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31/52: Maisie & Jack Cover

Each year since Maisie was born, I have been making a book of a selection of the best photographs of the children from the year. I have then given one to each set of grandparents as a Christmas present and kept another copy for ourselves.

 

The hardest part of making a photo book seems to have been deciding on the cover photograph. So this year I've decided to try and make a few photographs with the cover specifically in mind. Here's my first attempt. Space on the right for the imaginative title "Maisie & Jack 2011-2012".

 

This is a composite of two photographs, one per child. Maisie was sat facing her Mum, Naomi, and Jack was better distracted with an alternative option - Peppa Pig on the iPad!

 

Lighting was very simple. A strip light to the rear camera right of the kids so that their nearest cheeks weren't lit. A second strip light was also rear camera left just to slightly lift the back of their heads and shoulders out of complete darkness. Even though I set this light to be two stops down from the main light, I still took it down a little further in post.

 

Strobist:

 

Ranger Quadra A Head, B port at 4.0, 130x50 strip with both diffusers, rear camera right

Ranger Quadra A Head, B port at 2.0, 130x50 strip with both diffusers, rear camear left

 

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Taken on August 5, 2012