Lighting is an essential part of beautiful video and still photography, and reflective items and surfaces like glossy counters can really rain on your parade. Everyday household objects like silverware or cabinet knobs often have a bright sheen that looks perfectly natural in person, but can dominate the screen and distract the eye when caught on camera. For our studio work, it's important to use matte counters and non-shiny props to avoid jagged, off-putting beams of light.
For this reason, the lighting setups in film clips and professional photos have to be carefully designed and controlled. Since natural light can be unpredictable, most of the lighting for shoots is brought in and designed on-site. Our set lights are extremely bright, even on their lowest settings. These strong beams of light reflect off of everything: faucets, sinks, glass panes, drawer pulls, cabinet handles — and especially countertops and surfaces.
Most commercial counters, particularly those made of stone, have a glossy, shiny finish which is perfect for the home, but is too reflective for the camera. Cosentino’s Silestone line of countertops are available in a suede texture, which provides a smooth, matte finish. This subtle glaze creates a soft glow rather than harsh, defined pools of light, and looks beautiful and natural through the camera's lens.
In addition to photographing well, our Silestone countertops are made of quartz composite, making them extremely durable and resistant to scratching. Because they’re non-porous, they repel stains and acid damage, too, so they look flawless on camera and will last for years of filming.
All of our studios feature Silestone counters, including Grey Amazon, a deep grey with charcoal marbling, and Lagoon, a sleek shade of white with subtle grey tones. Both colors are extremely versatile and can be easily styled for a wide variety of products and applications, making these countertops an essential component in our beautiful new kitchen studios.