Now the other issue is that these are all shots with flash photography because I have been messing about with that lately.
I started out just to get the red eye effect (no problem getting that with my eyes!) in the hope I could make profile pictures that looked more threatening and evil instead of the usual please hurt me look i wonder around with usually in life. Then I discovered that flash would do all kinds of other interesting stuff to boot. Thus the camera was already set up for the flash stuff.
So yeah I've been trying to achieve stuff more like this:
Instead of the please hurt me type look I wonder about with in real life:
I'm an expert in those crazy looking 1000 mile stares.
Worth noting while we are here how you can end up with strange dissolve looking effects depending on the position of the material too.
Anyway if I'm shooting video there will be no flash, so I turned it off but sadly that led to very different and minimal effects which is the opposite of what I was expecting because I was thinking less light, more shallower depth of field, and it should all work better.
This is what happened. It's an interesting effect because it looks sometimes like textured walls and a it like front projection too:
Not what I was going for but maybe worth remembering for the future.
I'm wondering if this means that I require very frontal light to get the effect.
I don't usually have the key light that front and centre and I'm going to have limited access to lights in the field too.
Midsummer was presumably all shot on a stage which makes things easier in that respect.
Anyone else tried anything like this and want to comment further?
The room is lit by a window to the right of the shot (should be obvious from the last photo but just thought I would say)