Workshop 20

Photos for Catalogs

Setting up a classic three-light shot

Fine-tuning the main light to emphasize subject detail

Using manual white balance and a gel to produce warmer colors

This workshop builds on the simple setup demonstrated in the previous chapter and shows you how to light a more complex object using a classic three-light setup. The fine-tuning steps that follow explain how to enhance the light for the knife blade and give the image a warmer, more appealing look.

The Setup

It is always best to begin building a setup like this by mounting your camera on a tripod and positioning the subject in the viewfinder before you place any lights. For this shot I positioned the main light first, which was mounted behind a white diffuser. ...

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