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ASAP critique on Granola shoot

 
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Aug 11, 2008 13:26 |  #1

Hey everyone, i just shot this pix http://www.flickr.com …photography4u/2​753493569/ (external link) and i don't know how to get the hazing/glare out of the right side of the glass, holding the granola. I tried a polarizer but it messed up the saturation and colors. Thanks So much


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Aug 11, 2008 13:35 |  #2

Change the angle of the shot or the light. You might also think about diffusing the light some more.


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Aug 11, 2008 13:45 |  #3

make sure you have a shadow just in front of where you are shooting to reduce any reflected light.


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Aug 11, 2008 14:04 |  #4

thanks.......i put some black paper in front of the glass and that reduced the glare. thanksso much everyone


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Aug 11, 2008 14:12 |  #5

here is the final shot, unedited. http://www.flickr.com …photography4u/2​754480572/ (external link)


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Aug 11, 2008 14:48 |  #6

TNP,

Visited your website and loved it. You definitely have the skills just need the right mix of lighting and composition. The second shot looks better. I used to be a food photographer and this is how I went about it.
My equipment was as follows:

I can' tell what gear ur using, but if you have an on camera flash, that should be more than enough to light subjects in food photography.

Here are few of my pics and I'll explain in detail how they were lit. Pics 1-5 were shot using Rebel XT and the rest were using Sony P&S
1.

IMAGE: http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2015/2105853506_3c12b5f079.jpg?v=0

This picture had 2 sources of light. One in the back, which was a large christmas tree (it was xmas time so i took advantage of that light source), and one to the left which was my on camera flash. The light from the on camera flash was directed to a large white board (the bottom of a box of gift wrapping paper set bought at costco and it happened to be white and large enough to bend the light from the on camera flash) setup on a chair to my left.
I bent/directed the on camera light using the back of a greeting card which was placed diagonally under the flash facing toward the white board. To do all this the camera ofcourse had to be on a tripod.
The cookies were set on the base of a wine glass, the shining globes in the background are xmas decorations. Everything was set on yellow fabric. Lens was the nifty fifty. I had some ribbon lying around so used that to tie the cookies up.

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IMAGE: http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2122/2099848898_de47e853b3.jpg?v=0

This picture was all natural light streaming into the living. It was an overcast day so I didn't need to diffuse it. I used a small white surface to bounce some light into the cookies that were away from the window.
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IMAGE: http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2368/2075407149_2555513781.jpg?v=0

This picture was shot in my DIY lightbox. I had 2 home depot light domes on the left and right. The light box was covered with white fabric on the left, right and on top. I had the cookie stand sitting on a sheet of white seamless paper. The seamless white background helped a lot in dispersing the light from the light domes. No flash was used.

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IMAGE: http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2101/2110757209_487e508369.jpg?v=0

This picture was taken using the same technique as pic 1, but with no light in the back. The background was a red couch cushion leaning right up against the cookie box. There weren't sufficient cookie to fill the cookie box to the top, so I used filler paper halfway throught the cookie box and set a few cookies on top.
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IMAGE: http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2155/2143375597_370463ca29.jpg?v=0

This pic was taken close to a white wall, which was used to bend and diffuse on camera flash. Again used a greeting card to direct flash light towards the wall.

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This was taken with a sony P&S using my light box and home depot lights. No flash.
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This was taken close to a window, on a day with harsh sunlight. So I used a regular umbrella to diffuse it. You can see the umbrella ribs in the spoon.

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IMAGE: http://farm1.static.flickr.com/207/509642862_87f96c2cbb.jpg?v=0

This pic was taken in a light box. The bottom was covered with a black t-shirt, and flat glassware was placed on it. The truffles were lit from the right. The white fabric on the left bounced some of that light onto the left of the truffles.

Finally, bend, diffuse, bounce light for the most pleasing results.

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Aug 11, 2008 15:01 as a reply to  @ shutter_blitz's post |  #7

Suddenly I am very very hungry :confused:


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Aug 11, 2008 15:06 |  #8

thank you shutter blitz!


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Aug 11, 2008 15:10 |  #9

This is a very nice photo.

Specular highlights in round objects == tough.

Here is some POTENTIAL help:

http://strobist.blogsp​ot.com …/pretty-shiny-things.html (external link)


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Aug 11, 2008 15:11 |  #10

Dave.H wrote in post #6087758 (external link)
Suddenly I am very very hungry :confused:

Me too.lovely tutorial SB!


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Aug 11, 2008 15:41 |  #11

thanks everyone for your comments and everything. This is my first food shoot and basicially my first time using lights and that type of thing. (i usually shoot outdoors and landscapes and the sort.) So i am extremely pleased with the results. And to Shutter_blitz, thanks for your pix - i love number 6


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Aug 11, 2008 17:12 |  #12

Thanks all!


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