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Behind the Lens by Jay Holben

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4.14Adventures in Lighting, Part II—The Gleaming Specular

By definition, a specular highlight is a mirror reflection of the light source in your subject. This can also be described as direct reflection. Properly utilized specular reflections help to define the shape of a glossy or highly reflective surface such as glass or chrome.

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The first shot of the bottle. Here I’m just lighting with two bare Fresnels and the result is two pinpoints of light in the bottle.

The classic example of this is a wine bottle. Here I have a beautiful bottle of 2003 Francis Ford Coppola’s Rubicon Cabernet Franc (a favorite of mine), which is a lovely dark bottle with ...

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