I remember one day in college I was sitting next to a kid in a free computer lab working on some stuff before class and he opened up a photograph of an egg that he shot for his “Advanced Commercial Photography” class. He told me that “this is the ultimate test for a photographer, perfectly lighting a white egg against a white background.” This was about a year before I bought my D70s and I thought it was a cool idea and a cool photograph.
Come to find out the kid was:
- a tool
- arrogant spoiled rich kid
Lighting an egg is not the ultimate test, but a good exercise in lighting. When photographing an egg you want to eliminate as much shadow as possible but give the egg definition so it doesn’t get washed out in the white.