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More Milkcube 365/145

As mentioned in yesterdays photo, I have been looking for a non-reflective black surface, on which I can use liquids and possibly flames. Well a trip to Sainsbury's supermarket for some supplies, might just have produced something suitable. Its a shallow baking tray from the cookware department, only £1.00 for the Economy range version, so it's not going to break the bank and I guess I can always use it for cooking if it doesnt work out ;-)

 

Though it doesnt give a pure black and there is a slight sheen, but that is easy to overcome when you know how. That prompted todays double image, which shows what it looks like straight from the camera, at the top and after a quick adjustment in photoshop below.

Now I'm far from competent with photoshop and definately not the person to be teaching others, but I do find the "Levels" adjustment very useful.

It is really just a more sophisticated contrast control and well worth experimenting with. Not sure if it is the same on later versions, but on my Elements V0, yes, I'm still using the very first version. The levels adjustment can be found under the "Enhance" button and is grouped in with the Contrast adjustment button.

If like me, you use a lot of white or black backgrounds, this is well worth playing with to get a much cleaner image.

I hope this image shows how much difference a simple adjustment can make.

 

Hopefully this has been a little bit informative and to carry on have shown the setup using the upturned baking tray in the image in the first comment below. Including my much seen lighting setup for these shots, of course :)

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Taken on October 6, 2010