A hugely busy day today so no time for photos during the day and with my Higher Photography demanding an essay by next Tuesday time was tight tonight as well. Hence, following on from our session on Tuesday night at the college I thought I would do a quick still life in the kitchen. Lesson 1: Don't try to do a still life quickly! Lesson 2: Make sure you have the subject in focus.
In this case I took a quick shot without any flash, just using the kitchen lights (above left) which came out OK considering the relatively low level of light, and it is slightly yellow toned. I then tried various combinations of my two camera top flashes, one on the camera the other on its stand at various placements around the subject. This was a little difficult to get right and to be honest there was not a great deal of difference in the results, apart from the flash reflections being brighter or not according to the intensity of flash. The shot on the right was probably the best one I managed, but again is slightly tinted, possibly due to the limited intensity of my flash and the lack of a soft-box to allow a more intense flash without blowing out large parts of the glass in the subject. Still, it was a useful experiment and soon we will be doing this in a ore serious way at the college so I can experiment a bit more then. By the way, the stuff in the glass was not real whisky, honest.
I am an amateur photographer who is also a Chartered Geographer with his own part-time consultancy business and I work as an estate manager for a national conservation charity in Scotland. I am based in Lochalsh, Wester Ross, Scotland, just next to the Isle of Skye.
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