Learn by Doing Photography – Practice your photography skills with weekly photography assignments. I will post a new assignment every Friday, you can post your pictures at the bottom of this post or on the DigitalCamFan Facebook. If you have any questions please refer to the guidelines, if you have no questions jump right in any time!
Learn by Doing Photography #46 – Photographing Silver
I have never tried to photographing silverware, but today I tried it. I love setting up shots like this! When working with shiny objects it’s possible for either you or your camera to show up in the shot. The trick is you don’t want to be in the shot!
For this assignment I used a tile I bought at home depot. Last year I went to home depot and picked out a couple individual tiles that I liked. This one is a single black granite tile. The one light source is to the left. I set the camera to aperture priority with a wide aperture f/4.0. I used the timer on this one. I have a big piece of white construction paper I bought for $1, I hit the shutter and pretty much covered the forks. The back of the paper rested on the back of the table and I held it directly above the camera. Each picture I took I moved the white construction paper around which would move where my light was hitting the forks.
I had the camera on a tripod so I could use a lower shutter speed. Since I have the white paper over the top of the picture, I am not letting much light in. The shutter speed on this one is 3 seconds.
How to photograph shiny reflective objects. You will find a couple tips with LearnMyShot this week. These tips are good to know, not necessarily just for photographing silverware, but anything reflective like marbles, guitars, etc. there are lots of objects out there that are reflective.