Kenzo Flowers Product Shoot
The lighting setup was very similar to the one used in my maple syrup shoot, except this time I only used one speedlight in a softbox to camera right.
"Lighting to camera left was too harsh from my second speedlight, so I turned it off and used its front baffle as a reflector…"
Lighting to camera left was too harsh from my second speedlight, so I turned it off and used its front (white) baffle as a reflector. Otherwise, I just got a total wash-out of light in the cap of the bottle.
As before, a white backdrop was placed a few feet behind the perfume bottle and was illuminated with a 160 LED video light, to produce the circular fall-off that draws attention to the product.
I initially gelled this with a full-CTO gel block to give a contrast to the clean, bright lines of the bottle. it was clear after a few shots that this didn’t fit the look of the product, so I replaced the CTO with a clear diffuser. I’ve included both types of backlighting in my mini-gallery below, but I think you’ll probably agree that the white diffusion just looks cleaner and generally more suited to the qualities of the perfume bottle itself.
I did experiment with various glows through the liquid that required later treatment in Photoshop CC to make composite images to clip the excess card and remove any other artefacts (like my hand!) that appeared in the overlay layer.
I used gold, silver and mirrored card to produce the various glows in the perfume, holding the card at about 45 degrees to the softbox. Whilst making the composite images, I also found that I preferred not to unmask the reflection in the black Perspex base, as it drew more attention to the product.
My setup is summarised in this lighting diagram:
Once again, though, because of the attention that could be given to the setup itself, these images are (aside from the compositing, and a little cosmetic touching-up) essentially straight out of camera.
All my various experimentation is included in the mini-gallery below. From a personal point of view, I probably liked the gold glow the least – it represented too far a departure from reality for my liking, or possibly just too great a contrast with the backing.
For my money, the silver and mirrored cards seemed to work better, and gave me a more believable final image, Certainly, these seem to draw attention more (especially when the base reflection, as mentioned above, was left masked).
My only regret here is that the white Perspex base I’d bought to experiment with was not big enough to take good product images with without resorting to extensive Photoshop work. A shame, as I felt those shots I did try with this setup suited the product even more… perhaps next time.
As ever, feel free to comment…
All the best,
Chasing Rays Photography.