Popcorn: Corny Reflection Post

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Thanks Kim. The original can be found in Target in Fort Lauderdale. If you can’t see the PSD, please check out the marked up version where we have highlighted the error for you. 

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Leandro-Fiori/100000595992168 Leandro Fiori

    Despite the lousy box of popcorn reflex, i can`t put if the falled popcorns are reflexions or not (it looks like they are trap in the middle of 2 realitys).

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YLREO5SQDTMCWXE62YE5AVTGNI Bird

    Why would it be so hard to set the box and corn on a piece of glass or a mirror then take a photgraph of it?

    • Waldobaby

      Some people are software people; they have a hard time with hardware. You want an artist or an engineer?

      • Jo_Momma

        Hardware people: “That’s not a bug, that’s a feature.

        Software people: “Reboot”

    • Pag

      They probably didn’t have a photographer on staff, so they just got a cheap stock photo. The stock photo didn’t have a reflection, so they tried to add one.

      Also, taking good photos of reflections is surprisingly difficult: at an angle, mirrors tend to create double reflections (the object reflects on the glass and on the reflective surface below, creating 2 overlapping reflections), and mirrors will reflect everything around them, including the studio and the photographer. It’s certainly feasible to take great reflection photos, but it’s not as easy as placing an object on a mirror.

  • Stella

    I call shennanigans – there is no way they were able to balance that container of popcorn on just one corner like that, unless they put some sort of weight on the botttom or used computer generated special effects. 

  • James

    Ummm…. your circle in the “if you can’t see the PSD” version is a bit off. The real goof is at where the bottom of the box meets the reflective surface. If the box is to be seen as sitting flat on the surface, the reflection would touch the box at all points around the base of the box. (Unless, of course, the box is somehow balancing “en pointe” on just the front corner like a ballet dancer.) Actually, the direction and orientation of the type (which you have circled) is correct and that is easier to ascertain if you view the image rotated 90 degrees.

    The washed out appearance of the reflection indicates they were trying to approximate the look of the subject on something like glossy white Formica. This is a front surface “mirror” so there would be no double image as there might be with a conventional glass mirror. Any “mirror” simply reflects whatever is behind it at an angle equal to the camera’s viewpoint (kind of like billiards.) In this case that would be a white background.

    Remarkably, they did a sort of OK job with the popcorn kernels reflex.

  • Gowssian Blerr

    I like the irony of a faux reflection on a highly reflective surface; more a designerD than a PSD.

  • http://gagglegnash.myopenid.com/ Gagglegnash

    Hmmm – very creept – ‘DELICIOUS’ only has two letters in it that would appear different if the word were upside-down:


    At least that part’s Ok.

    The bottom of the box defies the law of gravity, though, and seems to be have been taken at the moment that the box had been knocked over.  They should hire some less clumsy (and less lazy since they didn’t re-shoot the thing) photographers!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=619586555 Leif Beaver

    I had to do some reflections for some products at work. In the end I gave up like these people here did.
    At work I have to use Corel Draw Photo Paint , yuck, I know that Adobe is definetly better for photoshopping but does it still have the capabilities to do proper perspective reflections?

  • Heather

    Iceflow Studios has done a YouTube video on how to fix this Photoshop Disaster: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oknI2lQX0mI&feature=feedu