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Lighting 201: Reflections are Our FriendsLighting Transparent and Semi-Transparent Objects
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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