How to Light Objects in Photography

There are lots of ways to introduce studio lighting and it seems like every book I’ve ever read has a different way of going about it. I think that studio lighting is like telling a story, you can be a master of grammar but without a good idea, the story will be lackluster. The same goes for image making. This is where one should begin: with an idea and the desire to achieve it. Lighting in Photography: Studio Lighting for Objects For as many introductions there are to studio lighting, there are also as many types of studio lighting. If you wish to some day work as a professional, it is in your best interest to be able to light any situation from products to models, table top to cloth swatches. There are two major principles to beginning any studio project. The first is the location of the “key” light. The … Read more

How to Photograph White Object on White Background

First, let’s see what I used: a white textile (canvas or so) and not a paper. Why? Because I want the result to be realistic and not plane. Also, it’s important that the background surface should not be glossy. Natural light plus a tungsten light (two of them would be even better) and fill flash. Because the flash might overexpose some ares of the photo (usually the central area), I use a diffuser made from a very transparen’t soft plastic or canvas piece. Usually this kind of thing refers to macro shots, so you may want to shoot in macro mode or manual. Now let’s see the tips: 1. Use a textile background that makes a few soft “natural waves” 2. Use one little colored piece in your white composition as a reference 3. Use lights from all sides to avoid big dark shadows 4. Use fill flash (better with … Read more

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