This week I decided to break out a prop- a crystal ball (which raised Peter’s eyebrows when he watched me ginglerly carry it through the house, and attempt to carry it on a walk). I love experimenting with refraction through glass, water, whatever substance will distort a subject….this week’s project was right up my alley.
I bought a “meditation” ball on Amazon, and was in business. Everything in the house was fair game, including my husband, who after the first hour insisted on a model release, a personal trailer, and a make-up artist…..then I reminded him rookie models are professional and don’t make such demands (or complain as much).
If you decide to try this here are some tips
- Make sure you buy a solid crystal ball – my first one was hollow. I should have known better for the dirt cheap price.
- Pay attention to light reflections…..its really difficult not to get window or unwanted sky reflections. It’s almost like shooting through a fish-eye.
- The distance from the subject matters. It’s almost like a magnifying glass, the closer you get to the subject, the larger it will be in the ball.
- Pay attention to your background….and the distance of your background from your subject. You’ll be moving things around a lot to get just the right look.
- Use a macro lens with a wide aperture. This will allow you to get close and eliminate unwanted background.
- Change your angle. Move around the ball, and change your height to see what the best angle is. Peter and I actually bumped heads trying to find the angle for the star fish picture.
Here are my best pics for the week: