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From Lighting Test to Album Cover: The Tale of a Photo in the Social Media Age

Posted On: Oct 11, 2018   |   Posted By: Peta Pixel

From Lighting Test to Album Cover: The Tale of a Photo in the Social Media Age

As a photographer in 2018, I can't help but think of my photos as drops in an ocean of imagery. Here are a few quick stats: There are over 60 million photos uploaded to Instagram every day. Then there are the photos posted to Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook , blogs, etc, etc.
Then you have the printed image, with over 1,300 daily newspapers and 7,000 magazines currently in publication, in the U.S. alone. Then you've got ads, with the average person seeing more than 5,000 images a day. We are steeped in images.
All that to say I gave it little thought when I posted this photo to my modest blog in 2015:
The photo was the result of 3-4 different lighting experiments I conducted in my basement studio that morning.
I had been experimenting with firing red and cyan-gelled flashes through a white bed sheet with a slit cut into it, in order to get a large soft light source with a strip of hard light. Though I was happy enough with the...

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