thank you very much for your comment & yea, with a black background, i also think it would looks better. maybe find time to re-shot this when i don't have other ideas greetings to US from little switzerland
hey martha, thank you very much for your critical comment. as you can see, on every picture i write, that critical comments are really appreciated, but it's quite hard here on dA, to get fair critical comments like yours.
first i wanna answer the original picture in my tutorial. you're right, the original picture is really bad. my targed on every shot is, not to edit the picture. when i was trying to make a splashing-shot with black background, the first picture was really bad (bad lightning). it's the original picture in my tutorial with this, i want to show, how "easy" to improve a bad picture. it's fun, because i've seen the reflection on the glass (last week) & i took a black paper with a hole, like your advise after playing around to get a better lightning etc. i got this picture: [link] on this, i just had to edit the curves & some little stuff
as you wrote, i have the problem (on both pictures) with a different brightness on the fruit. that's why i had to edit/improve it in photoshop. i know, it's not perfect (the left side of the fruit & the different yellow etc.) but i know why. i have two different external flashes from different producer. the one on the left side is too bright & i can not make them more dark. maybe a have to buy a second external flash from the same producer...
to answer your question, yes, i've tried to fix the overexposed left side of the fruit by make it more dark. overexposed pictures is a big problem, there's no way to fix it... (instead of re-shot the picture)
the bubbles on the top, yea, i could remove them, thank you for the critique. i don't know why they're more dark, maybe because the fruit also reflect some light.? & yea, some drops are on the glass, next time i use a rug between the shots
well, i see, you have an eye to see every weakness on the picture. thank you very much for your fair critical comment, it really helps to improve the skills, that's why i'm here on dA.