March 26th, 2015
I have a photo shoot coming up and the house has a quint wine cellar – 10×18 in size, wine racks and bottles, etc. There is etched glass on the entrance door and etched glass for the large front glass planes. The wine cellar is located in the basement of the house and no available light anywhere – only canned lights outside the of the wine cellar and the inside of the cellar has pot lights, tungsten. What I’d like to do is capture the art work on the etched glass. The color of the etched art work is white stencil. I’ve never encountered anything like this and frankly, I haven’t a clue on how to best capture this art work on the window. Any thoughts on how to go about trying to capture this image?
From looking at your site, it appears that you don’t use flash. It appears that you use bracketed exposures and process with HDR software.
Your wine cellar shoot is an excellent application for using one or two small flashes. There’s a couple of ways to starting using a single flash in your shooting:
- Use Scott Hargis’s approach to small flash: This post on the PFRE blog is a condensed description of Scotts technique. If you haven’t used flash before this technique will require some practice but it is very simple. Scott’s book and video series give you in depth information on this technique.
- Use a bracketing/flash hybrid technique: Here’s a post on the PFRE blog that describes this technique. Simon Maxwell’s book and video series gives more information on how to use this technique.
If you’ve never used flash before #2 above may be an easier way to get started with flash. Either way I think that starting to use at least one small flash will solve your wine cellar shot problem and improve your work in general.
If you don’t have any manual flashes here is a post on the PFRE blog that describes what you need to get started using manual flashes.