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7 years 22 hours ago #337997 by mj~shutterbugg
I have an opportunity to photograph a fellow artisan's work.  She is a silversmith, her work is mainly jewelry.  I have studio strobes and soft boxes, but I am still getting too much highlight for my liking.

Does anyone have any tips to reduce the amount of light reflection?  As you can see the silver work is really detailed so I need to use my macro lens and end up fairly close to the subject.  Any help is appreciated.

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7 years 22 hours ago #338019 by Shadowfixer1
I would go with a cheap light tent. You only need a small one considering the size of the objects you are shooting.
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7 years 21 hours ago #338035 by David Hutnik
One stop diffusion shim with your light behind it should do the trick


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7 years 21 hours ago #338043 by Richard Taylor
Before running out and buying anything, couldn't you try firing the flash behind a single sheet of white paper? 


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7 years 21 hours ago #338049 by KCook
"amount of light reflection" could mean that you would like a softer light ratio, or it could mean a smaller size reflection?

A big umbrella behind the camera for fill (in addition to the softboxes) would give more control over the light ratio.  For a smaller reflection move the softboxes back (or mask them).

Kind of an expensive route, but you might also consider replacing one or both softboxes with strip lights.  Of course you can fake a strip light effect with V-flats or other flags.

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7 years 19 hours ago #338079 by rmeyer7
Disclaimer: I haven't tried this so it may be useless advice... ;)

Since it's really a reflection that you're trying to reduce/eliminate, do you think a polarizer would be of any use?


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7 years 16 hours ago #338103 by Alex

rmeyer7 wrote: Disclaimer: I haven't tried this so it may be useless advice... ;)

Since it's really a reflection that you're trying to reduce/eliminate, do you think a polarizer would be of any use?



You bring up a good point.  By nature of what a polarizer does, you would expect this to work. 

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7 years 15 hours ago - 7 years 15 hours ago #338105 by hghlndr6
Polarizers work great in reducing/eliminating reflections from non-metallic surfaces.  From metallic surfaces, not so much.
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7 years 14 hours ago #338131 by garyrhook
It's unfortunate that you just missed a Creative Live 3 day workshop on table-top photography. This was the kind of problem that they dealt with.

You need a diffuser in front of your light(s), and you can then use black cards of various sizes to block reflections you don't want; essentially forcing the diffuse light to go around things and become even more diffuse. That's the nutshell version. But it was a very good class.

+1 on a polarizer not helping here.


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7 years 11 hours ago #338147 by mj~shutterbugg
Thanks everyone.  I love the varying tips, gives me options to play with.  I have a 3rd light, I can mount a softbox or umbrella so I will give that tip a try.  I am also going to use Gary's tip on using black cards.  I am fine with the light on the metal work, it was the large highlights on the stone that concern me.  My husband says they distract him, which means they may distract a potential buyer. 

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6 years 11 months ago #338361 by Tim Chiang
Geez for that matter, the budget fix for this would be to use anything in your home that is clear white transparent that you can put in front of your flash.  I would even try a sheet! 


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6 years 11 months ago #338461 by Joves

hghlndr6 wrote: Polarizers work great in reducing/eliminating reflections from non-metallic surfaces.  From metallic surfaces, not so much.


Very true but you can somewhat control the amount of refection with it. If you want to get real inventive about it use an ND filter in front of your flash with a CP. I have used both CPs, and NDs in front of flashes, just never together.


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6 years 11 months ago #338675 by Stealthy Ninja
Photoshop and lots of it. :P

You want to spread your light as wide as possible. How you do that is up to you, just make it as big a light source as you can.

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