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Studio Anywhere: A Photographer’s Guide to Shooting in Unconventional Locations by Nick Fancher

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17. Still Waters Don’t Need to Run Deep

Implementing water in a shoot ratchets up the drama in the images but also the difficulty in the execution. Like lighting metal objects and other reflective surfaces, lighting water ain’t a quick learn. Be patient with yourself—the results will be worth it.

After the Rain

Rain puddles are awesome. Run out after a storm to hunt for decent puddles, and you can add some drama to your shots for free. That’s what I did for Figure 17.1. The first thing I looked for was a puddle on a patch of blacktop or dark asphalt. Typical asphalt or concrete is much lighter in color, and I need something darker to really make this work. Because I was shooting a small cologne bottle, the puddle didn’t need to be very wide ...

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