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Apr 11, 2019 13:44:21   #
Jim-Pops Loc: Granbury, Texas
 
I've been working hard learning and improving my still life and product photography. I just recently learned of this different set up for rim light. I am showing the set up in the second photo. The back softbox has about 1/3 of the center covered in black paper. I have a speed light in the softbox set at 1/16 power. This made the rim light. I used 2 white bounce boards on either side to bring light around to the front. I added one more tilted in front of the camera on the floor to add a little more light center front. This by itself would produce a pretty good picture but I wanted to add additional light on the front button and knob. To do this I added a snoot with a grid set at 1/64 power with defuser paper attached to the front to make just a bit softer. Camera setting were Manual, 1/25 sec f/5.6 ISO 100. Oh yea my wife helped me hold one of the reflector boards.
All comments are very welcome.


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Apr 11, 2019 14:54:54   #
Blenheim Orange Loc: Michigan
 
Interesting set up. Thanks for showing it.

The results seem excellent to me.

Mike

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Apr 11, 2019 20:14:50   #
E.L.. Shapiro Loc: Ottawa, Ontario Canada
 
Perfect! Great separation in the black on black treatment on upper part of the mic. Good rendition of textures. Fine lighting on the polished metal. Great dimension.

Nice high tech product shot!

Your wife is an expert reflector operator. You did good too!👍

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Apr 12, 2019 07:55:57   #
ronz Loc: Florida
 
I would make a suggestion if you don't mind. Reflect just a bit more light on the manufactures name and they would purchase your image. Very nice job on the metal and defining the image very well.

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Apr 12, 2019 08:28:39   #
Jim-Pops Loc: Granbury, Texas
 
E.L.. Shapiro wrote:
Perfect! Great separation in the black on black treatment on upper part of the mic. Good rendition of textures. Fine lighting on the polished metal. Great dimension.

Nice high tech product shot!

Your wife is an expert reflector operator. You did good too!👍


Thanks E.L. I hesitated to post in this section till I had what I thought was a quality photo. I was hoping you would comment as I respect your opinion with your expertise.

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Apr 12, 2019 08:31:15   #
Jim-Pops Loc: Granbury, Texas
 
ronz wrote:
I would make a suggestion if you don't mind. Reflect just a bit more light on the manufactures name and they would purchase your image. Very nice job on the metal and defining the image very well.


Thanks Ronz, I don't mind the suggestion. I will try as you suggested. I think I could do it with the dodge tool and not have to reshoot.

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Apr 12, 2019 09:45:17   #
E.L.. Shapiro Loc: Ottawa, Ontario Canada
 
Jim-Pops wrote:
Thanks Ronz, I don't mind the suggestion. I will try as you suggested. I think I could do it with the dodge tool and not have to reshoot.


Here's a dodged version. If you decided to reshoot, increase your depth of field to bring the set- screw in the right side into sharper focus
You may consider slightly rotating the unit toward the camera.


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Apr 12, 2019 09:49:01   #
E.L.. Shapiro Loc: Ottawa, Ontario Canada
 
ronz wrote:
I would make a suggestion if you don't mind. Reflect just a bit more light on the manufactures name and they would purchase your image. Very nice job on the metal and defining the image very well.


Good observation! Product identification is very important to commercial clients.

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Apr 12, 2019 16:54:45   #
Jim-Pops Loc: Granbury, Texas
 
Thanks again E.L. I did as you suggested and lightened the words and logo. Definitely improve the shot. One thing I didn't mention the shot is 4 stacked images for greater focus. I missed the right knob, one more focus shot for that area would have got it. Now this area is all I see. Another thing I should have done was to tether the camera to see the full image better on computer screen. I thought about tethering but thought I had it.

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Apr 12, 2019 17:06:45   #
Blenheim Orange Loc: Michigan
 
Jim-Pops wrote:
Thanks again E.L. I did as you suggested and lightened the words and logo. Definitely improve the shot. One thing I didn't mention the shot is 4 stacked images for greater focus. I missed the right knob, one more focus shot for that area would have got it. Now this area is all I see. Another thing I should have done was to tether the camera to see the full image better on computer screen. I thought about tethering but thought I had it.


I don't find the slightly soft focus on the right knob distracting at all, rather I think it improves the image.

Mike

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Apr 12, 2019 17:28:06   #
E.L.. Shapiro Loc: Ottawa, Ontario Canada
 
Blenheim Orange wrote:
I don't find the slightly soft focus on the right knob distracting at all, rather I think it improves the image.

Mike


I kinda the like the selective focus effect as well- a nice "portrait"of a microphone- makes me wanna buy one just like it! Problem is, my hightech hardwear clients wanna see the dust or germs on stuff. Sometimes the shots are for instruction sheets or detailed brochures so the wanna see the slots on the screws and the knerling on the knobs. The engineers don't appreciate "bokeh" and soft focus- bunch of fuss pots and sore heads- no appreciation of artistry! Sometimes I will shot a "high tech" kinda shot for the industrial designers and a "mood" shot for the ad agency.

Gotta say, that is one heck of a good stacking job! Me, I'm old school- just call me "Mr. Scheinpflug"!


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Apr 12, 2019 18:19:20   #
Blenheim Orange Loc: Michigan
 
E.L.. Shapiro wrote:
...just call me "Mr. Scheinpflug"!




Now, how many people will catch that reference?

Mike

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Apr 12, 2019 18:34:08   #
E.L.. Shapiro Loc: Ottawa, Ontario Canada
 
Blenheim Orange wrote:


Now, how many people will catch that reference?

Mike


Like it lit up on the pinball machine when bad boys lifted front of the machine to cheat "TILT"!



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Apr 12, 2019 18:51:44   #
Jim-Pops Loc: Granbury, Texas
 
I did as suggested. I opened up, brightened the words some maybe not as much as suggested but wanted to keep the vertical blends. I didn't want to reshoot so I sharpened the right knob and some clean up on its edges. I enjoyed all the comments on this one. I will be back with a glass bell when I figure out how to shoot it with some drama.


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Apr 12, 2019 21:49:59   #
E.L.. Shapiro Loc: Ottawa, Ontario Canada
 
Jim-Pops wrote:
I did as suggested. I opened up, brightened the words some maybe not as much as suggested but wanted to keep the vertical blends. I didn't want to reshoot so I sharpened the right knob and some clean up on its edges. I enjoyed all the comments on this one. I will be back with a glass bell when I figure out how to shoot it with some drama.


Glass bell- sounds interesting! With glass, the secret word is "Transilluminate". Try lighting it in a glass or Plexiglass table or shelf and light it from undreneith. Or...light thr background and sillouette the lines of the bell.

Looking forward to your ideas!

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