Yesterday one of the pages apparently didn’t have enough copy to fill it. As a result, Nita, the Editor in Chief of the paper, asked if I could do a photo illustration. She collected some textbooks for me and this was the result.
For a bunch of books stacked on top of each other, it came out fine. Although something about it bugged me at first, not sure what it was though.
One of the things I really like about this photo is the lighting. I had an off camera lamp that had a compact fluorescent light bulb to create a base light and a flash unit, connected by a sync chord, to fill in the rest and bring the overall light up.
The setup prevented the image from looking too flat in my opinion and I think its one of the better straight photo illustrations I’ve done.