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Exploring Polarized Light in the Studio: Part One

Exploring Polarized Light in the Studio: Part One

So I got to use this technique now, and this is the first test of it.¬†Nothing¬†extraordinary to it, but it opens amazing possibilities¬†in many areas of studio tabletop¬†photography: product, jewelry, silverware, ¬†food… you name it!

Video Explains Everything

And these are examples: with and w/o polarizer film on the spotlight. No processing, straight from the Lightroom.

I must add that using a circular polarizer alone did not give nearly any effect: it reduced those bright spots from the light to about 10%… which won’t help me at all.

¬†Looks pretty interesting, doesn’t it?

Of course CPL kills not only bad reflections, but also affects good ones, like the bottom label on the bottle and the metal utensils it the white jar. This is a powerful technique and we have to watch it before throwing it into an action :-)

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The next thing I’ll do is to use this stuff for jewelry¬†photography, and use multiple polarized lights.

All the best my friends!
Alex

5 responses on "Exploring Polarized Light in the Studio: Part One"

  1. After some Google “research” I found this site: http://www.3dlens.com/shop/linearpolarizer.php

  2. Damian, where did you buy this filter gel? Can you leave some link on it? Thanks!

  3. Wonderful Alex! Amazing. I just bought a sheet of Polarizing filter gel, can’t wait to try this out!
    Did you ever buy a larger roll of it that you can sell to us?

    Thanks,

  4. Wonderful Alex! Amazing. I just bought a sheet of Polarizing filter gel, can’t wait to try this out!

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