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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    Thanks for making the effort to help me.

    I have a softbox.

    So should I have used it on the chicken?

    If nothing is blown out then is there a way to fix the photo in PS or LR ?

    Michael


     
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    Ysarex said there is nothing blown out in the nef photo and took the trouble to show images.

    Michael
     
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    If not softbox then a reflector or two ?
     
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    Ysarex Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Yep, and it needs to be lit from the front since it's the feature. And this is the root of your problem.

    Joe

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    Natural light from the window and using a light box would cause problems.

    So I will try tomorrow using one or two reflectors.

    I mentioned in an earlier response that the white reflector had much less effect that a gold one.

    So I will try both.

    01:29 here so time to close my eyes.

    Thanks for all the help.
     
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    Thank you so much!
     
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    Didn't solve the problem but was interesting.

    Instead of lightning the chicken I darkened the exposure of the carrots in LR

    dijon style chicken.JPG
    I took on board as much as I could from all the posts yesterday and shot this photo with my back to the window.

    The photo may be an improvement but it it's hard to make the meat look good because it's been marinated and is covered in a sauce.


    A Minute Sweet And Sour Steak
    Serves 4
    Prep time 5 min
    Wait time 30 min
    Cook time 10 min
    Total time dijon style chicken.JPG best minute steak.JPG dijon style chicken.JPG best minute steak.JPG 45 minutes including wait time

    A minute steak is a thin slice of high quality steak such as rib eye or porterhouse.
    So please don't confuse it with a cube steak, which is a tough cheap cut, better suited to stews.

    Ingredients
    4 thin rib eye or porterhouse steak cut into strips against the grain, about 2 lb. (900g).
    2 large thinly sliced onions
    3-4 cloves of crushed garlic
    2/3 cup red wine or stock
    1/2 cup soy sauce
    4 tbsp Dijon mustard
    4 tsp of Muscovado sugar or 5 tsp or regular brown sugar
    Olive oil
    Salt and pepper to taste

    Mix the wine, garlic, soy sauce, mustard and sugar in a big bowl, add the strips of steak and allow to marinade for 30 minutes.
    Fry the onion over med-high for 4-5 minutes until it's golden brown, and set aside.
    Remove the steak strips from the marinade with a slotted spoon and fry them in the onion pan over med-high heat for about a minute on each side.
    The amount of time will depend on how well cooked you like your steaks.
    Add the marinade and simmer until the marinade thickens and sticks to the meat.
    Add the onions and season with salt and pepper to taste.

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    I don't know where the blue hue came from. Plate was on a light green table cloth but barely any was visible in the the photo.
     
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    Briefly, how did you make such a big improvement to the photo?

    I have PS and LR

    It's so hard cook, be hungry, and have to shoot the photos before eating. And then having to recook and reshoot the food if the photos don't look good enough. Thank you!
     
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    astroNikon 'ya all Bananas I tell 'ya Supporting Member

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    That's why you should just work on your photography knowledge; to just improve that with fake food and stuff before being on the clock with a certain amount of time to get the shot.
     
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    Which fake food do you think I could have used in the photo; meat, rice and beans?

    My idea was to write a kind of painting by numbers type cookbook that would help people that believe they can't cook.

    Making money from the book wasn't the goal.

    I was a top film sound editor for many years but it has nothing in common with being a DP

    Kind of got dragged into the photography thing and would like to enjoy it.

    But food photography seems so so hard. Like being thrown in at the deep end - or that's how it feels.

    Michael
     
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    I started in LR for the basic raw conversion. I then used Photoshop and I resorted to what must be described as extra-ordinary processing techniques. I used Photoshop blending modes in conjunction with luminosity masks (raw file access was necessary). These methods are appropriate for landscape and field photographers who must accept the lighting as given. And I must stress this: If I were in class and this topic came up I would get very animated. (I've been know to climb up on the desk.) I would pound my fists and yell at my students; "If I ever catch you using processing methods like this on a studio photo I will bite your head off! I will fail you faster for this sin than for using a phone camera! YOU WILL NEVER!!! use a post processing method to repair what you got wrong lighting the shot and dream of passing my class. NEVER!! As long as I breath you get the light right in the studio or I burn your _______!!"

    I still get excited after 36 years.

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    Thank you so so much!
     

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