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Lighting 201: Reflections are Our Friends

Lighting Transparent and Semi-Transparent Objects By Stephen Schleicher
Now that the new school year is about to start, time for you to move up in your lighting knowledge. From the previous lighting lessons, you should be very familiar and comfortable with lighting a person for an interview. In Lighting 201 well move away from lighting the single person interview and look at ways to light objects and environments.

Lets begin this section by looking at how to light a semi-transparent object like a champagne bottle. As you can see in the first image, using the available light in the room, gives us something less than desirable. As you have learned from the first section, lighting for video and still images often requires the use of additional light sources namely the key, fill, rim, and back lights.

For this exercise, I placed a bottle of sparkling white grape juice on a stand draped with a drop cloth. The drop cloth was attached to the wall several feet away to give a semi-cyc wall.

With a key light positioned on the left side of the bottle and flooded out, the resulting image is better than our starting image, but there is something lacking namely reflection that gives overall shape to the object.

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