Spyne Shoots Reflective Surfaces Like A Pro For World Class Brands

Spyne Shoots Reflective Surfaces Like A Pro For World Class Brands

With Spyne expanding its operations across categories, the on-demand photography company was successful in collaborating with international and national watch brands, jewelry, and glassware brand to help them in shooting their products with high reflective surfaces perfectly, which requires the highest level of expertise and skills.

Spyne being one of the leading photography studios that have the largest penetration of freelance photography networks in the country and presence across 42+ cities in India, has pushed its operation and end-to-end shoot workflow to a level where Spyne could help high-end brands in shooting challenging products at affordable prices and faster TATs.


Spyne collaborated with world-class watch brands, high-end jewelry brands based out in Delhi, Mumbai, and Bangalore, sunglass brands, steel ware, and glassware brands to help them scale visual content requirements in faster turnaround times, along with post-production.  


With the recent collaboration, Spyne has been successful in delivering shoots for over 1000 utensils, 500 glassware, and 800+ high-end jewelry products. Spyne has been able to deliver each project in two working days, which is only possible because of our streamlined workflow and AI-driven image editing that helps us deliver projects 67% faster than any manual editor.


Decoding the challenges of shooting reflective surfaces

The challenges that we solve at Spyne while shooting high-end reflective surface products.

There are two types of reflective surfaces when it comes to photography. The metal surfaces, which reflect the light when place under studio lights during the shoot. So, we use double overhead reflectors to eliminate the reflections caused by the neat surfaces or simply put light sources on each side of the object to shower an equal amount of light on the main object.  

Another type is glassware, which is transparent and the challenge comes because of its tendency to allow light to pass through it. Here, it is necessary to use a black backdrop that will help you distinguish the product from the background, if you use a white background, the backdrop may end up merging the object. 

Cutter is used to shooting glassware products. It’s backlighting (that is put behind the product), which is ideal to shoot products such as clear glasses such as bottles, decorative glassware, or wine glasses. 


In this backlit setup, the main light source (soft light) is placed behind the product, place the black paper on each side of the product to emphasize the curves and outlines of the product. In a case when soft light is not available, you can use the light behind the product while separating the light source and the product with butter paper. 


Setting the light source is one of the main challenges while shooting the reflective surfaces - be it metal or glass. It is necessary to choose the right light to shoot the object. 

As far as the camera is concerned, you don’t necessarily have to rely on the ISO of the camera, (which is like creating an artificial light source to shoot the object) which on increasing can bring noise or grains in the picture. Instead, use the right light to capture prominent images. 

Keeping the reflective surface clean

Keeping the objects clean is one of the most important things to be kept in mind. For highly reflective surfaces such as diamond, glass, and metal surfaces, a photographer must use gloves to position the object, even clean the objects before shooting. It will ensure that the objects are clean from any prints, stains, and scratches, which is sort of impossible to eliminate during the image editing. If it is removed in tools like Photoshop, then the detail of the object is likely to be compromised.

So, to keep the objects prominence alive and not to let detailing get compromised due to image editing, you can clean the products and use gloves to position and reposition them during the shoot.

The story behind our ‘Dark Room’

There are several reasons for creating a dark room. It allows photographers to shoot reflective surfaces such as watches, high-end jewelry products, and diamonds flawlessly without having to worry about the alien reflection. The main reasons are to get sharp images by eliminating all the reflections caused by the outer materials and the foreign reflections in the room. It also allows you to have perfect control over the right amount of light, as it is difficult for the light to escape the scene in the darkroom. 


Choosing the right background for the product is necessary. For an instance, we choose a black backdrop to shoot products like glassware and diamond products. If we shoot these products on a white backdrop, the white backdrop will merge with the product and compromise the detailing of the product, because of their transparency. The black backdrop absorbs light and gives the right color contrast, prominence, and detailing of the product. Read how we helped high-end jewelry brand, PP Jewellers, with a black background, high-quality images. 

Spyne has also collaborated with national and international brands such as Amazon, OYO, Flipkart, Bigbasket, PP Jewellers, etc to help scale visual content requirements in faster turnaround times and at affordable prices. Click here to explore shoots. 

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Written By - Younus Sideeq on 28 Oct, 2020