Once you do this with the incandescent light and the gel do you need to set the white balance? Or shoot a 18% card?
Here's the new improved set up and another try at controlling the light better.
Antonio Correia wrote:
It's late in the night now and I have to go to sleep, but here is my 1.st attempt to this assignment.
It's the first try and believe me, I tried hard. I fought with the hole stuff for some hours
The set-up and one picture. The other one is missing for the moment because I don't have any black cloth.
The set-up photo is out of focus because it was switched off I did not notice.
Wow, nice setup, you're getting into this stuff, aren't you?
5D, 50mm f/8 1/160 ISO400. SB28 1/2 power about 1yd behind diffusion panel (foam board)
And the setup is shown below.
Here are some of my reflection shots - shot with a 20D and a 45mm lens f8 1/200th ISO 100
The set up is shown here... Black felt background about 16x20inches about 18 9nches back from the bottle on my black speaker stand. 16x30 softbox on the left facing the bottle, and a silver Impact reflector immediately on the right of the bottle. Softbox triggered by a flash on the 20D.
Great shots, thank you! (quite a wine collection, too:-)
Nice touch with the ribbon.
I like the black reflecting stand, too:-)
#2 seem to have an exposure issue, the b/g is much brighter than the other two and is plainly visible and distracting...
I must also admit that a frontal flash kinda spoils it for me, I would rather prefer to have the side light only.
...The bottle is so black that if the background is 0,0,0, the bottle almost disappears into the background.
I should mention the flash I used on the camera was an MT-24ex, which has two flash lamps, that I used on either side of my lens to help eliminate reflections in the center of the bottles. I had been using this flash for macro on my 20D so I just grabbed it and swapped the macro lens for the 85mm lens.
Here is my offering. I had a hard time trying to get distinct edges and a white background. I used a flash behind the diffusers. I ended up using two diffusers to try and get the background an even white.
I see you're getting into the collections..:-)
How about adding liquid and using colored glass (please see the lead post for the exact assignments)?
BTW, it looks like you're not getting enough light To fix that (provided you don't have another light in the room), you can use long/blub exposure and manually trigger the flash as many times as needed.
Another thing to try with the light bg is to put flash behind the objects bu in fron of the white screen, pointing it in the same direction as camera does. This way you may get a might brighter bg...
I think the biggest issue with this setup is that you have a lot of white in front. Technically for this type of shot you only want to have bright back diffuser and the rest of the room in a total darkness/blackness. Otherwise, as your shot shows, you get a lot of unvanted reflections...
As for trying to get light through the thicker parts of the pitcher, I think this particular pitcher is a great candidate for combining refractive and reflective lighting. If you have a second flash, try setting up a second diffuser to the right of the pitcher. You'll also want a mask for this one but it doens't have to be 2:3. Just make sure that the lit area on the diffuser is at least as high as the pitcher itself and preferrably a bit higher. As for flash power, I'll keep the reflection fairly dark so it doesn't compete with your main light.
I tried using the second flash for the pitcher shot. I used Incandescent lighting for the background, adjusted the white balance off the back diffuser, added a gel to the flash to try and match the background lighting, and hand held the flash behind a second diffuser on the side.