Shooting a reflective surface

Shooting a reflective surface can be a little tricky because you need to set your lights and camera up in such a way that they will not reflect in the object you are shooting.

For this photo I ended up using three lights, one over and a little behind the sunglasses with a blue gel, one hairlight behind and off to the right of the sunglasses with a yellow gel, and finally a fill light off to the left with an octobox in front.  The camera was positioned in front of the sunglasses facing up with a 100mm Macro 2.8 lens.

Lightroom was used for the white balance, Photoshop for removing the string holding the glasses and any other flaws in the image. To add a little more contrast to the glasses I used NIKs Color Efex Pros “Contrast Only” and then masked out the background.  Finally I sharpened the frames of the glasses a little bit using a High Pass filter in Overlay blending mode and added some vignette in Lightroom.

For this shot I used a Canon 5DMKII, 100mm f/2.8 Macro, 1/60 @ f/8, ISO 100

A pair of very stylish gold sunglasses

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