Three Sisters…

Finally got the pics in the can as they say in the photography world… or is it the movie world? Anyway they’re not in the can they’re on the harddrive. Processing starts tomorrow as I shot them with the highest resolution my camera can go and that means to use them on the web they will have to be “res-ed” down. Thanks to everyone who had advice and if I didn’t follow it this time, I will next time. I got the feeling since I ended up shooting everything twice as it is that I could shoot endlessly as long as I keep noticing things and start understanding more about the lights. Here’s a picture of the three fat sisters…


This shot was taken early and has really hot areas where the light is not diffused at all. The cups have been re-shot but not grouped together like this. I have to say that although in general I’m supposed to be diffusing the light to keep the it from obscuring details of the pot, I find that some highlights are essential to indicate the glossiness or lack thereof on the pot. Also a hot spot on the side of a textured bowl allows the viewer to get an idea of the tactile quality of the piece. Well, since this was only my second time shooting and first with this camera, I feel like I have learned a lot and have a good place to start next time. Also, I think I’m ready to give the new Canon a big thumbs up as it was easy to shoot manually, set a custom white balance and the 2 batteries lasted quite some time.


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3 Responses to “Three Sisters…”

  1. gary Says:

    Good Lod Jim, you sure do know how to make and GLAZE a piece….

  2. Miri Says:

    For what its worth, and with the risk of putting my foot in my mouth (yet again), I thought this old clayart post by Vince Pitelka rings very true (to me at least, so I bookmarked it). He touches on not trying too hard to get rid of all the shiny spots, which reflect a truism of the pot:

    “When photographing ceramics or glass, there are three common problems that
    can occur even when the photographer is trying to do the most professional
    job. One is to create the impression that the piece is floating in space.
    That makes the piece appear flat, and it removes it from the real context of
    sitting on some sort of flat surface. When photographing something that
    does in fact sit on a flat surface, it is essential that the surface be
    revealed. That is easy to do with a proper backdrop and proper lighting.

    The second problem occurs when people attempt to eliminate all highlights
    reflecting off the piece, and all cast shadows. Some people use a softbox
    alone, or lights with umbrella reflectors, or a white sheet tent, and any
    one of them will eliminate virtually all highlights and cast shadows. When
    photographing work that is in fact shiny, it is essential that some
    highlights show the reflective surface in the photograph, in order to
    represent the piece truthfully. A small subsidary spotlight can do that,
    and it can create a slight cast shadow that can be very effective. It can
    be positioned quite far away if necessary, just so that it creates just a
    bit of highlight and shadow.

    Third problem occurs when lighting is completely symmetrical. In some cases
    that works, but much of the most interesting photgraphy of 3-D objects
    occurs when the lighting is slightly asymmetrical. It is a simple matter to
    shift the softbox slightly off center, to help reveal the
    three-dimensionality of the piece. Reflective cards asymmetricall placed
    can reflect light towards the base of the piece on one side or the other.
    The subsidary spotlight can also be placed off center.

    These are just a few suggestions, but the essential point is to represent
    the piece in the most complimentary and truthful “light” without causing any
    Best wishes –
    – Vince

    Vince Pitelka
    Appalachian Center for Craft

  3. Miri Says:

    P.S. Lovely shot and great mugs! I like the group shot.

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