Violins - Old and New

Violins – Old and New

June 10, 2013

Besides photography, my other hobby is music. I’ve played violin since about the age of 8 and I currently play with several groups. The groups range from a community orchestra to the praise band at my church. For the praise band, I normally play a 5-string electric violin.

Violins are beautiful works of art, but difficult to photograph. They have highly reflective curved surfaces that make lighting difficult. It’s akin to shooting cars. I’ve taken pictures like these before, but I’ve never been quite pleased with the lighting. Since I got the new Olympus macro lens this week, I decided to try again.

The pictures for this post were lit with two diffused speedlights at 45-degree angles. One was in a Lastolite softbox and the other was in a Kacey beauty dish with a diffusion sock. The lights were at about a 45-degree angle to the instruments to avoid harsh reflections.

The top photo is my favorite from this session, but here are two others I liked from this series:

Violin Scrolls

Violin Scrolls




Equipment Used

Olympus OM-D EM-5

Olympus 60mm f/2.8 Macro Lens

Lastolite Speedlight Softbox – 24×24

Kacey Beauty Dish with Diffusion Sock

Two Nikon SB-800 Speedlights