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Thank you for the comments yesterday I've uploaded another natural light shot but I placed a white translucent over the bottles
to stop the burn out. This image was taken into PS5 AND GIVEN +3 Saturation and +1 brightness. And then resized for upload. Is it better or worse than the previous post
After thought I've just bought the 24-70 and that's what I'm tying out but as stated before only natural lighting I have studio light, torches, candles etc. but want to experiment with the natural light

Camera:Canon EOS 60D
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:17 Apr 2012 - 12:00 AM
Focal Length:30mm
Shutter Speed:1/200sec
Exposure Comp:+1
Username:delboy1145 delboy1145
Uploaded:18 Apr 2012 - 9:18 AM
Tags:Bottles, Close-up / macro, Natural light
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Sooty_1 Critique Team 51449 forum posts United Kingdom218 Constructive Critique Points
18 Apr 2012 - 9:43 AM

Comments from the previous still apply, for me. Slightly better, but you haven't pushed the contrast to clean up the background, so the tops haven't blown.
Uploaded a mod, with a crop and slight adjustment to contrast and colour.


18 Apr 2012 - 11:08 AM

Yes that works thanks for the time nick. I am going to post some more and then do another shoot I
think taking on board all crits

DRicherby  7269 forum posts United Kingdom725 Constructive Critique Points
18 Apr 2012 - 11:10 AM

I'm coming to this a bit late so I'll comment on both versions at once. Overall, I think they work very well and the simple forms and bright colours make a strong photo. Turning the two red bottles upside-down is a great idea and turns what could have been a pretty ordinary shot into something much more creative.

I do think shadows would improve the image. I understand your comment about natural light but I think that lighting choices and so on should be governed by the needs of the individual shot rather than being pre-determined. Or, rather, you should either say "I want to shoot in natural light. What subjects would look best in that light?" or "I want to shoot these bottles. What lighting would make the bottles look the best?" For me, this is the kind of shot that needs as much precision as possible in, well, everything, really. Using natural light has got you a really good shot; really careful use of flash would take it from really good to wow!

For a shot like this, the background does need to be pure white, I think. If you're doing it in post-processing, mask the bottles to avoid blowing out their brighter parts. I'd also recommend shooting from perfectly side-on. Shooting from slightly higher has given an attractive view into the top of the blue bottle but I don't think the bottoms of the red bottles look good. The shot, for me, is about the profiles of the bottles and their colours; the silver bottoms don't contribute to either.

As was said on the previous one, a tripod and a narrower aperture would also give a slight improvement. The sharpness of the lens is superb at f/2.8 but I'm not sure you have quite enough depth of field: the word "Budweiser" on the necks of the red bottles doesn't look quite sharp, to me.


18 Apr 2012 - 11:25 AM

Thanks Dave very good input and I agree,that to get the best out of the bottles I'm going to have to get the lights out. They were shot on a tri-pod and I had to use the self timer as i haven't got a remote for the 60d might try the shot on the 40d. The background is a 1.49 roll of paper from town. And my initial aim was to shoot as cheap as possible and see what happened . Getting good feed back and will upload others I took possibly 3 whilst I set up and try the lights. the vertical reflection are from the window blinds any comment from anyone are they okay or do I need to get a sheet out

banehawi Critique Team 111263 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada3285 Constructive Critique Points
18 Apr 2012 - 1:45 PM

Better, but looks washed out. Loaded mod, more contrast.

Dave comments are worth paying attention to, some good ideas.


paulbroad  8108 forum posts United Kingdom964 Constructive Critique Points
18 Apr 2012 - 2:23 PM

Full detail now, but the background tone has tended to give a flater effect. I think a slight contrast boost would do the trick.


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