Having Fun with a Little DIY

September 21, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

Every photographer who has shot some product photography before knows to be fairly afraid of two types of objects: clear glass and rounded, shiny metal. With either type of object, the amount of area you have to pay attention to for reflections is huge, practically the entire room! Shooting a bit of shiny, rounded metal is where I found myself this past weekend.

Now, I've done this before, and I had a great lighting teacher in school, so I knew what I was up against. One of the big things I had going for me was the small size of the product, which let me cover much of the reflected surface between my two soft boxes. I had a minor (very minor) revelation to use my reflector to create a light box-effect, laying it over the product, propped up on the soft boxes. This knocked out most of the unwanted reflections! However, there was one nagging spot that needed attention: the very front of the containter where my camera was pointed toward.

The reflection of doom. With my light box filled in around the sides and top, the one area I didn't think about was the little rectangle of space that I was trying to poke my lens through. That little area made a big reflection, and it was in a spot that stuck out like a sore thumb to boot. Then it hit me, and I wondered why it hadn't before.

Off I went in search of some printer paper, some tape and some scissors. A few minutes later, I had a neat little "side" of the "light box" added onto my camera.

DIY shoot through reflector!

With a little bit more tinkering, I was able to mostly cover the hole in the "light box" that the reflection "saw." It does bring up one more thought to me, and that's having a tilt-shift lens; I could have hid that last little black hole of a reflection a bit better with one. Now to convince Mrs. Art Works that a new $1,200+ lens really is needed...

And, not to be forgotten, a little "after" shot with the lens reflection removed:

Bad reflections gone, even with a little post processing help.

 


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