HOW to avoid the 3 WORST mistakes in PRODUCT PHOTOGRAPHY. (Part 2) Tips and Tricks


– Hi guys, Alex Koloskov here, and in this video we’re going to continue shooting this bottle. I’m going to finish it. On the previous one, if you didn’t see it, here is the link. Uh, we discussed how to start shooting, what’s the most common mistakes not experienced photographers made when shooting beverage like this. I showed you why you need to, not to do like this, but like that and there is a specific reason for this. Right? So it’s all on the previous video. On this video, we’re going to continue and finish the bottle. Stay with me for next five minutes. Before we start adding light, and looks like we need some more light, definitely need something
for the label, right? And uh for the other side. I’ll tell you something. There are many bottles with a neck, like a wine bottle, when, when you shoot it like this,
with straight diffuser, there is a gap. You can see on the reflection, there is gap between the
gradient on the neck. You see it? This part–this part of the
bottle doesn’t have reflection. In many cases it’s okay like this, it’s not a problem, it’s not a mistake. But if you want to fix it, if you want to have nice
reflection all the way. How to do it? The law of reflection will help you. Everything in product photography is about understanding what reflects what. This part of the bottle, what it reflects, why
there is no diffuser. Well, at given angle, I can
tell you because I know. It reflects something that is on top. Yes, it reflects area that
higher than the diffuser. How to fix it? To cover it by doing,
for example, like this. Okay? Yes it can get into the
frame but it’s not a problem since we cropping it. And we can just adjust the light. So, it look like this. We can easily fix that issue, all right? You just bend, I mean tilt,
the diffuser and it’s there. Okay so, let’s say this is
one more secret for you. Let’s continue, what else we can do? We need a light from other side. You understand, it’s not
gonna be an umbrella. It’s not going to be a spotlight because spotlight, let me
show you another mistake photographer’s sometimes,
after shooting people, they use same light modifiers for the product photography
for the glossy subjects but it doesn’t work. For example, I have this light. Is the funnel lens, okay? This is the funnel lens. Uh, we can turn it on and we can try to highlight the bottle. It’s basically the same
thing as the honeycomb grid but a little bit better in terms of how you can
manipulate with the size of it. So anyway, when we shoot,
you see what is going on. We have spotlight, and
there is a reflection from that spotlight. Actually two of them, one on the neck. You see that brown spot? And another one is here
on top of the label. A label is not glossy. This is why we have a
reflection from the light through whole label, through whole sight. But something as glossy as the glass will give you just a spotlight. So it’s not going to work. What you need to have, no. You don’t need to have a diffuser there, we already have it. What’s the reason? You can use that sharp edge light, we are soft box. Through soft box. In this case, as I told you, in product photography
it’s a strip box, okay? So instead of this light, we need a move all, we’re going to use this light. So you see through live
view of the camera, right? And here is the reflection. Here is the reflection that it creates. It can be anywhere you want, however, the good thing when you have a reflection on the edge, and it will be sharp cut
of line in the reflection. Somewhere like this. It may be a tad too bright. Let me check. Yes, it’s definitely too much. But the idea is the same. You need to have a nice
edge light on other side and it’s fine not to use a diffuser. Because we’re already creating
the shape of the light through gradient, gradient is the kin for product photographer. We creating uh, the
gradient on other side. Right? So, what needs to be fixed? We need to fix the position of the light to be tiny on the edge. You see what is going on right? I rotated there, it
become really tiny because again, the lower reflection. Uh, it gets really really
nice and tiny like this. Yup. Okay, here we go. Looks good. Now the last piece, the label. Okay we need to highlight a label. And uh, highlighting the label, there is a different approach because the label is not as
glossy as the glass, okay? It’s not glossy, it’s a
relatively matte surface. Which means? Tell me. Yes, we can use a spotlight. This is again, one of the
most common mistakes that students of uh, the complete
guide to product photography certification program made. Uh, because I review
all their submissions. Homework uh, everyday. Basically everyday. Uh, they mixed this things. Spotlight is only good for matte surface. Okay? And soft light is good for glossy surface. But soft light with sharp cut off light. Don’t mix it and you’ll be good, okay? So let’s try to add this
light that we have handy here for the label, okay? And if you shoot it like this, we see the reflection, right? From the light. Inevitable reflection. How would we fix it? Any ideas? Simple way, I’ll show you. The law of reflection. We can move it lower. Lower than the table actually. The way that it’s not going
to be effecting the area that can be seen on the glossy surface. Basically I see that
reflection from this light on the bottle but camera is not seeing
it because adjusted spot ends from a different angle. Uh, and if it’s seeing it, we need to just move it
the way it’s not seen. Yeah, it’s not there. As you can see, because we move it lower. This case we see it, oop! We hide it under the table, okay? And we just highlight our label. Let’s see what is going on. The label is super bright. It’s overexposed, not good. But still, the label, this
label, this particular one is relatively glossy. It’s sort of like semi-glossy. Meaning that we need to do something. Because of the particular label,
uh to finish the material. We need to still put a diffuser, okay? Between the light and the label. Because it’s too glossy, you can see even when
we lowered the light, uh, let’s lower the power. Like two f stop down. Let’s lower it. You see, it’s still too much. Because, two f stops down, the same overexposure is happening. It’s too glossy and soft. So uh, we need to use a diffuser. This time I can use do
it yourself diffuser. Okay? That simple diffuser that I showed you on the first media made out of foam cork board. Okay? And I can just hold it
like this and shoot. Better? Not really better, right? This is a tricky subject. This is a tricky label. We need to do something. What we can do? Soften the light even more, okay? Soften the light even more. So instead of heating the label directly, I move the right and actually, I can make it larger since there is a diffuser we just bought, there is no reason to use
spotlight behind the diffuser for such subject. For the jewelry we can do this, but this is a little bit
more advanced technique. Uh, it’s not jewelry yet so
let’s put it like this, okay? Uh, we move the diffuser as
close as possible to the camera. Okay? I can hold by my hand just for now. And here we go, okay? It’s getting better, right? It looks better. Maybe a little bit too much. I can lower, uh, the brightness. But, look at what is
going on on the bottle. Look at this. What is that? On top of the label on this side. We see the diffuser. And it doesn’t look good. It’s not sexy. I’m going to show you how to make sexy product photography. Which means that it will be
nice, and you know, clean. Out of the camera. You don’t need to do any
Photoshop job except well, some dust cleaning and uh
here and there a little bit. So what do you do? What do you do to fix this? Look at it. Look at the reflection and
you just move it lower, lower, lower, lower, lower. Here we go. What about this? We move the diffuser as
low as needed to be hidden. Actually, it’s still a little bit visible. But basically we hiding it under the– well in my hand of course. Uh, not really a good thing to do. I mean, to have. But let’s hide it under the um, the label. I need to actually lower this light. Okay, light is lowered. The diffuser will be low as well, okay? And check it out. There is a reason for black. Because I don’t want any white reflection. Okay? So I’m moving it as low to be hidden. And getting closer. As much as I need– Actually this way is a little better. Okay. A little bit more adjustments. And here we go! So let’s examine this shot. What do we have here? We have a label, and actually
it’s highlighted the label the way that we see it is glossy. Semi-glossy sort of. It’s a good way to
highlight it, like this. We have a beautiful shaped bottle. Shaped by the gradient that
we created on one side. And we see sharp cut off line and we see sharp edge around the bottle. It gives us the glossy– the feel of glossiness of the subject. And uh, very last piece
if you want to be fancy. What? We add in background light, okay? Background light, spotlight. So the last piece of our tutorial is the spotlight that I have added behind. It’s at the bottom, it hits slightly up high, so it creates an oval instead of circle. Slight oval, right? Elliptical uh, reflection. And here we go. Plus, the final shot
now would be, is this. Okay. Okay, this is how we shoot beverages. This lighting set up is the
most generic I would say for any bottles. Or well, anything that made from glass and cylindrical shape. You know, the beverages,
even some perfumes. It works like a charm all the way. Of course there are
more advanced techniques and uh, with this particular bottle, uh, with this nice um. Well futuristic bottle have, we can do more advanced stuff. If you want to learn
deeper, I invite you to join our Photigy program. Either the Complete Guide
to Product Photography or you can join any
membership that we made for professional photographers. And deep really dive. However, already doing it like this, you can work for clients. You can shoot, um,
completely professionally just utilizing this lighting set up. When you have a bottle
like this, for example. It’s not going to work. Let me show you why. So we do have light,
we do have everything. It’s gonna look okay, right? However, look at the bottom. Look at the bottom of
the tail of the bottle. Look at this. The reflection from table. It doesn’t look good. Yes we can fix it in Photoshop but there is a way to shoot
it straight out of the camera, with beautiful reflection all of the way. And in the next video,
I am going to show it how to do bottles like this. Okay? Click on the link and let’s learn it. Don’t forget to subscribe
to Photigy channel so you see the next tutorial
that we going to release soon. Okay? Let’s jump to the video. (clicking transition) And today we’re going to
shoot this beautiful Grand– Grand Marnier, Marnier? Mari– Oh, man, so good. To drink. Um, so what are we gonna shoot today?

16 Replies to “HOW to avoid the 3 WORST mistakes in PRODUCT PHOTOGRAPHY. (Part 2) Tips and Tricks”

  1. Alex, my online teacher
    Again and again you are doing the basics perfect, as you say it's science, particularly law of reflection.
    Do upload the videos like these interesting.
    Thank you master.

  2. I like these tutorials but I have my own tip. Even the diffuser material you use here is rather expensive. I buy white, plastic shower curtain liners. I buy them at the dollar store for $3.50 each. You can simply hang them from a boom arm and you can double them or triple them depending on how much diffusion you need. They work great.

  3. Usefull as always Alex, thank you! Seems that there could be a little more effort with the label, i'm missing the letters to pop up just a little bit.

  4. Спасибо Вам Алексей, за то что делитесь мудростью, хотя и менее щедро, чем ранее. ) В Москве Вас помнят и вспоминают добрым словом, многими добрыми словами.

  5. I would like to give a huge shoutout to your channel.Very informative to someone who is new to product photography.Keep up the good work.

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