I spent a little more than a week planning this photo project. I wanted a still life composition that was put together using a few uncommon items that would spark curiosity and give viewers something totally unique. I searched my home time and time again for items that fit the guidelines that I set for this project but came up empty handed.
While standing in line waiting for the next teller at my bank the idea came to me. I remembered the silver bars and 24K gold Smith and Wesson handcuffs that were in my safe deposit box, and thought to myself that these were perfect for my photo project. They weren’t items that everyone had, especially the handcuffs! I left the bank with a silver bar and handcuffs in hand and went to work.
After experimenting with lighting, camera angles, and focal points, I finally settled on the two images below:
Overall, I like how the photos turned out. Opening the aperture from f/6.3 to f/4 gave the lower photo more exposure which enhanced the gold accents of the scene. For lighting, I used a soft box and a reflector which eliminated harsh lighting that would have been present if I had used a flash. The soft box gives a soft white light and is generally used in portrait taking and videography, but I really like the light that it gives to the scene.