Posts tagged “Table Top photography

Studio No.4

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There are some very good lessons on studio lighting on Youtube – see Adorama, for example. When they talk about one light lighting, they usual mean one light and a reflector (which could just be a piece of white board to fill in shadows). Still life, table top photography calls for ingenuity and inventiveness (e.g DIY).


Studio No.3

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Most things have reflective surfaces that can cause hot spots, some of these may help your composition, most will not. Spending time understanding the angles that reduce hot spots is a necessary skill (move the camera or the light, find the angle with the best light and least hot spots).


Studio No.2

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Most of the points I make will sound obvious but believe me they matter. The first is about dust, no matter how clean your surface seems, there will always be dust. You won’t see it in camera or even looking closely at the set but it is there. While some can be fixed in processing it’s good to have a blower and cloth and go over the set several times.


Texture

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Here I have mixed a smooth surfaced object with a textured background. Depending on the shooting angle, backgrounds can be a little challenging and need special attention.


Backlit Glass

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Backlighting glass is one of the ways of avoiding problematic reflections. Glass is interesting to work with given the various shapes and sizes available.

 


Common Things

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Shooting things around the house may look easy but shiny surfaces, angles of light, types of lighting are all a little complicated to solve. The many tutorials on line help, but in the end, I think table top lighting has an interesting and fun learning curve.


This is as close

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This was as close as I will ever get to Czar Nicholas II and frankly he’s not in such great shape. Reflection was created with a black acrylic sheet under the coin. The coin was held steady by some wax.


Reflection No.1 (Two photographs)

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Normally when I talk about reflections it’s about a bird on the water, but it’s a bit too cold for that now. So a scotch tasting glass made for an interesting subject. Even alone the glass looked great, but stacked on top of another similar glass you would think that a mirror was causing the effect.


Cufflink

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In the studio as out in nature a good background is important. Old scarves, coloured paper, out of focus furniture etc. etc. can be made to work.