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Old 03-15-2005, 10:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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OK, it's not a girl but I need help... My customer wants a softer more diffused light on top... you can see I used 2 softboxes for my main... any tips on lighting something like this would be great...

I used a tent at first and that really sucked... you could see everything so I put black around it and got this...

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Put the softboxes REAL close and at 90 degrees and slightly behind the tank. Top of softbox slightly above top of tank. Look for thin highlights that go from top to bottom, full length. Use flags to keep the light from spilling across the front.

The closer your softboxes, the softer your shadows.

I can't really find an image that describes what I'm talking about, but these are close.





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Old 03-16-2005, 08:20 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I used to take products outside and shoot using ambient light. Used both white and light blue cardboard for extra light refection. Don't have an example to show to you right now without getting out the printed piece and scanning it.
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Thanks for your help guys....
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Photo.net has a lot of great articles on stuff like this in the "Lighting techniques" forum. Here's one I found that might be of use to you.

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I'm not an expert in this but here a couple of thoughts. Hang the tank or suspend it somehow and you will get rid of the reflection on the bottom. place the light behind, above and away from the tank and then use large white foamcore reflectors in the front on either side of the camera. This will give you more definition to the white shapes which will give more definition to the tank, instead of the two softbox reflections which are too obvious. Hope that helps!
 
 
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One large overhead softbox to create a single highlight on top would've been more ideal. If you don't have one large enough, then shining one box through a large framed silk would also work fairly well. Seeing the two softboxes is kinda distracting.

Your decision to put black around and shooting through a hole for the lens is nearly always the right choice when shooting something a metallic, specular reflection material such as this.
 
 
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Keep in mind that the specular lights are reflections of the actual light source. The softboxes were the right choice, but they are positioned too far away and high. Bring then right up to the tank on each side, then move them back and forth (or forward and backward) while watching the reflections on the tank. You'll find the right location. Its very similar to lighting glass. Large light sources close to the object, and positioned so that the reflections (always at 90 degrees btw) are where you want them. Here is an example I took a while back for a client;


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simple solution -- BOUNCE.

bounce it off the ceiling. makes for a very soft, diffused, even light.


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If you do bounce it off the walls and ceiling, make sure the room is empty or you will see everything in the room in the reflection. Don't ask me how I know [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
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