I love experimenting with photography, but I need to spend more time nailing down the basics. I decided to tackle dark field lighting a few years ago, after having used in my microscopy work. I noticed some distinct differences between what I did with a microscope versus what most folks do with it in the studio, to wit: texture.
In microscopy, you typically use dark field to bring out surface relief, but in the big world, we usually stick to lighting edges of things, typically glass. In talking with folks at Westcott, we decided to give an introductory article on this general technique, which I hope to follow up with a more detailed approach over the summer. The article I wrote for them should get you started, and shows three basic and one intermediate example. The intermediate one is the metal texture surface, which takes some finesse and knowing what you want from the setup.
Go check it out and tell me what you think! Do you want a more detailed article showing how to combine this technique with other lighting methods for bringing out even more texture?
Dark Field Lighting on FJ Westcott University (#Tog Tuesday)