How to light black metal objects?

Started Apr 16, 2013 | Discussions thread
Sailor Blue
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Re: How to light black metal objects?

The problem isn't the exposure, it is the lighting.  Your lighting is flat with no spectral highlights to show the shiny property of the plastic and the contrast is much too low because of the flat lighting.  A quick adjustment of Exposure, Blacks, Clarity, and Vibrance in ACR greatly improved the image, but better lighting would have done even more.

Buy and study a copy of "Light Science and Magic" to learn more about lighting reflective objects such as metal, plastic, and glass.

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