Thursday, 4 August 2011

Applying lighting techniques

This assignment was the hardest for me. I used the natural lights before that. This assignment took twice as long as, in the past. But I feel that I have learned to use and handle the lights.
For this assignment I use the house of a see snail - of course it's empty :) It has nice color, detailed surface and special shape.
Sometimes the lighting was very difficult because the object is asymmetrical and different thicknesses.

First time I used a white reflector. It did not give satisfactory results. Then I thought that I placed the soft box behind the object. First, the top of the shell got too much light. I set the lamp lower - and I get the nice shape.

The shell spines are very characteristic -  I wanted to show. I tryed many settings, but all too many seemed to object. I wanted to emphasize the thorns. I used a hard light to highlight the forms. I put a spot light above and behind the shell. The node of light is very restricted. The hard shadows present the form of the object.

For this image I used a spotlight on the right side of the lens. This resulted in a beautiful picture, but the shadows on the dark side are very hard. I used a white reflector to give light to the dark parts, but the shadows do not lose as completely.

The shell side is white with yellow and brown stripes. I placed two soft-boxes next to the camera, in same level of the object. It was a very schematic picture. I placed a warm light spot over the shell. This give a nice sparkle to the top of the object.

When I was experimenting in the spot light, I saw that the shell is translucent in the bright light. I tried to find a situation where the light is not distracting but illuminating the shell.

This image is interesting from that I used a torch for illumination. I used long exposure time, and I quickly moved the torch around the object. I made a lot of pictures, but it's the most balanced.

Shiny surfaces

Shiny statuettes, without tracing paper cone

Shiny statuettes, with tracing paper cone

Shiny metal flower, without tracing paper cone

Shiny metal flower, with tracing paper cone

Contrast & shadow fill

Without diffuser & reflector

Without diffuser, far white reflector

Without diffuser, close white reflector

Without diffuser, far foil reflector
Without diffuser, close foil reflector

Without diffuser, far crupmled-foil reflector

Without diffuser, close crumpled-foil reflector

With diffuser, without reflector

With diffuser, far white reflector

With diffuser, close white reflector

With diffuser, far foil reflector

With diffuser, close foil reflector

With diffuser, far crumpled-foil reflector

With diffuser, close crumpled-foil reflector