For my birthday, I’ve got a new toy. No, not a camera. Also no lens. Much more important: a light shaping tool. Its maker calls it a “radar reflector”, but it’s better known under the name of a “beauty dish”. So I took one of Mitchie’s birthday presents, pointed my light onto it, and took a picture:
Then, using the same light and camera and lens, I took a few steps back to show you the setup for the former picture:
Setup Shot: Orchid
As you can see, that beauty dish (or radar reflector) also has a grid. And it makes wonderful light. Both photos are straight out of the camera, except that I made a proper white balance (which I applied to the raw file using Olympus Viewer 2), and added some exif information with RawTherapee. That was it; no other tweaking needed.
Oh, just in case you’re wondering: yes, the room light over the table was on. Which means: zero problems with moving around, or with using autofocus.
More when I have more photos and experience with it.
Update, from later the same Friday evening:
Here’s another quick test shot using the beauty dish mentioned above:
Olympus OM-System (analog)
This kind of lighting reminds me of how we did it in the old days of film photography. Kind of a big light, but not as big as a giant softbox or brolly, so you’ll have nice shadows. Left of camera, and a bit higher (and in this case, even slightly behind the camera). The distance of the light to the object was about the same as from the object to the background, so you’ll have a falloff but the background will still be lit by the same single light. And from the reflection in the lens you can tell that the light was indeed a round one.
Looks kind of “natural” to me, perhaps because this is how things were lit since how long? 100 years?
I could have increased the light output, and stopped down one or two stops for more depth of field. But for showing the lighting it’s still a usable photo IMHO. And a shallow depth of field reminds a bit of large cameras, at least bigger than a Micro Four Thirds one which I used here.
Thanks for reading.