We’re modifying light. Reflections. Diffusers. We’re even blocking light. I made a wonky reflector from heavy cardboard and foil, and it refused to stand up. This concept needs refinement. Structural integrity of sort. I will work on this during the weekend, and come up with something that does not require any investment beyond my time and imagination.
The three primary ways of mucking about with light are ‘reflectors’ and ‘diffusers’ and ‘blockers’. I didn’t have any mesh material to hand, so no diffusers were used for this lesson. I did make a reflector from a portion of cardboard box from the supermarket and a length of foil, but as I said, it required the steady hand of my husband to hold it in place. Not ideal – he’s not usually a willing participant in my whims. I coaxed him into it with promises of bangers and mash and onion gravy for supper. For the diffuser I shall hunt down an old white bedsheet to hang on the window. I have some. I just don’t know where I put them. For the light blocker I used the window blinds. Perfect. I could adjust them to permit whatever amount of light I wanted to enter the photo.
So, here are my three photos using the DIY foil reflector and my husband’s steady hand.
Can you see the little ant?
And the final shot of the series without water.
Tomorrow we do white balancing stuff. This should be interesting; I can hardly balance on a bicycle!