Never one to shy away from a challenge, in this live show Karl photographs a bottle of Rémy Martin XO Cognac. This particular bottle, with its distinctive shape, is one of the most difficult to capture successfully – as Karl discovers when he begins the show with a quick survey of existing images of it.
Photographing a bottle like this requires a good understanding of angles of incidence and reflection. As he prepares to start shooting, Karl explains key things to keep in mind when shooting reflective surfaces like glass.
In this video, you’ll see how an experienced professional photographer approaches a shoot like this. You’ll pick up tips for using multiple modelling lights modified by a scrim, making and adapting your own ‘invisible’ reflector to add a pleasing warm glow to the liquid in the bottle, and using a simple DIY flag to reduce flare. Introducing a glass presents new lighting challenges requiring a new round of experimentation.
By the end of the show, you’ll have witnessed a masterclass in bottle and beverage photography. The final image, even before the necessary post-production, is stunning and – dare we say it – more striking than the official photos Karl surveys at the outset!
To learn more about capturing this kind of image, take a look at our other Bottle and Beverage Photography classes.
What you’ll learn:
- Bottle photography tips
- How to photograph bottles
- How to use a scrim in photography
- Lighting techniques for product photography
- Using reflectors in photography
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