The whole design process was based around reduced instruction set computing (RISC) and it worked out pretty well for a while. Well enough for me at least because I got to photograph a lot of the product they put out. This was well before digital.
The above device was glued down to a white plexiglas plane, rear lit with blue gels and then the areas we wanted to go black where masked off. I used some fiber optics piping to guide white light onto the chip surface from a halogen source. The shot was done in two exposures, one for the chip and the front light, the other for the background blue glow.
The device was rather small and we wanted a big transparency so I used an Apo-Symmar 210mm lens on the front of a Sinar 4x5 view camera. The camera was specially rigged with a Hassleblad 2001 FC body, prism finder and A12 back. This allowed me to take advantage of big bellows extensions for magnification, image placement and management using the camera movements, all the while being able to view the image directly in the finder. Every component was locked in place and we used the Shutter in the camera to control overall exposure.
We bracketed through one roll of 120 professional color transparency film, left everything set up until the film came back from the lab and then sent the selected frame out for a drum scan. The image was used everywhere the big three went. Including a 12 by 12 foot version for stage shows.
Might be a bit easier to shoot now but it really didn't seem like a big technical deal back them. Just had to make sure all the planes were planar and all movement was cancelled. Don't want any jiggle between your two exposures.
I found the above image in a drawer on a 5x7 inch piece of color print paper. They used to send them out by the hundreds during the first product launch. Nice to remember how we did stuff old school. I'm still pretty proficient with products. I don't like shooting them as much as shooting gorgeous models but, really, who would?
I'd link to a lot of the product I talk about above but.......but "that train has sailed." (quote: Austin Powers).
On a random note: I was so proud of the new Hasselblad system I bought and was using on an assignment at Motorola. One day I was monologuing about how cool and costly it was. He obviously was tired of my BS and wanted to get back to work. He said, "That's a really cool $5,000 camera. Now will you stop leaning against my million dollar electron scanning microscope?" Puts the toys in some sort of perspective.