This was not, actually. Just a clamp-on lamp with a LED bulb. A friend of mine is a professional photographer and we were talking about pen/product photos the other day. She suggested this article and i thought I'd try it. A higher light set with a softbox/strobe would be better... But I need new lenses and a different body before I go buying accessories :biggrin:Looks good! Using softbox?
It's my kitchen table.... I spent too many hours finishing it to scratch with steel wool :biggrin:The reflection on the board is distracting, maybe the same background hit with some 0000 steel wool.
I appreciate the comments. Always like hearing others opinions. I did take a few directly on the wood but I'd have to go back and look to see why I didn't select them. As for the composition/ crop, if I remember right, the piece it was sitting on was not very big. At the low angle I had to crop it tight to avoid the edges :frown:That is a nice pen, and nice photo. I especially like the rim light on the back edge.
If I may, I do agree that the reflection is a bit much. The way you lit it, if you remove the glass you should still get a similar shaped reflection in the wood grain surface though most like it would be more diffuse, distorted, and subtler.
If you wanted to tone down the reflection but keep the glass you could experiment with a polarizing filter and experiment with lighting angles. A polarizer might tone it down to a less distracting but still interesting state.
I'd also consider leaving a bit more space around the edges. Give the pen some compositional breathing room. It will appear a slight bit smaller but will draw the eye more effectively into the composition.
The difference between a good and a great photo often comprises a handful of minor adjustments that bring it all together to a universal appeal.