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First attempt at studio photography, please C&C

 
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Sep 10, 2011 09:25 |  #1

This if my first attempt at studio photography. A friend of mine has a restaurant and wanted me to produce this exact set up.

My lighting equipment consists of 2 softboxes and they were positioned at a 45 degre angle on the sides of the subject, about 1.5 feet higher than subject. Background is arctic white.

I practiced for a few hours on that shot but this was the final product. It has been altered in PS5. Liquids used are real coffee and cognac ( waited at end of shoot to drink the cognac of course ;) )

* PS: I want to improve so don't be afraid to be harsh, I will not be offended.

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Sep 10, 2011 09:50 |  #2

not bad at all. I don't usually shoot foods but it looks clean and simple. My only suggestion is that there seems to be a little too much contrast in the (cinnamon?) sticks for my liking. Little to dark in the shadows for my taste but again, I think you did a good job overall.


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Sep 10, 2011 10:27 |  #3

I think it's nice but it is all too straight for my taste. All the lines in the pictures being asymmetric, and all the shadows at 45 degrees.

There's also a problem with the white coming out a reddish grey.


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Sep 10, 2011 11:31 |  #4

WB is off for me


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Sep 10, 2011 16:45 |  #5

I like the original as is or maybe whitened just a bit. There is a small bump on the white side of the histogram - I would stop there. If you try to make it all white it is washed out and overexposed (see the white reflection on the glass as a white reference)




  
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Sep 10, 2011 17:03 as a reply to  @ Spike44's post |  #6

Food / Resturant shots have some special considerations. When you have a glass, it is going to reflect every light source that is in front of it. This means the shape of the reflected image is very important and needs to be given close attention. You might want to look up white line/ black line lighting for glassware. Second, food that is served hot sometimes doesn't look the same if it is cold. It would have been neat to have a backlighted wisp of steam rising from the coffee.

The whole idea is to make the setting look as inviting as possible, and make the viewer wish he were there.


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Sep 10, 2011 17:09 |  #7

I"m finding the coffee is looking nasty, not at all tempting me to want some. There seems to be a line around the top of the coffee. Was the coffee old or sitting around for a long time?


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Sep 10, 2011 17:41 |  #8

suecassidy wrote in post #13081489 (external link)
I"m finding the coffee is looking nasty, not at all tempting me to want some. There seems to be a line around the top of the coffee. Was the coffee old or sitting around for a long time?

Coffee was 20 minutes old !


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Sep 10, 2011 17:49 |  #9

ni$mo350 wrote in post #13080128 (external link)
not bad at all. I don't usually shoot foods but it looks clean and simple. My only suggestion is that there seems to be a little too much contrast in the (cinnamon?) sticks for my liking. Little to dark in the shadows for my taste but again, I think you did a good job overall.

I agree, didn't notice it at first but since you've mentioned it, it is a bit to contrasty.

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I think it's nice but it is all too straight for my taste. All the lines in the pictures being asymmetric, and all the shadows at 45 degrees.

There's also a problem with the white coming out a reddish grey.

I need to experiment with lighting and adjust for shadows. As for the WB, I had a hard time setting it, i think i'll get a WB card to adjust.

Spike44 wrote in post #13081403 (external link)
I like the original as is or maybe whitened just a bit. There is a small bump on the white side of the histogram - I would stop there. If you try to make it all white it is washed out and overexposed (see the white reflection on the glass as a white reference)

I agree, it needs a bit of a white bump.

Jon C wrote in post #13081473 (external link)
Food / Restaurant shots have some special considerations. When you have a glass, it is going to reflect every light source that is in front of it. This means the shape of the reflected image is very important and needs to be given close attention. You might want to look up white line/ black line lighting for glassware. Second, food that is served hot sometimes doesn't look the same if it is cold. It would have been neat to have a backlighted wisp of steam rising from the coffee.

The whole idea is to make the setting look as inviting as possible, and make the viewer wish he were there.

Great advice, thank you. Will do some research.


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Sep 10, 2011 19:48 |  #10

Joe.Recon wrote in post #13081574 (external link)
Coffee was 20 minutes old !

Do you see the line I"m referring to?


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Sep 11, 2011 06:41 |  #11

suecassidy wrote in post #13081994 (external link)
Do you see the line I"m referring to?

yes, I'll have to photoshop those out. thx.


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