I tried a few different setups over the course of the afternoon, but wasn't feeling it. Then I thought about my tax return, which prompted me to use a glove as a prop, placing coins in the hand. This represents our Benevolent Gov't. :-D
Okay, I did this on a chair in my living room as shown here:
- Canon 7D - set to full manual
- Canon 17-55 f2.8 lens, manual focus
- focal length 55mm, ISO 640, f3.5, 1/60, WB to "flash"
- I used two Yongnuo 560 flashes at 1/32 power, triggered by Cactus V5 remote, with Oikos yogurt containers on them to diffuse the light [idea stolen from Improve Photography], one bounced off the ceiling, the other pointed at the subject as key light [I used two because test shots looked weird with just the key light]
- Ambient light was from a large window behind me, but was so dim that the flashes completely overwhelmed it
Disclaimer: I have a love affair with shallow depth of field.
Here we go:
I used the same Lightroom settings on all 6 shots: cropping the top 20% of each image to get the "disembodied hand" thing going a bit more, jack the Clarity to 100%, increase orange saturation to make the dull gold pop a bit more against the black leather. I like this. It looks odd. However, the glove is a bit overwhelming. I ran through the whole thing again, but this time without the glove, and with a slightly different configuration:
I'm not as pleased with this one, so it gets second billing. Color/tone settings are the same as for the glove shots, but the cropping is about 20% off the top and 15% off the left side. The shape it makes [as shot from above] is a star:
Or maybe it's a body. Personification of monetization?
What I learned from this exercise is that off-camera flash is good. Also, I really like regular shapes - every time I put the coins down, I made a regular polygon or parallel lines or a stack/layer of some kind. It took effort to make a non-shape. In retrospect, I'm surprised I didn't make a bike or something...