More Self Isolating Photo Projects

Chelle Leary, Felicia Agostini, Lauren Baxter, Max Hipp, Thomas Beasley, Virginia Roulette [NIKON D4, 24.0-105.0 mm f/4.0, Mode = Manual, ISO 1600, 1/8000, ƒ/5, (35mm = 24)]

“Whenever you go on a trip to visit foreign lands or distant places, remember that they are all someone’s home and backyard.”

― Vera Nazarian

I shot this photo in my backyard a few years ago. This is just to show you some of your best work can happen at home.

Testing of the Sigma 35mm ƒ/1.4 Art lens for setup [NIKON D750, 35.0 mm f/1.4, Mode = Aperture Priority, ISO 100, 1/3200, ƒ/1.4, (35mm = 35)]

Many times I am testing some ideas at home that I later execute some place else.

Fruit Stand on farm [NIKON D750, 35.0 mm f/1.4, Mode = Manual, ISO 50, 1/640, ƒ/1.4, (35mm = 35)]

I have spent hours photographing birds that visit our yard.

Red-bellied Woodpecker [NIKON D4, 120.0-300.0 mm f/2.8, Mode = Aperture Priority, ISO 4000, 1/320, ƒ/6.3, (35mm = 300)]
Red-tailed Hawk in our backyard on our deck. [Fuji X-E2, Fuji 55-200mm, ISO 1000, ƒ/4.8, 1/400]

I have also photographed hummingbirds in our yard.

[Nikon, 120.0-300.0 mm f/2.8, ISO 6400, ƒ / 10, ¹⁄₂₀₀₀ sec] [NIKON D4, 120.0-300.0 mm f/2.8, Mode = Shutter Priority, ISO 6400, 1/2000, ƒ/10, (35mm = 600)]

“You can spend your whole life traveling around the world searching for the Garden of Eden, or you can create it in your backyard.”

― Khang Kijarro Nguyen
Mushrooms in yard [NIKON D750, 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6, Mode = Aperture Priority, ISO 2500, 1/500, ƒ/5.6, (35mm = 300)]

Take your camera and just explore your house and yard.

Take your lights outside and have fun as well in your yard.

Pocketwizard AC9 Test

Try your small lights as well. See what you can do with all this time in isolation.

Testing the MagMod for headshots
Taylor Lalli

Something to shoot during self isolation

Dodge Viper [COOLPIX P7000, , Mode = Manual, ISO 100, 1/1250, ƒ/6.3, (35mm = 30)]

This was one of my favorite photo shoots. I loved the Dodge Viper for the lines and styling.

Dodge Viper [COOLPIX P7000, , Mode = Manual, ISO 100, 1/1250, ƒ/8, (35mm = 68)]

I recommend just having fun at your own house taking photos of some fun objects. I went to the local store and bought this car and then just had fun lighting it.

Dodge Viper [COOLPIX P7000, , Mode = Manual, ISO 100, 1/640, ƒ/7.1, (35mm = 45)]

I even shot this on a super simple Nikon P7000 point and shoot camera.

Dodge Viper [COOLPIX P7000, , Mode = Manual, ISO 100, 1/1250, ƒ/7.1, (35mm = 41)]

I suspended one large 32″ x 40″ soft box above the car on a white seamless.

Dodge Viper [COOLPIX P7000, , Mode = Manual, ISO 100, 1/1250, ƒ/6.3, (35mm = 30)]

After shooting with simple lighting setup I decided to ad some color.

Dodge Viper [COOLPIX P7000, , Mode = Manual, ISO 100, 1/640, ƒ/8, (35mm = 153)]

So I added some blue and then tried red.

Dodge Viper [COOLPIX P7000, , Mode = Manual, ISO 100, 1/1000, ƒ/7.1, (35mm = 119)]

This is so fun just to take a model car and just have fun seeing what you can do with just a simple light and white background.

Dodge Viper [COOLPIX P7000, , Mode = Manual, ISO 100, 1/1250, ƒ/7.1, (35mm = 41)]

I put this last photo in for scale. I don’t think the local store has sold out of car models. Next time you are buying toilet paper during our coronavirus social isolating crisis, pick up a car and have some fun with your camera and a simple one light. Use a white sheet or since the car is so small, maybe just a pillow case and create some fun images.