- Jan 13, 2006
- Columbia, Maryland
- Real Name
- Walter Rowe
I've never seen that method described as "feathering" but that certainly makes a lot of sense. I first learned of the technique of placing the strip box at a 45-degree angle to the diffusion panel and touching the two together from a video tutorial that took the time time to explain those details. I reserve using that technique for photos that are a bit more important to me because the limited space in my makeshift studio makes it very difficult to make that happen. As an example, there is only barely enough space to make it happen on one side of the subject and not nearly enough space to make it happen on both sides.I think the technique you mention where he changes the angle of the strip light is feathering. Rather than directing light straight at the subject you use the edges of the light where it falls off (feathers) to control the spill onto the subject. And as you said moving it right up to the diffusion panel would define the edge even more.
It's possible in theory that that could be done but nailing it would be extraordinarily difficult. That's because I would have to move the stand holding the tabletop and the subject to capture the second photo. Keeping magnification, perspective and the like exactly the same in the second capture would be next to impossible in practice. I could make those corrections in Photoshop but doing so could become very tedious.Could you do it on one side, then the other, then "simply" blend the two exposures together?