Sometimes you’ll get to photograph objects with different textures, and the light won’t be suitable for all of them. Photographer Phillip McCordall shares a couple of useful tricks that will help you in such situations. Glass objects may have unpleasing reflections, and you can easily tone them down using spray deodorant. Mr. McCordall uses a few more items we all have at home and that cost almost nothing, and with them, he controls the reflections on the glass objects. These DIY tricks of the trade cost almost nothing and they’ll definitely save you some post-processing time.
If you have unwanted and unappealing reflections on the subject, you can buy a can of dulling spray. However, the much cheaper solution is deodorant. Mr. McCordall recommends you take the cheapest one, as it creates the matte finish. The more expensive brands are clear and won’t have much effect. Take a look at before and after and compare the results before and after spraying:
Another trick Mr. McCordall uses is adding white tape along the bottle. This creates a mock white reflection, and you can even make it appear thicker or thinner by rotating the bottle.
When he wants to make a mock white reflection on the rim of a glass, he uses some white paint to achieve the effect.
These techniques are pretty useful, and it’s always good to have some of the tricks like this up your sleeve. Do you have your favorite tricks like this?
[Tips & Tricks 8 | Phillip McCordall]