|Natural Light, Example #1|
This photo was taken about 10 years ago using a conventional SLR and color print film.
Light is natural and coming in from a window at left, background is a piece of green poster board, camera is about 3-4 inches above the glass.
The main difficulty in using natural light is that everything around the glass is illuminated to the same degree as the glass itself. This creates strong reflections in the glass, so most of our energy and wit is going to be devoted to trying to minimize them.
In the first example, we can clearly see reflections in
the glass but they're
subtle and don't distract. To keep them manageable, I
chose to photograph on a cloudy but bright day and I set the
glass up in a window in a south-facing room. Bright and
cloudy gives a diffuse wash of natural light. The absence
of direct sun means that there are no dazzling hot-spots either
in the room or outside to reflect back in the glass.
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