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Product photography tutorial

I’m going to show I’m gonna show you exactly how I do this shot, step by step, all the components in the lighting. Stick with me to the end of the video and I’m going to give you a little bit more information about that photograph.

So what I’ve done here for this wine shot is just use the nice piece of walnut wood surface, a couple of old rustic ropes hanging in the background a piece of leather hanging in my background, another piece of rope from the table just to set the scene… to give the right tones and warmth and colours to the shot, but you’re right there are a lot of lights in this picture. If we start at the back, I’ll talk you through what we’ve got set-up. I’ve got this P-70 reflector with a medium honeycomb grid which is casting this glow of light that you can see here just grazing up there just to put a glow of light behind my bottle. “Additionally with an orange filter?” Yeah just got a little bit gel on it… just a slight warm up gel. a slight orange tint again just to create that mood and atmosphere. You’ll see l’ve got the same on this one. I’ve got a little Pico light with a Fresnel adaptor on the front with the yellow and that’s just to add a little light onto these ropes adding a warm color.

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These ropes will be very much out of focus because I’m going for a very shallow depth of field. F3.2 … and my 3rd background light, I’ve just got a projection attachment adding a little bit more light on the rope here. This could have been a fresnel with another honeycomb but I just happened to have one of those to hand so I’m using those two Pico lights and this P-70, that’s the background illumination.

If we move round to the main light which is this big softbox. We’ve got the 120 X 80 softbox, which is the main light on the bottle and the main light on the label. Then I’ve just put a little block of wood here, just to reflect some of that light off that white surface back onto the shadow side of the label. “It’s that small that it only hits the label without creating more highlights in the glass?” Exactly, because if it was a big tall reflector, I’d have another stripe of light down the bottle.

So this just restricts it to the label area. Then over the top, another P-70 with a very tight honeycomb grid and that’s creating just a little pool of light in this area so that gives a nice vignette running out here to keep that nice vignette running out here to keep that atmosphere to the shot. Then finally over here I’ve got a Siros light, that’s the great thing with broncolor, it’s all compatible with each other so I can mix and match, I’ve got Pico lights, Siros lights, Scoro lights, Uni lights… doesn’t really matter but you can see here I just put a red gel on this light – shining it through some diffusion material and this is just to add a little line of red light down the side of the bottle because what I find with red wine is I find with red wine is you never see the red because it’s really black! So this just hints that red into the bottle and into the glass and the glass of wine as well. So I think what we’ll do is I’ll start taking the picture from the back first from the background and then we’ll build it up one shot at a time…

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Light by light. So let’s switch off everything… except the P-70 that’s grazing the background and we take that first shot. This should just be the background. We can see there, nothing else visible only that background glow. So now I’ll add on one of the Pico lights which is the lights that’s illuminating the rope from the right-hand side. That’s just little bit of catch light on that rope. Next is to add the Siros light in which gives the red glow down the side of the bottle.

There we go that’s a nice the red catch light down the edge of the bottle. We now put on the softbox… OK – here’s something I don’t like with bottle shots and a softbox. They can work really nicely if you want a hard edged line. You see this very defined edge line here from the big softbox but I prefer it if we can soften that a little bit. So what I do is use I piece of scrim, tracing paper. I’ll bring this in front to the softbox. We’ll need to turn the softbox light up pull that back a little bit and we’ll We’ll need to turn the softbox light up a little bit and power to compensate for the reduction in strength from this scrim.

Now with the diffusion material We’ve got a lovely softening… It just takes that hard off the softbox. I wanted to create this vignette of light effect here, so I need to create a pool of light. What I’ve done is just with the P-70, with a very tight honeycomb grid is put that above the bottle to add a pool of light. We should finally finish the picture off. So just a subtle little extra detail on there. Fllicking between the two we see without and with See how much atmosphere it adds to the shot. It also adds a nice little catch light to the top of the bottle. Very happy with that as we managed to put it all together in a short space of time:-) Thanks for watching! Let’s take a look at the photograph again… just to reiterate a few points. You can see this glow of red light that I’ve got shining down the side of the bottle here… I used the red light just to add the impression of red wine. Bottles of red wine always come out solid black and by using the red light it just conveys that message of red wine.

If we also look you can see some of the red light is glinting in the glass and refracting through the glass which I find is a nice touch. One of the most important lights in this shot is actually the light that’s coming down from above the bottle creating this glow on the wooden table surface. It’s isolating the bottle from the background surface that it’s sitting on. It is also responsible casting those short shadows because that light is coming from above from slightly behind it’s also the light this catching the top of the bottle cap.

You can see the light down the side of the bottle – the main key light from the big softbox. You can see how the edges of that light are nicely feathered because I use the diffusion roll material in front of that light source. That’s what’s giving it that feathering rather than hard stripe which is what I prefer on my bottle shots. Then you can see the light on the background, the glow on the background and the independent lights with the colored gels on the ropes and the small props and it’s just worth pointing out one more time there isn’t many props here we’ve got the background material a couple of ropes and a wooden surface but it’s point adding those extra little props and thinking about your surface and your materials that really enhances the mood of the shot and sets the scene to help the product shot work.

I hope you enjoyed that short tutorial, thanks very much.

Published by Delores Jackson, on September 4th, 2019 at 12:10 am. Filled under: UncategorizedNo Comments

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