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8.14 Shooting Objects > 8.14 Shooting Objects - Pg. 211

Shooting People and Objects CHAPTER 8 Black backgrounds need to be used with care. Although they can create great contrast with a much lighter subject, they may emphasize color, and dark areas around the edges of the subject may vanish into the surround- ings. if the backlight is increased to prevent this from happening, it can pro- duce an inappropriate glittering halo of light around the subject. strong background colors such as red, yellow, or bright green may not only be distracting, but they will modify the apparent colors of the subject. if the subject is flat such as framed artwork, shoot it from a straight-on viewpoint and tilt the frame down a slight bit to avoid light reflections, camera reflections, or shadows. if a demonstrator has to put the item in position for the camera, it is often a good idea to have an unobtrusive mark on the table to guide where the object should be placed. this way, the camera can also prefocus on the spot. solid objects are best lit with "three-point lighting" (key, fill, backlight) or a side light to left and right with some frontal fill light. close-up shots with a wide-angle lens will create considerable distortion. if the depth of field is too limited in an extreme close-up or "detail" shot, use a smaller f-stop; but this requires higher light levels. instead of trying to increase the overall light level, take a separate close-up shot of the item 211 n n n n n n n