I often do not know exactly what I’m rendering. I just try to make things look good.
Unfortunately, our products will never look like this on our web site. Our “real” real product shots are required to have a pure white background and a reflective white foreground à la outdated Apple ads, but this is almost impossible to achieve with a pure white product box, which is what drove me to rendering our packaging in the first place. Cinema4D gives me much more control than a camera in these difficult situations.
This image illustrates something else which is impossible to achieve photographically – infinite depth of focus.