Saturday, November 10, 2007

Another Use for an Old CD

If you need just a little light on the dark side of a small object, when photographing using light from a window, prop up an old CD with the shiny side facing the dark side of the object. This was taken with window light on the left and light reflecting from the CD on the right side. Keep in mind that the color of the light reflecting off the CD will have the same tone as the color of the CD. A silver, blue or greenish-colored CD will reflect a cool light and a gold-colored CD will reflect warmer light (golden cast).

This is the scarecrow with nothing but window light on the left side.

This is the scarecrow with window light on the left and CD 'light' on the right. Put the CD opposite the window light, and angle it until you get the light right where you want it.

By the way, I like the angle of the shot of the first of these 3 images best. Do you know why? Because the scarecrow's whole smile, more of his hat, and the tines on the rake are visible.

"... it takes a lot of looking before you learn to see the extraordinary."
~ David Bailey, Legendary Photographer ~


Mabelle said...

I love your photos Janet! I really do! The birds... and the small scarecrow statue are awesome!

Janet said...

Thank you, Mabelle! I really love your scrapbook designs too! I know how much time and thought and how much of 'you' goes into your designs.

JoAnn said...

wow wow make it sound so simple...great shots...cute subject...I will try this! I am having fun with my new lens!