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Resources on bottle photography
« on: March 14, 2013, 05:21:54 PM »
Hi guys,

Does anyone have any good resources / links to information and tips on bottle image photography?

I am shooting wine bottles, and my current gear includes
- Light Tent
- 2 lamps
- Tripod
- Speedlite for fill

But help regarding better techniques would be great, as dealing with reflections and light bouncing off various parts of the bottle is tricky!
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« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2013, 02:47:04 AM »
Very helpful: "Light Science & Magic" by Focal Press. Bought it by amazon.
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« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2013, 05:57:13 AM »
Very helpful: "Light Science & Magic" by Focal Press. Bought it by amazon.

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This is the book to read on lighting :)

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« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2013, 06:54:42 AM »
Im doing my bottles on an Photo-Table with an white half transparent bottom and 2x 100Ws studio flashes, one from the right/back and one under the Table, works well.. The rest is some post process..

Here an example :
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For special refelctions i experimented with 2 or 3 narrow stripe mirrors... ;) (not this picture)

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« Reply #4 on: March 30, 2013, 08:28:45 AM »
Very helpful: "Light Science & Magic" by Focal Press. Bought it by amazon.

+1. That book is a requirement.
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« Reply #6 on: March 31, 2013, 10:50:25 PM »
Several people has already beat me to it but I'll add my huge endorsement for Light Science and Magic.  Great resource not just for glassware like crystal or bottles, but pretty much any kind of reflective surface.  Discussion on rendering metals is fabulous and I relied on it exclusively to figure out how to do a job for a local artist that wanted 30 or 40 framed and glass-covered art pieces photographed.

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« Reply #7 on: April 01, 2013, 01:11:19 AM »
Hi guys,

Does anyone have any good resources / links to information and tips on bottle image photography?

I am shooting wine bottles, and my current gear includes
- Light Tent
- 2 lamps
- Tripod
- Speedlite for fill


Several here have recommended the following book:

http://www.amazon.com/Light-Science-Magic-Introduction-Photographic/dp/0240812255/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1364792450&sr=1-1&keywords=light+science+and+magic

As they have said -- this is the first place to start on the science of lighting.  Additionaly, Syl Arena's book:

http://www.amazon.com/Lighting-Digital-Photography-Snapshots-Portrait/dp/0321832752/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1364792551&sr=1-1&keywords=syl+arena

Has an entire section dedicated to your exact problem -- lighting a wine bottle (or a whole collection of them).  It sounds like you have the right gear.  You want to light what the bottle can see with the equivalent of a strip light on the sides of the bottle to define its shape.  The light tent should do this perfectly.
Post your bottle shot when you get it, it will be cool to see what you come up with.

Be sure to clean the darn thing first and make sure that there are no other extraneous light sources that the bottle can "see".  You want to define the sides and the shape of the bottle with strips of light (which will be the reflection of the sides of your light tent in the glass).  It won't look good if the reflection of the kitchen window is there.  This is best done in a darkened room so that the sides of your light tent are the only thing your bottle can "see".

No fair emptying the bottle until after you have a proper image :-).
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« Reply #7 on: April 01, 2013, 01:11:19 AM »