Sometimes photographers have to shoot shiny stuff. Lighting works very differently on things that are shiny compared to how light works on more diffused subject matter. The shinier the object, the more it will be reflecting the light sources – both main and secondary.
Controlling these ‘specular’ parts of the light – as it is reflected from the subject – can be the greatest challenge.
Highlights give clues to our subjects. They tell us if the surface is smooth or not, and they can aid in showing us the dimension and shape of the object or subject.
The P52′ers had a blast with a “Shoot Something Shiny” assignment, and here is what they came up with.
Lots of ‘behind the scenes’ setup shots at the Flickr Page.