Ashley, one of the Mortal Muses, has an article on her blog that tells about high key photography, how to create really bright images with little or no shadows. I have tried high key photography on some marbles and wanted to share what I learned here.
For the white background I placed these marbles on a sheet of poster board, curved a bit so that you don’t see the wall in back of it. I have a lamp with 3 lights on it, 2 are warm toned and 1 is fluorescent. I also used my Speedlite, and shot looking straight at the marbles. This one isn’t too bad, but it was not what I wanted. Just a bit more shadow than I liked.
I changed the angle a bit but I was still not happy with the results. Back to the instructions. I saw this thing about using a reflector, which I don’t have, but the light bulb in my head came on and I decided to use another piece of poster board.
|ISO 400, 51mm, f/5.6, 1/50 sec|
This time I held the extra poster board up above the flash so that it reflected light back down on the marbles. (The flash was pointed upward, away from the subject.) By doing this I created my own bright, indirect light source that eliminated most of the shadows. Changing my angle, putting the camera right on the table on the same level as the marbles, also helped. I used the 18-55mm lens that came with my camera.
These photos are SOOC, straight out of the camera, except for cropping.
There is so much good information out there on the Internet for improving your photography skills! Be sure to check out the Mortal Muses, and the Tutorial Tuesday link at the top of this post.
And, just for the record, it’s not every day that you can FIND your marbles at my age, let alone photograph them.