Softbox reflections on plate

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  1. redbourn

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    I was just testing here to see the effect of using natural light with two 5500 cfl softboxes.

    The early afternoon daylight turned out to be around 4400

    Anyway I later noticed the reflection of the softboxes and went upstairs and moved them around and even tried a diffuser but I still saw the reflections in the plate.

    So what to do?

    I am obviously a lighting novice.

    Thanks,

    Michael

    see soft boxes.JPG


     
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    By using a bowl like this you won't be able to use a softbox in this way. I suggest not using a softbox but instead point the light up to the ceiling as bounce. Then the light becomes very big, much bigger than the bowl. Or don't use a bowl.
     
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    Or simply clone out the reflection(s) in post..
     
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    Well I will have food in the bowl and the cloning or whatever maybe wouldn't be so easy.
     
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    Thanks. I will have food in the bowl and might not see the softboxes but would be nice to get it right from getgo.

    I like the idea of shooting up and bouncing down.

    I have an arm which would allow me to shoot with a softbox painting straight down.

    Thoughts on that?

    Michael
     
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    If you moved the softboxes together and used them just like you did in this example, wouldn't it then look like a reflection of a big window light? This would be something natural for a home dinning room table for some. I realize that may not be the look you are going for, just posing the question for something to think about.
     
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    Polarizers. One on the lights, one on the lens.
     
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    Thanks for the clarification. I was thinking one for each eye and see if that helps. :biggrin-new:
     
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    10 seconds of using the Heal Tool:

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    I will give it a try plus shooting straight down with one soft box and some reflectors.

    I am wearing big L plates when it comes to lighting but am determined to get very good if not great photos for my cookbook.

    Thanks,

    Michael
     
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    But I will have a mixture of different vegetables in the bowl.

    I was pleased to see my lighting error.

    Thanks.

    Michael
     
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    Probably work. But it looks like a grid is used and that will still show so no grid. The light from the softbox needs to be bigger than the plate but I think you knew that. Hopefully the light used (speedlite or strobe) will allow a low enough power so you can select your aperture and shutter speed as needed. Watch for bowl rim light specularity which means too much light.
     
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