I was brought in to photograph new metal subway tile shingles for Spengler Industries and Fine Metal Roof Tech. I have been working with the fine people at these companies for more than 10 years! I have photographed many of their metal roofing products over the years.
Photographing metal is very challenging. In many cases the metal is reflective, so you have to remove or hide reflections of the photographer, room, camera, or more. There is a reason car companies create a lot of commercials in 3D software these days.
Fortunately, these were brushed metal or aluminum and the finish wasn’t a mirror. However, we will needed to capture the highlights and show depth and shape for the unique subway tiles. This required lighting, reflectors, foam core, and an assistant. I was able to light and bounce light to create these photos. The rest is Photoshop, lots of Photoshop.
Here is a behind the scenes view with my assistant for the day Erno. He is holding a large silver reflector. That gives the surface of the metal something to reflect.