The challenge in making photographic images of my work is simply that the shimmering depth and iridescence of the mica powders I use just don't come through in a photograph. As tempting as it is to use one of the many filters available to try and capture that essence, I don't want anyone to be disappointed when they hold the actual object in their hands, so I have tried to minimize any post processing or enhancements. I try and correct only for exposure and any 'off' color casts.
I use the Google Photoscan app which was originally designed to take pictures of snapshots...you know, like the printed on paper kind. If I line the scales up properly on a white background, it takes 4 flash photos - one from each corner of the photo - then automatically deletes the white (thinking it is the photo border) and processes the glare from the flash out. It gives the best representation I have found of what the face of the scales actually look like.
To simulate a finished appearance, any saw marks are sanded out and then they are wiped with coconut oil to bring out the luster.
The '3D' photographs with the gray gradient backgrounds were taken in natural light and then post processed to remove the background, correct exposure and add shadows.
Later photos (after about 2/14/2019) were photographed in a light box with a proper seamless backdrop and post processing includes only correcting exposure and cropping.
Photographs of finished and sold knives are a combination of pictures I took and photos others shared with me. They may have been 'enhanced' by some sort of post processing but since they are not for sale I feel no qualms about 'false advertising'