This shot was the supposed to be my first product shot, inspired by a photograph in the Book ‘Masterclass: Professional Studio Photography’ by Dennis Savini.
I chose it whilst I waited for my studio lights and stands to be delivered as it seemed a relatively simple shot with a single light source and I just happened to have a bottle of whiskey lying around. However as it turned out I had to wait for the plastic ‘ice’ cubes to arrive so had a chance to do some other shots beforehand.
I used an old dark wood table for the base and bought some laminate wood flooring for the background. I wanted the whiskey to seem like it was perhaps in a traditional Scottish bar or castle type of feel, slightly warming.
I initially followed the lighting setup in the book by using a single 1000w Bowens Gemini light camera left, through a home made diffuser using Tetanal Savage Trans-Lum sheet on a frame made from plastic pipe.
I placed a small mirror behind the bottle and a small white card behind the glass to try and get some glow in the liquid.
White cards were placed to camera right at various angles to even the light on the label and another hand held card (not in bts shot) was used to remove a nasty reflection in the base of the glass and I used another card to get some light on the rim of the glass.
This shot actually took me several days and many attempts to get right so was not the ‘easy’ shot I thought it was. Not for me anyway.
Some PP work was required to lighten the gold lettering and also the rim of the glass.
I had some critique that it was too dark and I brightened it a bit, though the image was supposed to be kind of dark anyway as you would perhaps drink whiskey in an old Scottish Hotel or lodge on a winters night.
Not sure if I achieved this but that was my plan.