Lighting Reflective Surfaces
It is increasingly unusual to shoot product shots, the large majority of such work having gone the way of CG imagery. So I relished a recent product based shoot for Hotpoint.
Their highly reflective black and chrome styling brought a host of challenges...with any light source in the studio being mirrored back at you. Lights, camera, crew, stands, grip all staring back at you in the reflections.
So behind camera we erected a sea of black drape and black Polyboard, shooting through a small window in the board.
The client was after a more 'noirish' feel to the range so I employed two side trace-frames with no fill from the front at all. Both light source and reflection, this type of work is always about giving the source a clean shape as this shape will be perpetually present in the reflection.
These sculptural reflections will define the shape and volume of the objects you are photographing... in this particular case objects of high contrast and sharp edges.
A turtable is always essential for this sort of table top work. As the objects slowly rotate, the light will traveling and flaring of each facet as it does so.