Stainless Retouching

Shooting interiors with stainless steel appliances is a nightmare unless they’re completely spotless!  Even then, they often reflect light and colors that defy geometric principles and they just look plain crappy.  Recently I shot a kitchen where the appliances were a hot mess (not the one in the video) so I decided to tinker in Photoshop for a solution.  I started by making a selection using the path tool, then using a large soft brush I sampled the different colored areas and loosely painted over the stainless.  Next I added some noise, masked the handles in, and created some drop shadows to pull it all together.  Is it perfect?  No, but it’s something that I’m going to keep playing with to see how far I can push it.

Kitchen 1 fffdsddinal



Last year I saved up all winter for a full studio lighting setup to learn food, still life and product photography and had a very limited budget to equip myself with everything I would need to get started…

I ordered 4 Flashpoint DG600 monolights, a couple strip boxes, a large (really large) beauty dish, a grid set, a couple rolls of diffusion, and a jumbo soft box all of which I picked up in April.

My intention was to start building a portfolio during my spare time but a silly thing called summer (aka; I’m swamped shooting interiors and it’s way too nice out to be cooped up in the basement) happened.

That said, my newly acquired gear has been collecting dust ever since – until now!  I finally decided to get my butt back into the studio to shoot my first love; vino tinto!

This is a composite of two frames – one for the bottle, the background and the label and another for the small neck detail…

Bottoms up!!