Meat Close-Ups, How's My Lighting?

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It's a random subject to work on lighting still macros. Taken with ring flash + speedlight on opposite diagonals, with envelopes as diffusers, using Nikon D5000 on tripod, and Sigma 105 Macro. I think (but I can't remember) that these were also with an extension tube.

How could I have done this better (using my existing gear)?


Lamb Chop by clavain1, on Flickr


Lamb Chop by clavain1, on Flickr
 

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How could I have done this better. Cooked it!
 

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Make it better in what way? Better exposed? Better composed? Better subject matter?

The exposure of the meat looks fine to me... They're just not terribly interesting photos IMHO.
 
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Subject matter was chosen only for texture and reflectiveness. I find them mildly interesting, but I'm not offended if you don't because that's not really the point of the exercise.
 

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Well, if exposure was your goal... You're more or less there. The second one is slightly underexposed if I were to get nitpicky.
 

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Should have got some prime 1 steak with better marbling.
 

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Deeper DoF. Because there's not much intrinsic contrast, it's more difficult to tell exactly what is and what isn't in focus like in the first photo.
 

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Not sure if picture #2 is slightly under exposed, but rather a little more contrasty. I find picture one could benefit from slightly more contrast. Although to be honest, your choice of subject matter is very unusual to say the least.
 
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Deeper DoF. Because there's not much intrinsic contrast, it's more difficult to tell exactly what is and what isn't in focus like in the first photo.

I see it, but they're already on f/22

Although to be honest, your choice of subject matter is very unusual to say the least.

That's the idea.
 

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A fly on top may have made such a boring subject pop
 

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