Thing 1: I like the problem solving aspect of product photography.
I only had one Pixel C to work with. To get a realistic interaction between the two (shadows on the back one, reflections on the front) I cut and floated a grey card out there as a stand in for the opposite tablet for each shot. (By “floated” I mean taped to a piece of armature wire and boomed in from the side (by “boomed” I mean attached to a horizontally levered c-stand arm (by side I mean…)))
Shadows on a textured aluminum surface have sparkle to them, so if you just dropped a fake one on there in post it would look flat and wrong. And sales would plummet.
Thing 2: I like capturing all the right parts the first time around.
Thanks for reading this, mom.