Photographing reflective surfaces

I recently had the opportunity to photograph a home monitoring device by a technology startup based in San Francisco, California. The company is called Sentri (http://sentri.me) and they make a beautiful smart home device that protects the home. And like all technology devices, Sentri has many reflective surfaces, making it hard to photograph without getting ugly reflections. Many tech startups in silicon valley creating tech hardware devices run into similar problems!

The Sentri is basically a large mirror, reflecting everything it sees.

The Sentri is basically a large mirror, reflecting everything it sees.

When I was tasked with photographing some marketing campaign images for this startup, I knew the reflections were going to be an issue. We found a beautiful home in San Francisco to shoot some editorial lifestyle images and as expected, we ran into some problems.

Pretty ugly huh.

The best way to get rid of these unsightly reflections is to hold up some kind of black material (I use a black foam core cutout). That way, the reflection is now black, and this blends nicely with the rest of the product face. Like so:

Here's one of our lovely client/co-founder/marketing director Wendy helping out on the photoshoot.

Here's one of our lovely client/co-founder/marketing director Wendy helping out on the photoshoot.

Sometimes you need to put the foam core in strange places...

To get the right shot...

And bend over backwards...

Yayyy!! Now I know how to get rid of reflections in my photos!

Hope you found that useful. Please feel free to check out some of Sentri's other shots on their website http://sentri.me or browse my portfolio for examples of other marketing campaigns I've worked on - thanks for reading!