That's my challenge. Photograph some glossy (epoxied) jewelry and reduce the glare.
The first thing I did was to take some outdoor photos with the bohemian-esque accessories (shout out to the awesome Leafy Season Designs - Etsy store, Instagram). Those came out pretty neat, I think. I tried to match the feel I got from the product, itself.
I grabbed an old piece of wood and chopped it up with an ax, which felt cool. I also grabbed some leaves from volunteer plants by my fence, as well as my dog's chew toy antler. I put together a nice series (all shot with the 6D MII and 70 - 200 f/2.8 L). Here's a handful for the total feel:
|Leafy Season, indeed|
|It might look like a mess from the above phone shot|
|Much different from this angle|
|I edited each ring like this - I liked the ability to make a collage or use them individually|
|Some leaves were sacrificed for this project|
|Looked like a blue-eyed monster with an underbite|
Overall the first part was a relative success. Next, I did a few shots on black and white reflectors and speedlights. This was where the challenge began. I'm limited on the amount of equipment I have when it comes to studio lighting, and I found I could have used more diffusers!
First, I put the items on black and shot with the 70-200.
|I was just toying around with lighting|
|Another day, a different lens and setup|
How did I further diffuse the right site? Witchcraft? Not this time!
So, what's all happening now? The umbrella above is to break up the overhead light that was leaving a tiny spot on the top of things (but that light was needed for my focus). The umbrella on the right was cutting up that flash a bit more to reduce the harshness. So, here's how it went through four photograph progressions. One with the black and then white base with three flashes, one with two flashes, then one with further diffusal care (diffusal's a word, and that red squiggly line doesn't prove anything).
|I do like the contrast of the one with black.|
|I'm proud of the earring composition with the bokeh action|
Far less glare and very easy to see the details of the jewelry after trial and error. I've learned a lot of what not to do and already will be able to start in a better position next time. Really, that's what life's all about. Learn and get better. I also know I should probably splurge for a second diffuser.
I have nothing in particular on the agenda next, so I think I'll write a post about nature photography, since I find myself outdoors with my dog and camera nearly once a week. I'll work through what I've learned over the last two years and what I plan on doing in the future. One cool thing coming up is a camping trip Wednesday night to try to get some shots of the milky way. That's why I recently traded in my old wide angle for the Sigma.