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Photo Illustration by Swikar Patel
Portrait of CFL (compact flourescent lights, left) and incandescent bulbs.

Lighting It Up

Camera: NIKON D3S

Shutter: 1/160 s

Aperture: f/8

Exposure Setting: Manual

ISO: 200

Strobe Flash: Studio Lights

Lens Focal Length: 150 mm

White Balance: Auto

Editor's Note: Swikar came to ask me about buying fishing line for this studio shot. I told him to go get some. If you are careful, you can use fishing line to hold things up, in the studio, and create some nice effects.

So, this is not a Photoshop shot - this is actually how it looked when Swikar shot it. The only real trouble he had with the shot was keeping the incandescent bulb from slipping off the string. The top of the bulb is so round and smooth, it's hard to find a way to make it stay.

He ended up tying a knot in the fishing line, then taping the bulb to the knot. Time was of the essence. He could get the bulb to stick, but after a little while, the knot would slip past the tape and the bulb would fall.

Fortunately, Swikar made a great shot without breaking any glass in the studio. If you look very closely, you can see a little bit of the tape he used on the bulb.

- Lara Neel, Visual Editor