Posts tagged “Studio Photography

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White on White (Two Photographs)

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Horizons are important I have found out, as is both on set and post production cleaning of the image. Still the results can be dramatic. The lighting is challenging if you want realistic shadows; I went for hard light to accentuate the shadows.


Garlic (Two Photographs)

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Having gone through two other similar set ups, the lighting for this subject was easier. This is one of the all time truths of photography. Every genre has a learning curve and at first it’s daunting and a bit of perseverance is the only solution. You read the manual and the solution never quite comes out the same, the recipe needs your own touch.


An Apple, A Pear and Lime (Three Photographs)

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I am gaining great respect for product photographers and still life photographers. The set-up and lighting is one thing, editing is another. All have a learning curve, until you figure things out. There is some educational material on the web for lighting, some on composition but little on editing, and all of it is subject dependant (e.g. glass, metal, opaque subjects etc.). But after this studio work, I went out into the forest today and had a better appreciation for the light I saw.


Artichokes (Two Photographs)

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There is a fair amount of work required in the processing of still life; to clean up, to adjust colour, and to ensure a usable background. These shots proved easier than most, and I found the black and white versions far superior to the original colour versions.


Shadows and Highlights (Three Photographs)

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With studio strobe lighting you get a very sharp tool as opposed to using continuous light, everything is a matter of inches. Realistic shadows are the next thing I will tackle. The shadows here are too subtle. I figured out a polarizing filter would help tone down highlights that were too bright. One step forward at the very least.


Dust and Other Issues (Three Photographs)

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Cleaning the metal objects turned out to be easier in Photoshop than in the real world. I was able to mitigate the glare on the fruit with a polarizing filter. This was the first time in a long time that I shot a piece of reflective steel. The angle of your camera relative to the light is key but I did not want the highlights to go completely so I compromised. Still more to learn on perspective and depth of field but my lighting experiments are coming along. An Xrite colour checker is coming in handy, when I remember to use it, for white balance, and I am tethering the camera to a laptop, giving an easier way to look at composition and lighting before taking the picture, and reviewing the results immediately afterwards.