When you posts these, I like to imagine how I would do it. I was thinking of having a small round light to act like the sun hitting the lens. This light wouldn't be the lights that was lighting the subject. and then I thought faking it in PS, by adding a light with some streaks. thus the question.
I wasn't sure how to define "real". Then I decided just to post the behind-the-scenes shot that we are required to submit with each assignment.
As you can see, your solution is pretty close to what I actually did. I initially tried this with just the strobe, but that was too harsh. Adding the diffuser, then using the Radial Blur filter in PS did the trick.
We weren't allowed to "fake" the light. The idea was to position that real light in such a way that it would show the different colours in the lens of each pair, while shooting to an exact layout. Never a dull moment!
First some background: while I have been interested in photography since my teens, life (you know: stuff like marriage, work and kids ) didn't always allow me to pursue like I wanted to. We were so busy raising our son that I missed all of this. For that reason, this is informative for me.
Thanks for sharing the link, Herman. His YouTube Channel is worth subscribing to.
The first half of this was useful information for anyone who has a TC or is thinking about buying one. The second half was aimed more at wildlife shooters. That should make lots of folks around here very happy.
The hypothetical client was an upscale local boutique. The campaign was featuring high-heeled women's shoes. It was important to show texture; height of heel; shape of toe; and finally, possibly the insole. As with most of our recent assignments, this is easier said than done.
This was shot on clear plexiglass over black paper.
I wasn't kidding when I said that this was easier said than done. Here's the lighting set-up:
1 Godox SK-300 strobe with soft-box. Large scrim in front. In slave mode.
1 Godox SK-300 strobe with hood. Small scrim mounted on a light stand in front. In slave mode.
2 white reflector cards.
Yongnuo YN-685 speed light, mounted on a tripod. Blue gel taped to the head, with parchment paper over that. This was aimed at a Studio Grey back drop. Phottix wireless flash triggers were used, to fire it.
Post-processing was a bit more straight-forward. This was cropped in LR. Also, saturation adjustment for the blue spray light. Photoshop was used for cloning and healing, plus a levels adjustment and mask, to lighten only the shoes a bit more.
My instructor loved it, describing it as a portfolio-quality shot.
I had a lot of fun with this, both during the shoot and during post-processing. Ain't it amazing what you can do with a pair of cheap second-hand shoes, purchased at a local thrift store?
I won't knock it because competition like this keeps everybody else on their toes. However, I read that it is very costly. It's definitely targeted at a "niche" market: specifically folks who need a specialist camera like this bad enough to justify the cost ($13,300 at Henrys); or folks with experience in successful bank robbery!