Lighting Techniques

How I Got That Shot: Christine Blackburne ‘Nails’ a Reflective Still Life

September 14, 2015

By Interview Holly Stuart Hughes


Blackburne set up her overall light to create highlights in the gold balls, adding a second light to provide fill on the hand. One challenge was making sure not to catch the reflection of her camera in any of the shiny elements.

Client: Nail It! Beauty Director: Karie Frost Still-life photographer Christine Blackburne says art directors and beauty editors often come to her with great concepts, then ask her to figure out how to make them work photographically. “I love solving these technical challenges. It’s fun for me,” says Blackburne, whose clients include e.l.f. Cosmetics, Harper Collins, Essence, People en Espanol, Marriott...

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