Books - I gotta' photograph some books!

by Pino Pino April. 26, 2020 144 views

I wanted to photo some books and decided I'd use a theme that a) I had sufficient resources in my library for [since we are all on lock-down] and b) would produce a photo I could use for other purposes.

Hmmm... Let's see...

Stories everyone would be familiar with...

Bible stories...

Okay, Bibles and the such are something I have in my library...

But it needs to be a story most folks would have a general knowledge of even if they are not particularly religious...


Jesus teaching in the Temple - nah, too specifically religious...

The Prodigal Son - that could work...

The story of Job... ... ... Yep... That'll work...

Okay, so now what do I have to work with...

First obvious one - the Bible... nice shiny new one that happens to be on my shelves.

Actually have a few of those... and even a few variants as research resources.

Now... something a bit more 'visual'...


Oooh! Atlas of the Bible - lots of pictures.

How about somethings that just 'looks' refined... maybe... oh!

I happen to have a limited edition of the sections of the Bible with... um - what's the word... Educational? No... Research? No... Anyway - you get the idea...

So that boxed set will go nicely.

Then some smaller accents...

1858 German Bible - check.

I'm Italian - so this Bible doesn't make a lot of sense in my library without a story... ... ... don't ask - long story...

Oh! I know...

Grandfather's Military Missal - check.

Little Bible from my journey as a young boy through the traditional Religious Catechism - check.

A few other... um... 'interpretations' from the research section of my library - check.

Alright - books collected... and placed.

Now, page selection...

What story were we... oh, yeah!

The Story of Job.

Bible - pretty straight forward... has Job right there at the top of the pages.

Atlas - got it.

Next... Next... Next..

Okay - selected, opened, placed.


Now - lighting.

Given the story, I think I want the contrast of left to right for when the story moves from the 'chit chat' phase to the real 'brass tacks' of the tale.

Let's do 'white' on the one side and maybe 'red' on the other.

And, coincidentally, the page of the largest book, the Atlas, has a great visual and physical divide of the story to help with that... Left side 'chit chat' - Right side 'brass tacks'
So, camera left - 20" Deep Parabolic with Grid to light the scene but allow isolation by keeping the light focused and contained.
Now, camera right - Snoot with Grid and Red Gel to toss some 'red' on that side but very specifically paced primarily on the right hand page (the image that, well, can certainly handle some 'red') and the physical 'valley' that is crossed both in the physical book AND in the story (when the wager is set).

Okay - ready.

Balance the light for the exposure I want... aaaaaaand... ... ...

Eh. It's oh-kay.

Okay - the books are ready... but it needs one more thing...

Someone reading/studying/exploring the story.

Despite the lock down, there are other available hands confined to this space...

Okay - request an assist... discuss... position...

Hmmm... Nope.

Not even gonna' post that one.

Hey - 'hand model' has a suggestion... and it is a GREAT suggestion.

Okay - discuss... position...

Aaaaaaand... ... ...


And you know I gotta' do it b/w, too... right?

Okay - that's a wrap!

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Abderrahim Laab 1 month, 2 weeks ago

That was amazing story and technics :D

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Pino Pino Replied to Abderrahim Laab 1 month, 2 weeks ago

smile thanks!

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Antonio Gil 2 months, 1 week ago

Love the B&W picture (and the narrative to get there too)

2 months, 1 week ago Edited
Pino Pino Replied to Antonio Gil 2 months, 1 week ago

Thanks, Antonio!

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Camellia Staab 2 months, 1 week ago

I liked reading your story and the steps you took to put the photo subjects together. To be honest I don't know which photo I like best, #2 or #3. Although, I am more of a color person, somehow the b&w also grabs my attention. Well done and thanks for sharing smile

2 months, 1 week ago Edited
Pino Pino Replied to Camellia Staab 2 months, 1 week ago

Thanks, Camellia!

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