Lighting still life
Image 1 Place a single colored box on a white background. Place the camera on a tripod in front of and 30 degrees above the subject. Fit a lens hood to the camera. Using a normal lens at maximum aperture focus 1/3 of the way into the top of the box. From behind the subject aim a spotlight on full spot into the centre of the top of the box. With the light correctly centred turn the spotlight to full flood and move the light so the shadow falls directly in front of the subject. Ensure only the top of the box is lit by the spotlight. Check for lens flare (direct light into the lens). Take an incident reading of the light source from the subject. Set ISO and note the aperture.