Wonderful Whisky Shot With Just 3 Lights
Want to shoot bottles like a pro? This condensed edit of one of our most popular live photoshoots gives you a 10-minute masterclass in product photography.
Setting the stage
To stage the shot, Karl creates a luxurious-looking surface using a coffee table top and a piece of slatted wood. Simple, affordable and effective!
Likewise, the background is merely a piece of hardboard, painted by hand and positioned using stands and clamps.
For maximum three-dimensionality, Karl positions his camera lightly off to the side of the bottle. Then it’s time to start lighting the shot.
Setting the bottle on the DIY worktop, with the painted background in place
Light one: softbox with scrim
The magic of gold card
The next trick is taking a piece of gold reflective card, sticking it to a piece of foam board to make it sturdy, then cutting it down to size. Specifically, it must be cut down in way that makes it invisible, but which maximises the gold glow refracting and emanating back through the whisky.
‘That’s it!” Karl says excitedly. ‘There’s the magic!’
Light two: P70 with diffusion material
A touch of glass
Light three: studio lamp with grid
The third and final light shines down from above to further illuminate and isolate the product. It’s a simple studio lamp, modified with a tight grid.
Karl asks Ash to flag (i.e. block) the excess light spilling into areas of the frame. This improves the contrast and helps draw the viewer’s eye straight to the product.
And that’s it. A stunning product shot captured with minimal equipment and minimal effort – just a large shot of expertise with a chaser of creativity.
We’ll drink to that!