One of the difficulties of photographing very small parts is that often times the finished photographs are displayed larger than life-size. The products were never engineered to be photographically displayed, much less, up close and personal. Occasionally, I’ll give parts to a jeweler friend of mine for him to clean up with his specialized tools. But the answer in most cases is to retouch; removing visual defects and flaws in the product during post-production. Depending on the product and the size it's eventually displayed, the retouching can be tedious work, but well worth it. For this client, the individual products were photographed in a way that enabled me to assemble them in Photoshop to create an exploded view with visual impact.
I enjoy the opportunity to work with good designers and art directors. Their collaboration invariable produces better photographs, brochures, catalogs, ads and websites. I had the good fortune to work with Designers & Partners on this project. This photo was assembled in Photoshop from individual shots of all of the parts our client makes for a 9 speed transmission. Shooting shiny parts is almost always fun. As always, I am interested in your thoughts and comments.