Color from reflector?

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  1. redbourn

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    I am pretty happy with this photo and it might be one of my best yet.

    There is a reflection on the left side of the plate from the table mat.

    I used two small reflectors to remove the shadows from under the plate.

    Not sure if there is a way to avoid that or if it's very important.

    What do you think?

    Michael

    cuban beef stew.JPG


     
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    A little more contrast?
     

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    Looks good enough to eat. The DOF could be a little deeper.
     
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    Will try it, thanks.

    I like watercolors which is maybe a problem for me.

    Michael
     
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    I have one with more DOF but didn't like the angle so much but will check again.
     
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    So, then why not do a book with watercolor images of the recipes? Who says it HAS to be a photograph? A photo is an easier way to go, but a watercolor might have more impact.

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    EDIT: I noticed the pictures had gone away, I guess they were removed faster than I expected.
    Or just use settings to make the pictures more fun and less documentary. ZxwdEDo89AF6b1ue5W_T3w_r.jpg
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    A good idea and very original. Never seen a cookbook like it!
     
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    I just redid a photo of left over stew from yesterday and added the olives.

    Like I said, I prefer water colors and wonder if I went a bit overboard with the contrast on this one.

    Even at 6.3 I don't have much depth of field.

    Maybe I should move the softbox closer?

    The front of the softbox is about 2' from the most distant part of the plate.

    Thanks

    Michael

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    The reflection is less noticeable in this second image but that could have been toned down with a local adjustment in Photoshop or whatever you are using for the editing.

    Many years ago when I was first starting in photography I spent a short time assisting a food photographer in London who obtained terrific results by mixing flash with a few seconds of tungsten hitting selected areas of the image. The key is controlling the tungsten, so it only hits the areas you want.

    It always took a bit of testing and no two shots were identical, but in essence you would start with the studio in pitch black and open the shutter, then fire the flash from a soft box. A second later the tungsten would be turned on for a few seconds to provide a soft warmth before closing the lens shutter. The final result always looked far better than it tasted.
     
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    have you yet to try this sort of setup?

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    you're still positioning your small light source in a manner that causes too many specular highlights.


    why are you not shooting at f/11-16?

    6.3 is too wide.
     
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    Just have Braineack draw some of these awesome images for the book :)
     
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