The basis of the set is an old fish tank that I use for a lot of my water related images. The tank was placed on a workmate on top of a white sheet of paper. The tank was filled so that the water was about 2” above the top of the perfume bottle.
A sheet of Translum was placed about 2 feet behind the tank and a single speedlig ht (YN560) was placed on the floor in between the tank and the background. This light was fitted with a Rogue 25deg grid with Rust coloured gel.
The camera was setup on a tripod about 1 foot in front of the tank with a Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G lens, focused and test shots taken adjusting flash power to produce an orange spot on the background with a radial gradient (1/4 power).
Camera setting were: 1/250, f/5.6, ISO250.
With just backlighting, the clear glass marbles looked just as I wanted, but obviously additional lighting was required to light the product.
The logo on the side of the bottle needed to be visible and I also wanted to see as much of the orange background through the glass front of the bottle, so the angle of the bottle was adjusted.
To create a bright reflection with a gradient on the shiny left side of the bottle a diffuser was placed along the left side of the tank and a speedlight with 90x20cm softbox placed behind the diffuser angled towards the camera.
However, as the bottle is only 1” deep it was not possible to create a gradient, so the softbox was removed and a bare speedlight, zoomed to 105mm used to create a smaller spot of light on the diffuser which created the gradient I was looking for.
All that was left was to add another light on the right of the bottle to create a gradient on the reflective surface on the bottle top and add some highlights onto the facets of the glass front of the bottle.
This was achieved using a 90x20cm speedlight soft box angled towards the camera.
This completed building the lighting setup.