How does my lighting look?

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  1. logan9967

    logan9967 TPF Noob!

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    Please ignore the dust on my sensor, and the bad positioning of the pen. This is a lighting test.

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    Please be harsh :D
     
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    logan9967 TPF Noob!

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    anyone? i'm wondering if this light setup works. cause it's really easy for me and saves me a lot of moolah. it's only for macro too btw
     
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    Please tell of your setup. The shadow is bugging me.
     
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    What is the effect you are trying to achieve? This might sound like a smart-butt answer, but if you like it, then it works, right?

    If you are going for the shadow, then that looks fine. If you are wanting a cleaner look, to display the pen better (like for product photography), then use some softer light, and more light sources from more directions.
     
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    Looks fine to me...but I'm with Keith. I don't really know what you're going for here.
     
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    It depends upon what you are going to light with the set-up.
    The pen, having some highly reflective surfaces, is showing the shortcomings.
    The hard-edged shadow shows that the light is mostly a point source hence the hot-spot on the top front. It is also picking up the texture on the metal - not something you always want with macro.
    And the reflections of light and dark along the whole of the pen - especially around the front end - are rather messy. The important part of this shot is the lettering on the end so you should be working to sculpt it more. To deliniate the embossing.
    You would do better to build a small light tent with tracing paper to soften the light, reduce texture and reduce lighting contrast.
    If you build it right you should not be able to see any reflections on the pen.
    You then use strips of black, white and grey card to put shadows and highlights where you want them.
    This, of course, is a suggestion for the pen.
    Different objects require different lighting solutions determined by what qualities you want to show, what you want to hide, and what each is to be used for.


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    :O

    <3


    and yes i guess i should of explained more.

    i was talking about the highlights of it. and if they looked decent and then i was going to do the same for the shadow side

    the light i have is a pretty simple bulb, with almost pure white light, then diffused with paper. I wanted to make sure it's not to harsh right on the object, i'll have to take some pic's with somthing less reflective
    thanks for the help :D


    i'm extremely new to fancy lighting and such, i usually always use natural.

    what i'm trying to ask is if the lighting on the pen is too harsh :p

    if it's good then i will continue sort of with this setup and add it to the other side and keep it at this sort of light for every object i photography sorry for not explaining haha
     
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    the picture looks fine and i can also say it has something artistic in it
     
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    what camera are you using?
     
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    * points to signature *

    you can click on my name for my lenses and such as well
     
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    Technically it is properly exposed. Artistically, I think that the light positioning could be better and apparent size of the light could have been larger causing softer shadows.

    Not knowing your goals it is difficult to know if those shadows were your goal or not.

    - focus is good
    - bokeh is good
    - sharpness is good
    - the dust on the sensor bugs me (lol)

    There is not much more to be said.
     

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