How do professionals do it? Product photography of shiny / reflective items

Started Jul 23, 2011 | Discussions thread
anolphart
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Re: How do professionals do it? Product photography of shiny / reflective items
In reply to Justin Varuzzo, Jul 24, 2011

Ditto on the Light Science & Magic book!

If you are using continuous lighting, remember that the light meter in your camera measures everything at 18% grey, so if you take a reading of a predominantly white background it will come out grey. Try getting a reading off a grey card as that will in most cases be the correct exposure for the product.

Ideally, as 24Peter said, try to light the background separately and brighten it by about 1 – 2 stops above the exposure required for the product but be careful not to make it too bright as it will blow out the edges on the instrument.

As far as the black reflections are concerned, I agree that some black adds punch to the photos otherwise the product can look very dull.

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