The lighting angle

The exercise asks you to keep the camera in a fixed position (on a tripod) and aimed horizontally at the subject. I decided initially to use this patinated tankard and place it on a some shoeboxes on a table to get the right level, covered by a towel. I used a plain wool blanket hung over the window to create a bright plan back ground.

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Light at front of subject

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Light at left hand side of frame

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Light at rear and left

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After doing the required number of shots I thought the tankard wasn’t showing the effects of moving the lighting well enough as it was too smooth.  So I repeated the exercise with a wooden snuff box, placed at a slight angle to the camera:-

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Light in line with camera

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Light at left of subject at ninety degrees

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Light at rear left of subject
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Light directly behind subject

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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light to rear and right of subject

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Light to right of subject.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Front Light at 45 degrees

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Light at left at 45 degrees

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Light at rear left at 45 degrees

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Light behind subject at 45 degrees

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Light at right of subject at 45 degrees.

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Light at left of camera at 45 degrees

 

 

 

 

 
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Lit from above

Of all the shots above I think the second (shot from the left and level) is the most effective.  It brings out the detail but provides sufficient shadows to show the depth of the carving on the box and thus give a 3d effect to the image.

 

 

 

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