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#1 Tyler Clark

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Posted 08 December 2015 - 12:26 PM

Can anyone give tips on shooting metal objects and black plastic objects?

 

Any tips on evoking specular patterns in the metal would be awesome as well!


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#2 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 08 December 2015 - 01:53 PM

Usually people are trying to minimize specular reflections in shiny surfaces since they are so mirror-like.  Instead they use large soft sources to reflect over the shiny surface.  You may need a combination of both -- large white surfaces to reflect in the black plastic and metal surface and an extreme raking edge-on hard light to bring out any surface texture in the metal that you want to have some kicks off of.

 

Specular reflections are the easy part, you just point a bunch of small hard lights at the shiny surface and get a lot of hot spots.  

 

Black shiny surfaces are basically dark mirrors, you want to think about what you want to see reflected in it.


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#3 aapo lettinen

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Posted 08 December 2015 - 02:20 PM

sometimes you may also need wide/tall and narrow reflections which can be made with for example single Kino tubes. this may be handy when lighting for example motorcycle helmets, you can get a vertical narrow reflection to the visor that way


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