Magic Bowl

A simple trick for you today.

How do you create a magic bowl like this?

Magic Bowl (Photo: Michael Willems)

Gold? Incantations?

Simple technology, of course – you knew that, or I would not have mentioned it here.

  1. Use studio lighting with a key and fill light.
  2. Use a darker background – or move the subject away from a lighter background, to also make it darker.
  3. Then light the background with a flash with a gel – I used a speedlight (as it befits the speedlighter), with a Honl Photo “egg yolk yellow” gel.

That looks like this:

Magic Bowl Setup (Photo: Michael Willems)

See the flash behind the bowl, aimed up? Simple, innit – once you know?


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