Shiny surfaces

This was a fun activity which needed a bit of experiment to get any results that were worth looking at.  The guidance was to use a rolled up cone of tracing paper to diffuse the light shining on the subject.

Lampshade used to diffuse the light

My first attempt was a bit of a shambles with the paper encroaching on the image and in the end I used a dog’s ‘lampshade’ collar covered with paper, which wasn’t  really long enough but produced better results.  I will try to find a long narrow lampshade for future experiments.  I got the message though, you need to diffuse the light to the extent that the camera lens does not reflect off this shiny object.  This is my best result even though there is still a bit of reflection on the lid of the box.  I also wonder whether the shiny blue background was a good idea or whether I should have stuck to plain as suggested in the text.


About Anne Bryson

I live in Gloucestershire with my husband Iain and West Highland Terrier, Isla. I enjoy golf, photography and my grandchildren, not necessarily in that order! Having completed a 10 week digital photography course with the Open University in 2010, I decided I wanted to take my photography further and enrolled for the Open College of the Arts BA (Hons) starting with 'The Art of Photography' which I enjoyed so much that I went gone on to do Digital Photographic Practice and People and Place. In April 2016 I enrolled on my fourth OCA photography course, Documentary. This blog is my Learning Log for this course.
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