralE:

I would make a shallow paper cone, cover it with glue, and coat with glitter so that you model doesn't have to hold so much loose material. I would pose the person with the hands held together, palms-up about six inches in front of the chin. You should be able to capture the hands and upturned face in a relatively tight shot, allowing someone (an assistant, or yourself if you use the timer or a remote) to drop a stream/trickle of glitter onto the model's hands from a couple of feet above, out of the frame -- that way everything should be in the same focal plane.


I think this is an example of what the general was talking about...

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but instead of the model blowing the glitter have it dropped from above somehow.

Message edited by author 2010-10-21 14:57:58.
10/21/2010 02:57:04 PM · #6
Originally posted by EL-ROI:

Originally posted by GeneralE:

I would make a shallow paper cone, cover it with glue, and coat with glitter so that you model doesn't have to hold so much loose material. I would pose the person with the hands held together, palms-up about six inches in front of the chin. You should be able to capture the hands and upturned face in a relatively tight shot, allowing someone (an assistant, or yourself if you use the timer or a remote) to drop a stream/trickle of glitter onto the model's hands from a couple of feet above, out of the frame -- that way everything should be in the same focal plane.


I think this is an example of what the general was talking about...

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but instead of the model blowing the glitter have it dropped from above somehow.

Similar -- I was imagining it shot in profile, from slightly below, and with the model's face looking up, kind of like those statues of angels looking towards the heavens ...
10/21/2010 02:59:23 PM · #7
Originally posted by GeneralE:

Originally posted by EL-ROI:

Originally posted by GeneralE:

I would make a shallow paper cone, cover it with glue, and coat with glitter so that you model doesn't have to hold so much loose material. I would pose the person with the hands held together, palms-up about six inches in front of the chin. You should be able to capture the hands and upturned face in a relatively tight shot, allowing someone (an assistant, or yourself if you use the timer or a remote) to drop a stream/trickle of glitter onto the model's hands from a couple of feet above, out of the frame -- that way everything should be in the same focal plane.


I think this is an example of what the general was talking about...

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but instead of the model blowing the glitter have it dropped from above somehow.


Similar -- I was imagining it shot in profile, from slightly below, and with the model's face looking up, kind of like those statues of angels looking towards the heavens ...


I think you have the correct perspective on the shot! Looking up and in profile sounds great. I would also try a frontal shot... just to explore all the perspectives!!
10/21/2010 03:05:26 PM · #8
Originally posted by EL-ROI:

I think you have the correct perspective on the shot! Looking up and in profile sounds great. I would also try a frontal shot... just to explore all the perspectives!!

Absolutely -- I'm sure I'd take anywhere from 10-50 shots once I had the setup, from different angles, zoom amounts, density of the falling glitter, etc.
10/21/2010 08:20:49 PM · #9
Awesome input....that's just what I think I was thinking...
Only exception is this will be a group shot..2 adults, 4 kids ages 2-16...
10/21/2010 08:24:57 PM · #10
Oh. I just read the full body shot idea on your OP. Hope it goes well for you. Drop me a PM if you post the shots... I would love to see the result!
10/21/2010 09:07:45 PM · #11
A cross star filter, or cross star in P P might be fun with some of the shots, if you don't have a lot of glitter in them.
10/21/2010 09:37:07 PM · #12
Originally posted by MelonMusketeer:

A cross star filter, or cross star in P P might be fun with some of the shots, if you don't have a lot of glitter in them.


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