Nothing brings family together year round (but especially on warm lazy days) like cold served gỏi cuốn.
Today’s dish was staged on our granite counter-top in our modern-day designed kitchen with typical high-volume builder-grade overhead can lighting. To avoid unwanted reflections from the counter-top from showing up, I attached my handy Hoya Circular Polarizer Filter[*] to attenuate them out. With the camera on the tripod, I composed the shot and triggered the self-timer. The 10-second beeps were enough time for me to position the Diffuser Disc [*] for softening the overhead light source to reduce shadows.
A diffuser disc placed after the camera has metered the exposure (i.e. self-timer is running) does have a reducing effect on total exposure, since it is reducing the light into the camera that it originally thought it was getting. This can be compensated by adjusting color levels post-process, and/or adjusting up the EV compensation on the camera. On my shooter, +2/3 EV gets it pretty close when diffusing light.
If necessary, consult your camera’s documentation for exposure compensation. Its typically denoted in the viewfinder and/or body LCD display by a linear gauge usually ranging from -3 to +3, in 1/3 increments.
As I’ve previously written, a circular polarizing filter is really nice to have on hand, as a versatile color enhancer (in the right conditions) and reflection tamer. I’ve been happy with the Hoya line of Circular Polarizers [*].
For a lot of the close-up photos I’ve done, diffusing the light soruce with the diffuser disc core of a kit like the Neewer 43-inch / 110cm 5-in-1 Collapsible Multi-Disc Light Reflector [*] makes a difference in little-to-no shadows around the delicious tasty food items in the shot, vs having hard dark hues surrounding them.
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