Sunday, January 8, 2012
|-120 degree light offset, 60watt clear|
OK, take two, I set up a white reflected card (which was actually a white piece of funny foam stuff from Joann's, since that was like a dollar and buying actual photographic white card seemed like it might be expensive.) I set that up between 90 and 120 degrees positive. (So basically the other side of the food).
|same as above, plus a white reflector card|
White reflects a lot of light back, and everything looks more bright with the shadows on the right side. Kinda nice. I did try one more thing.
|Used my mac laptop as a brushed silver reflector card|
So yeah, I propped up my laptop as a reflector card. Brushed silver is apparently thing. I actually like it the best. I suspect because it was more shiny and thus more reflective than the foam, which is pretty much matte. Really, though, all if it seems a little bit too high contrast for me. So I decided to lower the wattage of the light bulb and switched to a ceiling fan 40 watt bulb.
I also switched everything around, because I think the peppers are naturally too shiny, and I was trying to get a handle on this diffuse light thing.
|40 watts, no reflector card|
|40 watts, back to the white foam|
|I used a white melamine tray instead of the foam|
Here's some shots I took with my iPhone of the setup for taking these pictures. They are not great because it was kind of hard to figure out what to take of, but maybe they will be illustrative.
|top view, pretend the white card was held up by something|
|Side view, continue to assume that card is being held up|
|super closeup. ignore my dishes, ok? thanks|
I started to put everything away, but I realized that a lemon was not all that exciting and that I had some other food I could play with. (Yay playing with one's food!)
|same setup, with tomatoes|
|More food, un-oiled cutting board|
A few things:
- The differences are both subtle and dramatic with the reflector card, but you don't have to have anything fancy, so that's nice. I used a plate stand from my china and some white stuff I had around. The white card was really RIGHT up close to the right hand side of the food, though. Basically barely out of the shot.
- I had much better results when I started putting my camera right up next to the food. Because I have such a short lens, that means super close. If you have a longer lens, you might be able to be further away.
- These are the five or ten good shots out of maybe 50 or 60 total. Digital photography means volume is your friend! So wiggle around a little and stuff, until you get something you like, and throw the rest of what you don't like away.
- These are all straight out of the camera, no editing, no color correcting, using my camera's incandescent white balance. So nothing fancy and no post processing, which would probably help a bunch of them. Still, it shows what the different lights and stuff do.
- I have windows in my kitchen, so there was ambient/extra light in the room.
- I have a semi-fancy interchangeable lens camera. (Olympus Pen E-p3). Not a DSLR but still pretty nice. I am somewhat convinced, though, that you can get pretty good results with good lighting and a point and shoot, so that's something to think about. Case in point, I took this picture with the same lighting setup with the lemon. Not great, but not totally terrible. I probably needed more overall light with this.
|not awful for an iPhone|
I don't want to end my post with that, so here is that pretty tomato picture again.