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    Default Light modifiers comparisons..

    Greetings,

    I did a quick and dirty comparison of modifiers on continuous lights for a woodworking forum, thought some might find it interesting.

    The object is a hollow turned maple burl bowl by Michael Hosaluk.

    The purpose of the exercise was to suggest that makers of small objects could improve their photos with the use of seamless and/or graduated backdrop and inexpensive lights.

    Background is a graduated gray varitone (40x60 inches) purchased from DMK Photographic Accessories on ebay. $30 plus shipping.

    The lights are 85w CF bulbs in ten inch reflectors. Bulbs were $20 each from Alzo Digital. Umbrellas were about $15 each from B&H.

    Very minimal processing from raw file. Mainly this was to demonstrate the effect of shadow and highlights...

    First shot is bare bulbs. NOTICE in the first two shots the color of the backdrop is off because I forgot to turn off the shop lights



    Next is bounced umbrellas..





    Shoot through umbrellas, backdrop lowered and shop lights off






    Next up is a light tent. Solid light gray seamless paper backdrop.





    And for some drama, single strobe/softbox with styrofoam reflectors





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    Default Re: Light modifiers comparisons..

    I think I like the last one best
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    Don, You need more Bessey clamps!
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    Default Re: Light modifiers comparisons..

    Quote Originally Posted by JimUSNY View Post
    I think I like the last one best
    Me two

    I was quite happy when shooting product with continuous lights but strobes open up a whole new world.

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeL View Post
    Don, You need more Bessey clamps!
    Yup, you can never have enough clamps, he, he...

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    Default Re: Light modifiers comparisons..

    Quote Originally Posted by Don Kondra View Post
    Me two

    I was quite happy when shooting product with continuous lights but strobes open up a whole new world.


    Cheers, Don
    I like the shot using the lights bounced into the umbrellas the best. It has the most detail in the wood and gives a nice sheen to the bowl without anything being blown.
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    Default Re: Light modifiers comparisons..

    Thanks Roger,

    With the continuous lights that does seem to be the most effective at controlling the highlights, the light tent shots tend to need more processing to make the image pop..

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    Default Re: Light modifiers comparisons..

    Damn termites.

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    Not quite, he, he...

    If you have ever noticed a large "growth" on the side of a tree, this is what's inside.

    When the turning blank is cut/roughed out close to the edge it is likely to have voids.

    In the turning world this is a sign of tool mastery. The interior is removed from the relatively small hole in the top while the blank is spinning at a thousand rpm's and the voids make the blank highly prone to blowing up in your face if your tool catches

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    Default Re: Light modifiers comparisons..

    Nice work Don. I appreciate these little essays as they are very helpful to someone like myself who is just starting out. I too, like the last one the most.

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