Wine Bottle Photography

In this product photography workshop, recorded LIVE, Karl shoots a bottle of red wine, sharing a host of useful techniques that you can apply to your own work.

He demonstrates two different lighting setups as he achieves a variety of shots, explaining the modifiers, background choices, lighting considerations and post-production requirements for each.

Follow Karl step by step as he reveals how to achieve the perfect photograph of a bottle of red wine.

In this class:

  • Product photography: How to photograph wine bottles
  • Product photography tips
  • Lighting modifiers for product photography
  • Rim lighting techniques
  • How to control reflections in bottles
  • Working with composite images
  • Correcting image distortion
  • Photographing using coloured gels

If you enjoy this class, be sure to check out Whisky Photography or browse our huge Product Photography section.

Questions? Please post them in the comments section below.

Please note that we no longer sell diffusion material directly, but Karl Taylor Education subscribers are eligible to receive a wide range of discounts from top equipment suppliers.


  1. Really loving the content! I currently own a westcott scrim jim 4’x4′ and I’m wondering if you know if it’s good enough to use or if the diffusion paper is better. I keep going back and forth on spending $70 to get a 1.5 stop diffusion for my scrim jim at $70 vs the roll of lee 216 at $170. Thanks Karl!

    1. Hi Allen, thanks for your comments and I’m glad you are enjoying the platform! I’ve not used the Westcott scrim but I’ve heard people say it works perfectly well. For me the LEE 216 has always been my first choice as I can make my own scrims in almost any size or use it on the roll. A roll is 7m long x 1.52m wide.

  2. Hello Karl, love the tutorials. Have learnt so much from you being a member of your platform!!

    Could I check please when getting LEE FILTERS 216, does it matter if it’s a 1″ core or 2″ core?

    Also, do we still get a member’s discount and where can we apply this?

    Thanks so much!

  3. hey karl , what if i make these scrims only and use it on mostly product shoots rather than using those softboxes , is this will good enough for most of the product shoots? or i have to include those softboxes also ? as i have seen you using mostly scrims with lights having reflectors .

    1. Hi Adarsh, there are many shoots where I only use the bare bulb studio light through a scrim but for a lot of bottle shots I do need a softbox especially the 30×120 shape is often used.

    1. Hi, it’s listed on LEE’s website and it is mostly used in the film industry so you might try some film supply companies or pro photography supplies in main city’s or ask LEE or see LEE’s dealers on their website.

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