"What on earth is he doing now?" This was me preparing for a photoshoot. Well, I say "photoshoot" but really it was me balancing precariously on the very edge of that sofa trying to keep my iPhone steady as I took what turned out to be great photos of things I'd put on top of that white blanket, all the while trying not to fall on them and cost myself a lot of money. There's reason to my madness.
I'm not only a fan of the Commodore 64 and all its associated paraphernalia, I'm also a keen user of modern day Apple products and on the blog before now I've equated my fondness for them to the fondness I felt for the C64 back in the day (click here). Hence my little logo of the Commodore 'C' with an Apple-shaped chunk taken out of it that you'll see pop up now and again. I follow quite a few people associated with both streams of technology on Instagram and while the Commie users share quick photos of their desks and play areas strewn with their goodies, the Apple fans seem to take quite a bit more time setting up some very beautiful and creative shots.
As a result there are many people who have set up accounts on Instagram to collect together such photos and share them with a wider audience. In many cases people tag these accounts to get their photos shared and get feedback from other fans, which gave me an idea. But first, here's some examples from just one such feed called ApplesFresh.
To begin with I figured these were always professional photographers who used their Macs etc. for their work, as I'd seen many similar photos on the covers of magazines such as Mac User. But the more I saw the more I realised that while it may have started off that way a long time ago these were now regular fans. Just like me.
But I wasn't thinking of photographing my Apple equipment.
Now the most popular form of these seems to be setting up everything in straight lines inside a square or rectangular shape and taking a bird's eye shot, such as this following one for example.
For an idea I have for the Commodore and a possible future project I was thinking I'd need some good photographs of my setup. I've taken a few here and there for this blog but nothing I've spent too long in setting up. I see such photos as the ones above on a daily basis and suddenly the idea came to me. A fun idea which I thought would make an eye-catching photo, but for now I just wanted to see if I could pull off something similar to what I had in mind, to see if I had the photography chops as it were.
Taking a closer look I saw you didn't need a professional studio, a lot of the Apple photos seemed to be taken on top of plain white blankets or tabletops, so I soon found myself in the situation you saw at the very top of this post. After going to all this trouble it'd seem rude not to take one of my Apple equipment to begin and compare it to the ones I see on Instagram. This was the result.
I was very pleased with how it came out! As you can see my iPhone is in the shot so I had to use an old digital camera and spent ages trying to tinker with its settings and must've taken dozens of photos before I got one without shaky blurring. I then processed it through my Gimp art package on the Mac Mini you can also see above and this was the end result. I was ready!
I now knew what was needed and that I could do something similar to all those other Apple photos and I'm sure you can see where this is going now. So with the iPhone now taking the photo (which made it much, much easier and quicker to get a good result) I set about taking apart my Commodore equipment and finding a way to set it all up within the same space and within the same kind of rectangle. The reaction I got on Instagram was brilliant and many saw the funny side of what I was trying to do.
I was extremely pleased with the end result.
But why am I doing all of this?
Well for a bit of fun really and to share it on Instagram as a little joke on all the Apple photos I enjoy so much on a daily basis, while also sharing the Commodore 64 love within the setting of the modern world, which is central to the idea I've had for a future project. If it comes to fruition it'll all make sense. Before then I've got other bits of writing lined up I need to concentrate on first of all, but in the meantime this almost feels like a proof of concept.
Watch this space.
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