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Posted 09 March 2019 - 12:53 AM

The assignment sounded like it was straightforward:  shoot a stemware glass containing liquid against a dark background.  The added challenge was to arrange lighting so as to light the edges of the glass. 

 

Easier said than done.  When I originally shot this, I didn't like the reflections on the sides of the glass.  When we discussed it in class, Don told me that the reflections are actually a very important part of the image.  His suggestion was to arrange my lighting or reflectors, to show the edge of the glass.

 

I was really pleased with the results of Round 2.

 

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This was shot with:

2 Godox SK-300 strobes, with soft-boxes

2 scrims

24-70/f 2.8 @ 60mm

f 16

1/125 sec

ISO 64

In case you're wondering, that is NOT a reflection.  Turns out that many commercial photographers take this type of shot by inverting one class, then standing another glass on top.  Warning:  don't knock the glass over; it can get very MESSY.  :rolleyes:

 

In Wednesday's class, Don told me that I nailed it.  He added this was good enough to use in a mailer to prospective clients.  I'll savour this praise for a few days.  The next 2 assignments require us to take our game to a higher level.

 

Thanks for looking, everyone.  :)


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Posted 09 March 2019 - 02:47 AM

Well I'm impressed Mark... looks very inviting.


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Posted 09 March 2019 - 01:53 PM

Well I'm impressed Mark... looks very inviting.

 

Thank you, Peter.  :)


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Posted 09 March 2019 - 04:48 PM

Pro work there

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Posted 10 March 2019 - 12:23 PM

Looks very good.  If I was to pick a nit (for the sake of improvement only) I'd say to try get the top rim a bit more visible all around.

I'm wondering if that is due to the POV being a tad lower than the top edge.

A direct on approach may light it better.


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Posted 10 March 2019 - 01:11 PM

Pro work there

 

Looks very good.  If I was to pick a nit (for the sake of improvement only) I'd say to try get the top rim a bit more visible all around.

I'm wondering if that is due to the POV being a tad lower than the top edge.

A direct on approach may light it better.

 

Thank you, Dennis and Gordon.

 

Excellent suggestion, Gordon.  That is a work in progress.  Don had previously made 2 suggestions:  1) hang a white reflector card behind and above the subject; or 2) position the soft-boxes so that at least half of each soft-box is behind the subject, allowing the light to wrap around.  Suggestion 1 went nowhere, even when I hung the card so that it was in the camera frame (I could always PS it out  ;) ).  Suggestion 2 got much better results, especially when I used a levels adjustment.  That said, it is still very much a work in progress.  :)


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Posted 10 March 2019 - 11:51 PM

Pro level work, Mark. Well done.

 

I like it.  It has depth.  This is a tricky shot, as you will know.  In my opinion, it is very well lit.

 

I would have maybe stood back more and split the image with a reflection, but I would have to see it first.

 

The image has depth, this is important for this type of capture.  I don't think I could offer any further critique as I think it is technically very well done.

The only place to go with it now would be experimentation.  Perhaps a light on the top that lights up the fluid? I don't think you need more wrap around light as your two strobes have accomplished that.  I think you need to shot some light into the glass.

You are getting very good at this!


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Posted 11 March 2019 - 12:49 PM

Pro level work, Mark. Well done.

 

I like it.  It has depth.  This is a tricky shot, as you will know.  In my opinion, it is very well lit.

 

I would have maybe stood back more and split the image with a reflection, but I would have to see it first.

 

The image has depth, this is important for this type of capture.  I don't think I could offer any further critique as I think it is technically very well done.

The only place to go with it now would be experimentation.  Perhaps a light on the top that lights up the fluid? I don't think you need more wrap around light as your two strobes have accomplished that.  I think you need to shot some light into the glass.

You are getting very good at this!

 

Thank you, Art.  Very much appreciated.

 

Experimentation is definitely the next step.  I actually tried a few things while shooting this.  I found that I could change the size of the reflections on either side of the glass by moving my soft-boxes in and out.  Light is absolutely fascinating.  :)


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Posted 12 March 2019 - 02:32 AM

 

Thank you, Art.  Very much appreciated.

 

Experimentation is definitely the next step.  I actually tried a few things while shooting this.  I found that I could change the size of the reflections on either side of the glass by moving my soft-boxes in and out.  Light is absolutely fascinating.  :)

Welcome, Mark.

 

Isn't it though!  Some photographers manage to exploit light brilliantly.  If makes you drool when you understand it, but can't quite get there!

 

I think the most successful photographers understand light and then shape a look that defines their style.


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