photos blown out using natural light in doors

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  1. redbourn

    redbourn No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Hi,

    Shot this yesterday using natural light on a table near a window that has white sheer curtains.

    Any tips on improving the lighting would be appreciated..

    dijon chicken.JPG

    Thanks,

    Michael


     
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    Lose the celery. I hate celery


    Oh, wait..... Never mind. Lighting help.......

    Perhaps a reflector on the camera side of the plate to fill in the shadows. It can be something simple like a large piece of white craft paper from the dollar store.
     
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    ;-)

    Does the image look blown out to you?

    I have a couple of reflectors but if the image is blown out am not sure that I want to add more light.

    I don't like raw celery but it has a milder taste in sauces. Good in bolognese sauce and gives a slight crunch.

    Michael
     
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    You can always stop the lens down, lower the ISO or use an ND filter.
     
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    Yes, use a reflector to fill the shadows and reduce the exposure.
     
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    1. Meter the highlights;

    2. determine your desired dynamic range (somewhere around1.5 stops is usually good); and

    3. add sufficient fill light to achieve this.

    or....

    Just add more diffusion to the window.
     
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    ISO is set at 100
     
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    I just played with a white and gold reflector.

    The white has very limited effect the gold has a much greater one.

    I don't know why.
     
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    Thanks.

    Will have to buy a meter.

    https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_1_7...light meter&ie=UTF8&qid=1471358335&sr=8-7-acs - any suggestions?

    BTW - I took a photo at every available f stop - when I got to f22 the camera started removing noise.

    Michael

    Michael
     
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    This doesn't make sense. Stopping down should require an increase in ISO and thus create more noise.
     
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    The gold will reflect more light than the white will. You will also get a gold color cast with the gold reflector (and the silver side will give a bit of a color cast too)
     
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