Glassware and liquids are some of my favourite products to photograph.
They require quite technical applications of light and photographic technique.
This wine bottle and glass were shot using a bright field technique to illuminate and give shape and form to the glass itself. I added a orange gel to a reflector and 12 degree grid for the background to give the shot its colour and form the graduated spot of light on the background.
To light the label simultaneously was a bigger challenge.
I used a snoot on the foreground light to give me a spot of light just on the label. When photographing glass one has to be constantly aware of specular highlights on the glass, these are the enemy of bright field images! It is extremely difficult to avoid all specular highlights but the careful use of a gobo or 2 can help to mask off just the area you would like to receive the light.
I used 2 gobos to mask off the label on the front of the bottle and keep any light from appearing on the glass.
The first image is straight out of the camera, note the odd specular highlight in the neck of the bottle and rim of the glass.
The second image is the ‘retouched’ version with the highlights removed and the tone curve slightly tweaked.
This type of photographic technique is great for most glass objects including drinks, vases and glass art pieces and of course crystal.