My Latest Photo Project

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:


1/60 Sec. at f/6.3, ISO 200, 60mm


1/60 Sec. at f/4, ISO 200 60mm

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.


About WilliamSipe

I moved to Baltimore in 1994 to continue my printing career, and to seek out better opportunities. While picking up valuable experience in two different printing companies, I began thinking of starting my own business. My son was born on July 31, 2004, and is a very special child that means the world to me. After a near-fatal accident that left me disabled in 2004 and unable to return to my printing job, I decided to fall back on my passion for photography and graphic design and work for myself. This is when Pro-PhotoShots was born. Deciding to make photo gifts such as t-shirts, mouse pads, tote bags, sportspacks just to name a few, I bought the necessary equipment and went to work. Using my industrial grade quality materials and equipment and my experience in both photography and graphic design, I went public with my website ( offering my services to the world! It's been a great experience, and I hope we are still going strong many years from now.
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