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tylerallenmohr

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Help: Shooting reflective objects in studio
« on: December 06, 2017, 02:17:50 PM »

I'm working for a client providing images for their catalogue. They are a home decor wholesaler and some of their product includes chrome coated Christmas tree ornaments. Does anyone have advice on how to just shot the product without seeing the camera and studio setup in the reflection?
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Peter McLennan

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Re: Help: Shooting reflective objects in studio
« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2017, 03:33:07 PM »

One of the most difficult things to shoot is an electric kettle - for that very reason. 
Look up "Photographic Tent".
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tylerallenmohr

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Re: Help: Shooting reflective objects in studio
« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2017, 04:05:59 PM »

Thanks Peter. We do have a small tent that may be suitable. Could you elaborate any on technique? The client has complained that in the past the tent is still more or less visible in the shot. Specifically the seams. Their desire is to achieve the most neutral rendering possible. Something similar to what might be produced by a 3D computer rendering.
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Re: Help: Shooting reflective objects in studio
« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2017, 07:42:29 PM »

This is a pretty good example to walk you through some of the techniques.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1vBOtGKfQM
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Peter McLennan

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Re: Help: Shooting reflective objects in studio
« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2017, 11:05:48 PM »

I'd suggest retouching the seams in post if that's a problem.  I'd also suggest a better tent.  Lighting it is key.  Soft, even light from all directions.
Like an electric kettle, a shiny Christmas ball is about as hard as it gets. Make sure you bill the client by the hour.  :)
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Otto Phocus

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Re: Help: Shooting reflective objects in studio
« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2017, 06:17:09 AM »

I can highly recommend the book: Light Science & Magic: An Introduction to Photographic Lighting 5th Edition
by Fil Hunter,‎ Steven Biver,‎ and Paul Fuqua

It is a serious text on photograph lighting with a lot of emphasis on how to handle reflective objects.
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I shoot with a Camera Obscura with an optical device attached that refracts and transmits light.

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Re: Help: Shooting reflective objects in studio
« Reply #6 on: December 08, 2017, 05:24:29 PM »

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