White balance will be the death of me...

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  1. ORourkeK

    ORourkeK No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Also, I have completed over 100 items on my few trips there. I do not post them all. You can see where I started with my original post, and below is what all of the items I have completed tonight look like. This is not edited what so ever. I am starting to achieve 255:255:255 out of camera. This experience has been invaluable to me, and I have not hindered anyone in the process.

    Edit: I lied, I cropped it in post XD

    [​IMG]IMG_0793 by KC ORourke, on Flickr


     
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    Looks pretty good! It takes a bit of time to learn anything "new"...and you're getting there, pretty quickly I think. Just keep in mind, the Inverse Square Law, and the way light "behaves", which is to say in a manner that is counterintuitive to most people. When there's a problem in getting even lighting, the FIRST thing to do on a tabletop-sized set is usually, to move the lights BACK, farther away from the subject, and thus to create more-even lighting, with LESS fall-off across short distances.

    A second thing can be to realize that a softbox might not have really even light distribution if it is angled; it's quite easy to have the center part of the box at let's just say, 3 feet from the set, and the top at 2 feet 6 inches, and the bottom of the box at 3 feet six inches. At such a short distance range, the difference in light that hits the tabletop set can be pretty significant! Buuuut...if the box is moved back, to say, 10 feet, the difference in lighting will be much less.
     
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    ORourkeK No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Thanks, Derrel! Your comment about the light being a bit too bright really helped. At the start of my session, I really studied the lights to make sure they looked even. Once I was happy with how it looked, I started to shoot the items. It has been a little under a week since I started this thread, and I have learned a TON that will help me in all aspects of photography. I won't be posting any new pictures on this thread. I believe I have achieved what I was looking for when I created it. Thank you all for your wisdom!
     
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    greybeard Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    This is what I do: Set the WB to Auto, shoot RAW, include a gray card in the 1st shot and any shot with a different exposure. In lightroom I use the WB selector eyedropper and sample the gray card. Take note of the WB sliders are set from the sample gray card. Adjust the other shots from the same exposure to the WB slider settings from the gray card. It works great, especially on shots with mixed lighting like fluorescent with flash fill.
     
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    Sorry! I removed them from my Flickr not even thinking about this post. I will fix this tonight when I get home for anyone that happens to stumble across this post.
     
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