Shiny Chrome Kettle Photoshoot

Shooting curved, reflective objects is a complicated task! Retaining that metallic feeling while avoiding unsightly reflections can be a real challenge.

In this class, Karl demonstrates a simple DIY lighting-equipment solution that you can easily make yourself. Follow his step-by-step workflow and discover how he builds up his lighting to maintain that lovely metallic look on the subject while controlling and removing unwanted reflections in the metalwork.

In this class:

  • How to photograph reflective objects
  • Techniques for controlling reflections on shiny objects
  • Lighting setups for product photography on a white background
  • How to balance multiple lights
  • How to control light by adjusting the distance from the subjects

To see Karl’s retouching process for this shot, check out Shiny Chrome Kettle | Post-Production.

If you enjoy this class, you may also like to watch Jewellery Photography – Rings and Zenith Watch Product Shoot.

Questions? Please post them in the comments section below.

© Karl Taylor


  1. Hi Karl, I am quite new in product photography and in your course, could you please explain why cannot we use a light tent (instead of Perspex around the product) and illuminate with lights the same way ? Many thank in advance 🙂

  2. Ventis Jansons

    This technique with cylinder shape around shiny product in my head for months but never try it out.
    Thanks for giving a kick forward, and again if some idea in your head just try it out to see it work or not.
    Class video Karl .

  3. Would this method work with clear liquid bottle who has a lot of shiny letters and drawings on the label? Thanks 🙂

    1. Hi, yes for the label but you should also see the ‘clinique product shoot’ for an easier answer.

  4. Its an absolute nightmare shooting such extremely reflective product, I normally use a cube to shoot and do a lot of work in post, will tryout your method. thanks for the class.

  5. garystasiuk

    I’m curious if you use that tube horizontally to shoot other things chrome or shiny? How else have you used the tube? I saw the video where you used a cone to photograph jewelry, another interesting light tent technique. I just finished a chanel lipstick with a chrome finish, both cylinder and square, which were a challenge.. hours of subtle tweaks to position and lights and scrims. You don’t realize how fussy it is until you are working with it. I felt that photo was a success because the photoshop work was an hour or less to finish. Now that I tried once, I feel like I need to dive in to learn and better understand dealing with shiny gloss or chrome finishes.

    1. Hi Gary, I’ve not used the tube horizontally but I use the cone alot for small stuff. Other wise it’s boxing in with scrims.

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