I am a relatively newbie at high end product photography. The last couple of months I have been doing self-assignments, for the exercise, to learn to control the light and to build a nice portfolio for later use.
I am lucky to have an acquaintance who owns a high end perfume shop. He lets me borrow nice fragrance bottles to shoot for practice. For this Gucci bottle I was looking for sparkles because I thought it would fit the luxurious style of this expensive looking gold bottle with gemstones. Then I came up with the idea to use Christmas garlands as a backdrop, hitting it with a flash while it was out of focus.
Getting the garlands was not an easy task in June. I ended up borrowing them allover he place from friends, family and colleagues just to get enough of them to fill the frame.
To get the bottle completely in focus while the backdrop was out of focus I had to do a composite. I shot the bottle at f8 and the background shot was taken at f2.8. The gold bottle is highly reflective so I had to make sure to get some nice gradients on it.
I used a diffuser panel on the left with a stripbox behind it to get the gradient on the front of the bottle. Furthermore I ended up shooting another couple of shots, one of them with a white reflector (a sheet of styrofoam) in the background and another with a snooted flash to light the gemstones.
Afterwards I blended and merged all of these shots in Photoshop. After all the necessary cleaning up the shot was done. All in all it took me about 4 evenings to complete this shot.
– Canon 5D mark II
– Sigma 50mm ART
– 2x Elinchrom D-Lite in a 30x120cm Stripbox
– 2x DIY diffuser panel
– 2x Elinchrom Quadra lights, one with Elinchrom Snoot and one with bare
– a small black plexi table
– Many Christmas garlands
– the necessary light stands, tripod etc.