Goddard Bug ©johncameron.ca

Sean Goddard Insects was a fun client to work with on Salt Spring Island. In those days Sean created a wide variety of insects designed to be mounted on exteriors of homes.

The bugs ranged from smallish to very large (24 inch or greater wingspan).

I generally worked in the studio and delivered images with each insect on a white background (for the widest use in web and print).

Occasionally, we’d do some fun/silly/eye catching things for promotions like Sean surfing on, or (as in the image below) just sitting crosslegged on one of his pieces. Because the backgrounds were always white, it was easy to get a photo of just Sean on the seamless white background then later, on the computer, digitally fit him into place onto a bug.

Technical: The nice thing about studio photography is that the photographer is controlling the light. The studio flashes have consistent output and the always-on modelling lights let the photographer see where the shadows will be when the flash fires. A flash meter can be used to measure the exact amount of light hitting any part of the objects being photographed.

The light remains consistent from session to session. I used to make a quick sketch at the end of a studio session to further save time and ensure consistency for each client’s work.