I got a couple of messages on Flickr a while back asking me how to get a gradient effect on an iphone shot I did before.
You could actually place a small mirror on the surface of the subject just for checking out the what the actual reflection is. Normally for my granite tile shots, I use a white seamless paper as the reflected surface and place a bare flash towards it. I wiped the granite tile with water to get a little bit of pattern in the tile and also used a CTO gel pointed on a seamless white paper to get this effect.
So there you have it, next time you are dealing with a reflective surface product shot, feature out where its reflection is and place your lights there. Black acrylic (aka Lexan, aka Plexiglass) is actually what most product shooters will have in their studio. To see more of his work please visit his studio website blurMEDIAphotography, or follow him on Twitter, 500px, Google Plus or YouTube.


Stefan Kohler is a conceptual photographer, specialized in mixing science, technology and photography. When he isn't waking up at 4am to take photos of nature, he stays awake until 4am taking photos of the night skies or time lapses.
So here is a step by step lighting tutorial on how to achieve this kind of lighting and where you can use it. The first thing you need to know when you are working with a reflective surface is that it acts like a mirror.
Here is the trick: the location of the reflection hint you on where to position your lights. His passion is teaching and sharing his knowledge in Photograpy and has been doing this for 6 years.
Shame you lack the ability to properly explain clearly and step-by-step how to actually re-create it.


This is one of my favorite techniques when shooting products with a granite tile, and it gets that gradient reflection on a reflective surface every time. This means that the actual reflection is not just set by what you shoot, but it also depends on the camera position. You can follow his work on his web page, follow him on Flickr and if you happen to come by Cubao, Quezon City (To Manila, Philippines) he gives a great workshop!



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