Harp Guitars in Lights

…no, not on the stage…just in my family room.

I just tried out my new light set to shoot a special Kathy Wingert harp guitar (just posted for sale here…through a convoluted series of trades, I found myself in possession of the amazing instrument…).

I bought this set-up from this link, at the recommendation of Jonathan Bouquet,  research assistant /photographer at the National Music Museum.  The advantage is that the lights are not so hot, but are 5000k in color temperature, so much closer to natural sunlight.  The soft boxes are just big and diffuse enough to get decent results without spending too much time.

Nothing fancy – I quickly set the white balance with a simple filter for each shot, and also now use a plain off-white backdrop, per the amazing Laurie Evans, who I blogged about here.

Seems to have helped quite a bit, though I still had to Photoshop some.  I could (and should) spend more time learning how to take better photos (it’s not like I don’t enjoy it), but too many projects in queue!

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