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
- Speedlite for fill
Several here have recommended the following book:
As they have said -- this is the first place to start on the science of lighting. Additionaly, Syl Arena's book:
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 :-).