I have been getting some interesting assignments lately. One of them was from a major manufacturer of appliances here in South Africa. I had to lug half my studio to their show room to photograph some large refrigerators, freezers and one or two other items. It took me 2 days to take a few shots of 6 new appliances and I have to say that i won't be doing that again in a hurry. Working with highly reflective products in an uncontrolled environment is not a lot of fun at all.
Anyway, one of the products that I had to shoot was a mirror finished microwave oven. I looked at this thing in the product show room when they brought it through and thought to myself that there was just no way I was going to be able to shoot this with any degree of success in the space I had to work in. So I brought it home to my studio and yesterday I set about trying to find some way of getting a decent shot of it.
Obviously shooting it from the front is not possible without some serious trickery. What I wanted to do was try and get a faithful shot of it and also show some sort of gradient on the mirrored front. The big difficulty with this is that adding the gradient with a scrim using LEE Filters 216W diffusion required some very finicky light positioning otherwise I would obliterate the white printed button indicators on the side panel. This was a lot of trial and error, but I think I got a decent result in the end.
Here is the shot straight out of camera.
And here is an ambient 1" exposure to try and show the timer LCD.
These two will be blended in Ps by people who know what they are doing.
For now this is what I got after some minor editing in Lr / Ps:
For the curious here is what the studio setup looks like.
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