Finding every day items and creating an interesting photo is always a challenge. I had been thinking about how I can work with our can opener as a subject for a while now. So tonight I decided it was it's time to be the subject for the Photo of the Day. I took it out of the drawer and looked at it under a variety of light sources around the house.
Now one of the challenges in photographing highly reflective items is that you have to pay attention to every item in the reflection. A common way to light such objects is to use a softbox and create a large, bright reflection. However I didn't like this look to much with the can opener as it became to flat and lost a lot of detail. I decided on a smaller, more pin point light source, in this case the overhead light in our front entrance. I made this choice as I also wanted to use the stairs to give an interesting background.
As I lined up the shot I paid close attention to what I could see in the stainless steel. Sometimes I could see the reflection of the iPhone which caused to things I did not want. One was the apple logo and other times I could see the black of the phone itself which I did not like. Once I eliminated this I then watch for the lights and again carefully moved the angles around till the highlight was only on the cutting wheel. I did have to snap a few shots as it was a little tricky but I got the shot I was looking for.
I then brought the file in to Snapseed where I cropped it for Instagram's square format. I then applied the drama 2 filter and added the frame for this final result and my Photo of the Day.