One + One + One = Final Image

see I was recently asked by long-time client University of Tampa to photograph a dark blue spherical crystal globe award that sits atop a clear crystal base, and which sits atop a blue velvet box. I took one look at this thing and actually thought the task was quite literally impossible. At least impossible to shoot in one single shot.

http://artmarkmaliwanag.com/2015/12/idol-life-mye-cruz/idol-mye7/ Lighting is always at the heart of any assignment, but this one was a doozie! Knowing quite quickly that one shot wasn’t gonna cover this one, I went to work setting up and lighting 3 separate shots. One of the dark globe, which actually glows a beautiful deep blue when you hit it with the right light. The challenge here is that when you’re lighting a crystal sphere, everything in the room, and even somewhat behind the sphere is reflected on the surface. Pretty tricky to choose where to put a light when you know it’s going to be reflected in the globe. I lit with a single light source that left a hot spot, which I corrected after the fact.

Second, I created a second shot where I lit for the clear crystal base, paying close attention to the legibility of the etched graphics. The only way to get these to show up was to light against a dark background so that the etched detail would reveal itself.

Lastly, I lit a simple gray background shot that would tie everything together. Here are the separate shots that contributed to the final, and of course, the final image, which I put together in photoshop while doing a little reflection management and cleanup.

Quite simply put, this was the most complex process I’ve ever used to come away with what could be misconstrued as a ‘simple product shot.’

The moral of the story is that sometimes, we have to let go of impossible and find a solution, no matter what. Enjoy!

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