A glass of water – Still Life with simple things

Hello dear blog readers,

Often are the simple things, everyday things that are suitable for still life and let atmospheric easily implement. As in this tutorial. Just a glass of water.

a glass of water

a glass of water

You require:
2 glasses (one with water)
1 flash with reflector
1 Plexiglas (frosted)

 

In order to photograph a glass on a white background you need only a large softbox positioned behind the glass. However, there is always the risk that the background overexposed anything or – if you reduce the flash output – you can see the folds of the white diffuser of the softbox. In addition, glass needs at the edges dark shadings that are mirroring in the glass. Otherwise you cannot see the glass because it is transparent.

A frosted plexiglass disc has the advantage that it has no wrinkles and acts as a diffuser. If even a flash (or other light source) is then provided with a normal reflector, you have all possibilities of lighting design. The closer the light source is to the plexiglass, the smaller the area is exiting the light. The rest of the disc then remains dark and is mirrored according to again in the glass (the water Photos 1 and 2 shows this). You can also control the lighting light to dark, depending on whether the light source more right (or left), positioned up or down, or both. In my case I have the light placed slightly from above. Characterized the lower third of the image is darker.

Lichtquelle weiter entfernt Light source farther away

Lichtquelle weiter entfernt
Light source farther away

Lichtquelle war näher an der Plexiglasscheibe light source closer to the plexiglass

Lichtquelle war näher an der Plexiglasscheibe
light source closer to the plexiglass

 

The structure is quite simple. Two glasses placed on each other and chose the image selection so that the lower glass looks like a mirror of the upper glass. The blue color was created the white balance. I choose tungsten (3500 K) as whitebalance. This creates then in combination with a flash (5500 K a blue color.

Aufbau des Wasserglases und Lichtsetup Setup glass and plexiglass

Aufbau des Wasserglases und Lichtsetup
Setup glass and plexiglass

Blitz mit Normalrefektor flash with normal reflector

Blitz mit Normalrefektor
flash with normal reflector

Das Bild nach der Auffnahme vor der Bearbeitung in Photoshop. Sieht eigentlich schon ganz gut aus picture before postproduction. Not bad?

Das Bild nach der Auffnahme vor der Bearbeitung in Photoshop. Sieht eigentlich schon ganz gut aus
picture before postproduction. Not bad?

 

In Photoshop I did only clean the glass strengthened and the contrast with curves.

Das Bild nach der Bearbeitung mit Photoshop. (Doppelt auf das Bild klicken um es größer zu sehen) Picture after postproduction. Klick two times to get a larger picture

Das Bild nach der Bearbeitung mit Photoshop. (Doppelt auf das Bild klicken um es größer zu sehen)
Picture after postproduction. Klick two times to get a larger picture

 

 

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