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Everybody like to get something for free.  Well, here is the start of a new “chapter” for Kondor Photographic - offering you some free photography tips.


TIP #1A: HOW TO ENLARGE THE LIGHT SOURCE

TIP #1B: REMOVING UNWANTED REFLECTION IN FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY


Below is an image taken during one of the workshops that I presented - food photography.

Wow, what fun we had that evening!  We used different angles to photograph the homemade burger, different angels of lighting, how to use reflectors for fill-light, just to name a few.  



Now, with that said, look at the image on the right. Can you see the bright hot-spot from the flash. (I drew a red circle around it in the image below).  Well, let’s assume that we do not want that bright area in our image.







How are we going to get rid of it?









There are various ways of doing that. The long and difficult way - place scrim-cards between the light source and the plate to block the path of the light. But this will cause other problems with the lighting (and create extra unwanted shadows).


Hmmm... Let’s think a bit - Ahh - got it - move the light source to a different location! Cool idea, so we moved the light source so that it points up to the ceiling and used the ceiling as a HUGE reflector, illuminating the  burger from the top (as if the light source is a normal house-hold lamp).


TIP #1A: ENLARGE LIGHT SOURCE BY REFLECTING THE FLASH FROM A WHITE CEILING OR WALL.


However, there is still another way.  


TIP #1B: USE A RING POLARIZING FILTER.  


The polarizing filter is designed to remove these specular highlights from shiny surfaces. Magical stuff. But - remember my motto - for any changes that you make on the image, you will need so SACRIFICE something somewhere, and what would that be in this case you might wonder?  The filter is dark and made from glass (extra medium for light to travel through before reaching the sensor).  


This causes a loss of light by up to 2 stops.  So you have to adjust for the loss of light  by either opening the aperture, increasing the ISO speed or making the shutter speed longer.


Would you like to guess the best answer?  Increasing the shutter speed will not solve this problem, because you are using flash (specific studio flash), therefor the only 2 options left is to either increase the ISO speed (and run the risk of increasing digital noise) or the correct  answer: to open the aperture by 2 stops.



Recommended courses/workshops that will cover this topic(s):  FP102 - Freelance digital photography.



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