Help with lighting my rice please

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  1. redbourn

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    I have a softbox and big diffuser and tried moving them around, but still ended up with burned out rice.

    In the photo and not in the pot ;-)

    I didn't eat the meal and have the same setup to shoot it again.

    So how to fix the lighting would be much appreciated.

    Thank you!

    P.S. I will move the food at bottom left. And move the piece of parsley above it higher basque rice.jpg


     
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    Can you post a photo/diagram your set-up so we can see position, modifiers, etc?
     
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    Thanks. I did move the softbox and diffuser around a little but only two or three feet in a few directions.

    The rice was furthest from the camera in the actual shot.

    The photo that I shot was at f5 but even the ones at f7.1 have the same problem so it's not just a question of depth of field which I first thought it might be.

    Have a new system from today and don't know why I didn't think of it before. I always cook for two days and used to photograph the meal and then eat it.

    But from now on I will photograph the meal and then put it in the fridge and eat the other portion. That way I will have a 2nd chance at the photo after viewing the results and playing with it.

    It's a pity that I can't view the proposed shot setup.jpg on my big monitor but my camera (Nikon D330) doesn't have the connector.
     
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    Try lighting more overhead (not directly, but more than you are now) and getting the light in closer. You're working with a lot of very reflective surfaces, and while the closer light might not be as exciting, it should be "safer".
     
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    Thanks and will try it tomorrow !
     
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    Try moving the light 180 degrees. Having your whitest object closest to the light isn't doing you any favors.
     
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    Also, what were your settings? Your DOF seems pretty thin. Part of the rice being blown out might be due to it being outside of your DOF as well.
     
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    image.png Try moving your light, a lot, all the way around your subject. Any subject, doesnt have to be rice. Strobist.blogspot.com I think its his first exercise. Read the rest of that site.

    The rice is over exposed.

    Google lighting diagram.

    Light it from the front as suggested, your backlighting it; why?
     
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    there is too much food on that plate. Use a ramekin to help plate the rice. 4oz rice should be lots.
     
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    Lesson seems to be that rice doesn't respond well to short DOF
     
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    You mean shallow DoF?
    The height of DoF doesn't change.
     
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    60z of chicken and 1/2 cup of cooked rice.

    How much do you eat? ;-)
     

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