School: Arizona State University, Graphic Information Technology
Instructor: Penny Dolin
Assignment: Reflective Surface Photography
This reflective surface assignment proved to be one of the most difficult shoots of the semester. Photographing highly reflective surfaces with the goal of minimal post-production editing is no joke! I chose this pretty gold goblet from our studio's repertoire of props and got to work.
The biggest challenge, of course, was getting minimal reflection on the goblet's surface. I draped myself, the camera, and the camera stand in black cloth to minimize reflections and used black gobo cards to block the rest of the room and a white reflector card to catch the softbox reflection on the right side of the goblet. After extensive arranging, rearranging, angling and inching, I got a few good shots to work with.
I shot this in the campus studio with a camera tethered to Adobe Lightroom. I did all of my retouching and corrective editing in Adobe Photoshop.