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Focus On Lighting Photos by Robin Reid, Fil Hunter

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Chapter 7: So, Where Do We Put This Light for Metal?

OH, NO! METAL! It’s really hard to shoot, right? It’s reflective. It shines. It gets ugly highlights. The surprising news is that it can be easy to shoot, and we don’t need elaborate equipment to get the photos right.

It’s important to understand that almost anything reflects light in two dramatically different ways, and a good photographer must understand both of them.

Diffuse reflection means light coming from one direction reflects equally in all directions. Nothing produces perfect diffuse reflection, but ordinary nonglossy white paper comes pretty close. Take a piece of paper right now ...

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