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A friend of mine is a professional Ceramicist and asked me to shoot some artwork for her new portfolio. This piece presented a real challenge as its a wall hanging comprising both ceramic and wood with a range of different textures and surface finishes.

I shot using a single soft box + reflector and this one had the softbox aiming at a white ceiling to spread the light even more softly, with a touch of reflected light coming in from the right side.

She went away with a CD of images and said that she was very happy with the results, I wondered what you thought of the lighting?

Camera:Canon EOS 550D
Lens:Canon 17-55 f2.8
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Rosemarie's Artwork
Username:brian1208 brian1208
Uploaded:2 Jan 2011 - 9:11 PM
Tags:Flash / lighting
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AnnaGasiorowskaBurgess

excellent shot and great piece of art!
Well done
WR
ANNa

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Jestertheclown

I'm certainly no expert on this but to my uneducated eye, this looks pretty good.
I can certainly see why your friend went away happy if the images are all like this.
The very few shadows are barely distinguishable; I was looking for them, no-one else is likely to and the highlights are bright enough to lift the raised areas suficiently to give us a feeling of depth and dimension yet aren't so bright as to be intrusive.
That use of light along with the textures and colours, there are more than just blue, all work together to produce what I consider to be a first class image.

Bren.

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poetslane
poetslane  11 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2011 - 11:11 PM

Fantastic - an image I would happily give wall space to.
Selina

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brian1208 e2 Member 1110290 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jan 2011 - 9:45 AM

thank you for your positive reactions to this lighting. The colour matching was an essential part of the process (but not observable here of course) as previous attempts by others had not managed to recreate the colour and texture of her pieces.

It was an interesting exercise whih added another bit of knowledge

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brian1208 e2 Member 1110290 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jan 2011 - 10:56 AM

thanks for the HC Pete, they are rare enough for me to value it highly! Smile

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paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom854 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jan 2011 - 11:02 AM

This is a fine record image. without the original object, direct comparison is not easy, but I bet i know exactly what it looks like from your image. Could not improve on lighting - no flare, no hot spots. First rate.

paul

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Philo e2 Member 472 forum postsPhilo vcard England83 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jan 2011 - 9:35 PM

This is quite superb and deserves all the comments above. I did wonder though if it could stand a touch more light and contrast so I have offered a mod to that effect.
I hope you approve but great work nevertheless.
Phil

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brian1208 e2 Member 1110290 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jan 2011 - 8:19 AM

thanks Paul & Phil. Your mod looks good on my screen Phil

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