Photographing polished materials

These images were created as part of a study on polished materials, in this case, stainless steel cutlery.

One of the most difficult subjects to photograph is cutlery. It’s finishing, usually highly polished, makes it act like a mirror, reflecting everything around it. Specially challenging are round shapes.

With these images I’ve tried to control all the reflections and, at the same time, to keep its shape perfectly defined by darkening the edges. To add a little contrast, I’ve used watercolor paper as a background, as it has a really interesting texture.

Post production included color grading and minor retouching of the paper background.

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