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Comment by Susan van Wyk on September 20, 2016 at 19:27

Hi John. Please give me some feedback on my photo. I had a lot of trouble with the editing. The rose's colour is a strange mixture of purple and green. I found that the words of the poem had a greenish tint, and I battled to get rid of it. My exposure was 1/6 at f5.6 ISO 100 and I used a f2.5 macro lens. A speedlight through an umbrella.

Comment by Susan van Wyk on September 16, 2016 at 13:23

Thank you John. I will try and try again. It is such fun!

Comment by John Fox on September 16, 2016 at 8:21

Good plan Jacques, my "go to" is always the expensive answer, but that is a great solution. Just know it may yellow up your white balance a fraction. Susan; remember shadows are good because without them there is no form, or texture.

Comment by Susan van Wyk on September 15, 2016 at 23:39

Absolutely brilliant!!  Thank you Jacques. I will certainly do that!

Comment by Jacques du Toit on September 15, 2016 at 22:29

If you have a white bed sheet you could hang that in front of the speed light and technically you have a large diffuser then. Depending on how thick or thin it is you can also fold in half if needed.

Comment by Susan van Wyk on September 15, 2016 at 22:01

Oh dear! I'm not going to be able to have one of those. How critical is the cropping of a shadow. Does my photo have to show the whole shadow or can I crop through it. Cut off the top of the bottle for instance.

Thanks John. I appreciate your help

Susan

Comment by John Fox on September 15, 2016 at 8:29

Where there is light there is shadow, with one exception... The Oprah Show. The key is big light sources, the bigger and the closer the more diffused the shadow edge. So you want something like an octobox.

Comment by Susan van Wyk on September 14, 2016 at 21:16

Hi John. Below I have posted a photo of the bottles I used in the photo I called 'Red".I found it virtually impossible to take the photo without the distracting shadow. I used one speedlight aimed from the front and a table lamp at the back. I don't have any other lights. I found that if I am not careful the light refracts through the bottle, giving me an even worse shadow.  How should I place lights to not have a shadow, Or can you suggest other ways to photograph the bottles.  I added the flower because of its deep red colour. You said once during the Advanced course that my photos need more depth. How could I have used the bottles and 'a' flower to get more depth.  I really value your comment.

Thanks

Susan

Comment by Susan van Wyk on September 14, 2016 at 21:03

Comment by Susan Pretorius on May 30, 2016 at 8:19

Thanks John.

 

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