Strobist 102 Apparent Light Size

Strobist 102 Apparent Light Size

Continuing my education at The Strobist. My most recent study was on Strobist 102 apparent size of the light source. How your subject sees the light source.  In lighting it is always important to think about light from the subject's perspective and not the shooters.   This exercise was to see the different effects light can have on a subject as it apparent size changes.

In this first photo we have the apple in sunlight that is coming through a window.    Camera was set at; 1/180, f/8.0, 70mm, ISO 1000

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Apple-517

next we have the apple with only room lighting and the same camera setting but the shutter speed adjusted to 1/30.

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Apple-521

Now we add a flash at 1/64 no zoom, color correcting the flash's output with a CTO gel.

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Apple-534

now we open the zoom up to 24mm and you can see it softens up a bit.

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Apple-535

next adjust the zoom to 50mm.

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Apple-536

next zoom to 105mm, you can see the light becoming more concentrated.  It is subtle but the changes are there if you look.

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Apple-537

adjusted the flash power to 1/16 and now defusing the light zooming through a white umbrella but with the flash right up against the umbrella.

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Apple-549

now with the umbrella extended.

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Apple-550

now with a white defuser on apple's left.

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Apple-551

and finally a silver one on apple's left.

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Apple-552

You can see each change as subtle but significant changes.   Personally I like the 50mm zoom shot.  I think that is the type of light you would get reflecting off of your apple.   If I was shooting fruit again in the future I would use an umbrella as the light is just too defused for the purpose.

A little bit of macro

A little bit of macro

Meguro Ginza Kan-non

Meguro Ginza Kan-non

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