I’m doing this in stages really. I’ve not taken images like this before, so it feels like learning from the beginning. Please scroll down the page – I’m being honest here and putting my first attempts first and showing all the poor images too!
Set 1. A ball of twiggy stuff
The left is natural light, the right is artificial light. I set the camera on a tripod for these, and the natural light wasn’t removed, I just added an artificial light source to the right of the subject and I didn’t change the white balance on the camera. I found the exposure difficult to get right. I don’t have a light meter, and the camera wanted to overexpose turning the black background grey so I used the exposure compensation dial to reduce exposure by nearly 2 stops.
Set 2. An egg
I put the camera on a tripod and I used either one or two lights and a large reflector.
I changed the set up, reduced the exposure and handheld the camera which meant increasing the ISO but I think it’s worked better for me.
Set 3. An experiment with ingredients for my dinner
I am really going to have to learn how to control the complexities of light and colour. I had a real problem trying to get the lighting right for a white garlic bulb and a dark aubergine. I think the black background probably didn’t help; perhaps I’d have had more success using a white one as it would have introduced more light.
Set 4. Planet Apple
These are all lit from above. In general I think they’re the most successful so far, although the colours got slightly washed out. I’m not correcting images I put online for exercises unless I say otherwise, so they’re as is apart from the first image. I need to remove some of the marks that are showing up in the background too.