I was presented with this interesting coffee/tea pot (not sure which) fresh from a second hand market in Copenhagen, shiny things present a particular set of challenges for the everyday photographer especially when using flash mainly due to the highly reflective surfaces, so, I set about shooting it with a number of different setups, all with flash ranging from a single on-camera flash and ending up with 3 off-camera. All were shot with the same exposure 1/250th @ F8 against the same grey card background and all have had the same very basic retouching.
|1. Simple on-camera flash, note the harsh,
ugly shadows behind and bright reflection of the flash.
|2. Flash still on camera but angled up and bounced off the ceiling,
less shadow and better rendition of the grey background
|3. Now the flash is off the camera and positioned on a stand 45 degrees to the right
and above, shadow now falls on the table and the pot has
more definition and less reflections but I still didn’t like it.