Lighting Spherical Shapes
Spherical- or round-shaped products can be just as
simply lighted, but this time the basic setup requires five
With only the background lighted and no light falling on
the ball, the ball appears as a hole cut in the background
To light a round object, start the lighting setup by first
establishing the main spotlight high, behind, and to the
left of the subject.
Add a smaller spotlight at subject level in a position at
the left rear of the set.
Adding a low, third spotlight from the right rear forms
a bright highlight in the top of the area lighted by the
main light. This adds a sense of roundness to the ball.
The final light in the setup is a weak fill-in light that
changes the effect and produces a fully lighted ball that
shows maximum shape, form, and texture.

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