Wow, this is an old thread - actually, I think it’s the first one I ever posted! I only stumbled upon it again by accident … does the forum not send out email notification for threads after a certain time? Anyway, since it’s been resurrected, I’ll post an update and reply to everyone.
br_anwithay: I can share the material, but let me know if you still need it. I can’t be sure of the original file/settings, even for the more recent versions, since it was made a while ago. The best looking versions take a long time to render, between the glossy refraction & SSS, and still don’t look perfect.
jrboddie1: CGI was used because, at the time, we didn’t have any decent cameras, lights, etc. That’s changed recently, so we’ll be switching to photos for the sake of speed.
The Gunslinger: So true … but I’ll try to make this near-dead thread relevant by posting an updated image.
GE-FORCE: Thanks! Yeah, good lighting is always the hardest part. Thanks for the tip, but that method is normally used to simulate a single lamp, flash-type of setup … whereas I wanted a softer multiple lamp, studio-type of look.
Anyway, I’ve attached a more recent version of the shot. Also, our company website features other product shots, all of which were created/rendered in Blender … though some of them are are a bit old, and what I would consider low quality (and most of which will eventually be replaced with photos).