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Beetlejuice vs. Batman Setup

Beetlejuice vs. Batman Setup

Posted to Flickr on 22 April 2010. Part of the Setup series.

Occasionally I get questions about my setups, so I captured this one for Beetlejuice vs. Batman. As you can see, the "diptych look" is captured in-camera: no post-processing.

The back "wall" is posterboard. The two paper patterns are attached to the wall with sticky notes.

The "floor" is a dark wooden shelf with the two paper patterns positioned to line up with the wall patterns.

The "ceiling" is a 43 inch Opteka translucent disc reflector, a Christmas gift from my brother. Positioned on top of the ceiling is a $1 battery-operated light with a slight yellow hue (over Beetlejuice) and a disc-shaped LED with a slight blue hue (over Batman). Attached to the left side and aimed at Batman’s face is a clip-on LED with a cone made of aluminum foil.

In the setup photo the room’s lights are on, but for the actual photo they were turned off.

The camera is positioned just out of frame, relatively low, and pointed slightly upward. From this angle, moving Batman slightly forward helps hide the height discrepancy between the two figures.

As always, the colors, levels, etc. are tweaked in iPhoto before I upload to Flickr.

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This photo was taken in my kitchen using some pretty simple Gear. You might be surprised to discover how low-tech my "photography studio" really is.

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Batman is a superhero appearing in comic books published by DC Comics. He was created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger and first appeared in Detective Comics #27 (1939). The rich industrial, playboy, and philanthropist Bruce Wayne, having watched his parents murdered as a child, swore to protect Gotham City from criminals by honing his physical and mental skills to the peak of human perfection. The Dark Knight’s costume varies but typically includes a cowl with bat-like ears, a scalloped cape, a utility belt, and a stylized bat emblem on the chest. He is often depicted as part of the Justice League superhero team along with Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash, and others. The character was played by Adam West in the television series Batman (1966), voiced by Kevin Conroy in Batman: The Animated Series (1992), and played by Christian Bale in a series of films directed by Christopher Nolan starting with Batman Begins (2005).


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