3 SIMPLE STEPS TO HOW TO PHOTOGRAPH A REFLECTIVE SMALL BOTTLE
February 11, 2020
If you have a product that is packaged in a reflective bottle and you would like to sell it online, you're probably facing some frustration and disappointment...
Well if that's the case, I'm hoping this article will help you achieve the look that you were looking for :)
The easiest way to get the crisp, high-quality look is when we chunk the process down into 3 steps.
Step #1 - Solving the reflection issue.
You probably have already noticed that the bottle reflects EVERYTHING!
So let's solve that problem first.
Make sure that you cover the surrounding of your bottle with either a white paper board or a parchment paper.
Cut the paper to a size that you can loosely wrap around the product without really touching the product.
This will ensure you are reflecting only what is around it.
One problem that this will NOT solve is the spot of the camera that will be visible on the bottle. (This can be solved in post-production)
(In the meantime, if you want me to show you the tools you need, the lighting setup and the actual photoshoot of this particular product check it out here.)
Step #2 - Getting the background white.
Once you solve the reflection issue, it's time to get the background white.
Yay! that's the exciting part, right? well at least to me lol
Ok, there are so many ways to get the background white, but in this article, I'm going to mention the 2 easiest and the simplest ways.
Option #1: Place one softbox light behind the product.
Notice: Make sure to keep some distance between the product and the softbox or else it will cause overexposure.
Option#2: Have a white paper or a white wall and place 2 softbox lights towards the wall or the paper. This will illuminate the background and you are almost ready to take your first shot.
Step #3 - Lighting up the product.
Ok so, with step#1 we solved the reflection issue.
With step#2 we solved the background issue.
Now with step#3 we still need to light up the product.
The way to illuminate the product is to have softboxes from the sides behind the scrim or the parchment paper that you wrapped around the product. Once you light up the product, start taking a couple of test shots.
Play around with your camera settings and you will get the result that you have in the photo above.
I hope this article was helpful.
Go ahead and follow the steps and I believe you should achieve the results you were hoping for.
If you need more help, I can help you in 2 ways:
I have created an actual digital course where I show you every step and every tool I used for this particular bottle of product photography.
If you want to save time and get right to the point of photographing a reflective similar bottle, then make sure to grab this right here.
If you want me to do your product photography for you, go ahead and click here to ask your questions or place your order.
Here are the suggested tools for this particular project:
Here is the Camera that I use. However, don't think that this is the only camera that works. Any DSLR will work but make sure it has the tethering option so you can connect your camera to your computer.
Tripod. Don't even try to go without it. Tripod will help you achieve a sharp and clear photo of your product.
The ones that I use for simple projects like this are these softbox lights. They are solid and do an awesome job.
LEE Scrim Roll will help you achieve a beautiful gradient on your products.
Using a Tethering Cable will help you connect your camera to your computer. The reason why you would want to do that is that you will be able to see the photo taken right from your computer and that will help you make changes without you wasting time with taking out the Simcard and so on.
However, you will need software to tether with and the simplest one from my experience is using Lightroom.
Finally, you will need a post-production software and you can never go wrong with Photoshop
Because you deserve to be happy :)
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About the author
Garinè has been running her product photography business successfully for the past 6 years.
She is a mom of 2 and loves to inspire others to do what they love and achieve things that they have always dreamt of.
However, she didn't choose to become a product photographer. The career chose her and now she can't go without it.
Here's her full story on how she was "forced" to struggle to find her purpose in life and how things changed for her years later. Hoping that her story will somehow inspire the reader. Check out her story here
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