Product Photography Lighting A Gin Bottle

Back in the studio today shooting this bottle of Tanqueray Gin, which just happens to be my favourite.

I thought I would show you some of the behind the scenes shots to give you a visual explanation of how I put this and many other shots together. As with all of my product shots I will build up the set bit by bit, shooting test shots as I go.

This is the first shot out of camera, the aim is to get the first light set up. In this case the light on the background. I use the black foam board either side to create definition and the black edge to the bottle.

I didn’t want a plain white background on this shot, I wanted something a little more dynamic, so to create the green I just added green tissue paper over the strobe on the background. (Don’t do this on continuous lights as you could start a fire, and also turn off the modelling lamp on the strobe) As you can see the image is a lot darker so I will have to make the correct adjustments to compensate. Such as turn the power of the lights up or adjust the cameras F-stop.

In this shot I have made some adjustments and starting to get what I am aiming for in the final shot. I made my adjustments, but it’s not there yet. I have two lights set up now, the back light and a strip box above the bottle pointing down. This will help me light the label, but its all still to dark.

As I said, in the shot above it was still to dark. I wanted the glass and label to be brighter and stand out. To do this I added a third light fitted with a snoot to narrow the beam and make it more controllable. I used this to add light to the glass, but to make the label brighter I adjusted the position of the strip box above the bottle. As you can see in this shot the glass is well lit but spill from the light has left a harsh light on the label.

To counteract the harsh light spill, I used a small scrim to soften the light. You can see this was very effective. I also added a large scrim to the strip box to soften the light from above. I now had all my lights in place, time to build up the set further to complete the final shot. If you look at the bottom of the bottle it has London Dry Gin as part of the label. It gets lost in the image as the light bouncing back through the bottle. To fix this I add a small piece of silver card behind the bottle at an angle. This stops the light on the background being to bright and bleaching out the wording. You can see below this set up and the whole lighting set.

I added extra ice cubes to balance up the shot and used pieces of silver paper to help reflect the light where I wanted it. Its all about building up the little details, getting it done in camera to save time in post.

Just to finish off the shot I added liquid and lemon to the glass. This was to simulate a G&T but intact it was just chilled tonic water. I also added water to the ice cubes to give the effect of melting ice, as these aren’t real ice cubes they will take a long time to melt. I now have my shot and every thing is in camera its now time to take into photoshop and retouch the final image.

The final retouch image ready to send over to the client. If you have any questions about this post, or want to talk about my photography service call 01908 631037 0r email You can see more of my portfolio at

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Pack Shot Product Photography Set Up

Been back in the studio this afternoon, so I thought I would share a little before and after of a drill I have photographed for a pack shot image.

This will give you an idea how I put my product shots together. If you look closely at out of camera shot you will see the drill is not new and in fact used, with scuffs all over the end of the chuck. There are three images the set-up, out of camera with no adjustment and the final retouched image.

I used 4 lights for the set-up 2 angled from the side, 1 on the backdrop and a strip box from above to add extra highlights.

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Final Retouched Image


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Your First Impression Counts

  • Q. Have you ever thought or considered how important a professional headshot is in today’s world of business and why you need one?

A. Your profile image on any website or social media site is the first thing people will see. This is how you will be judged; this will be the difference between winning and loosing new business.

  • Q. Why does having a professional headshot make a difference?

A. Social media sites are normally lead with a profile image. If you do not add a profile image people will think your profile is unfinished and not bother looking. If you have a profile image that looks unprofessional you will be thought of that way. If you use a company logo you become faceless and unapproachable. First impressions count and as humans we are designed to connect to each other via expression. So having a professional headshot projecting genuine expression gives a look of confidence and approachability, and the viewer will connect with straight away.  

  • Q. What does this mean for you?

A. On Social media sites such as LinkedIn with a professional headshot, your profile is 11 times more likely to be viewed. So that’s 11 more times likely that someone may click the link to your company’s website. That’s just on your profile. Lets put that statistic another way; you are the CEO of a company that employs 100 staff. They all have a LinkedIn profile with consistent professional headshots.  That’s means potentially that’s 1100 clicks on your company’s website.

  • Q. What can DW Images Photography do for you?

A. DW Images Photography offers professional headshot photography that will open doors for you. Offering a unique style, crisp clean and modern look, that stands out from the crowd. My headshot photography is all about genuine expression and creating the best look for you, making sure your first impression counts.

Why would you use images like these and expect others to take you seriously?

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The Power Of LinkedIn

Had Mark come to the studio this morning, he owns Corporate Drama and he wanted to update his head shots. Spent a couple of hrs with him in the studio this morning and he went away with some awesome shots.

These shots prove the power of using LinkedIn to network, I was making connections last week and Mark was one of them. My timing was perfect as he was looking to have new head shots. He checked out my profile and website that day and booked his session.

Picking and choosing the right people to connect with will pay dividends and don’t bombard people with loads of messages telling them what you do. Be polite send a thank you for the connection and explain your services, tell them that you’re their if they need you. Send updates every so often just as a reminder but don’t be pushy. Its all about networking! Upset a connection and you have lost all of those potential recommendations.

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Why The Duck Would You Do That

We have all been on websites where the images of the product they are selling just suck. If you are anything like me, you will avoid these sites like the plague when parting with your hard earned cash.

We all judge on first impressions, and an unprofessional looking website will be loosing you hundreds of customers by simply not investing in professional photography. The penny pinchers out there will say “I know I will use my phone.” It’s not a case of saving money, with professional photography you are investing in your brand and staying a step ahead of your competitors to attract customers to your product.

Here at DW Images Photography I invest a lot of time giving my clients professional images that they are proud to use on there websites. The Images below are what I have put together to prove the point, the first one is just shot on my mobile phone under electric light and the second is shot in a professional studio set up.

If you are looking to add or update your images on your website, come and talk to myself at DW Images Photography. I can offer great rates and quick turn around on your website photography.
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It’s Comming To The End

As many of you know I am an HND Photography student at MK College. It’s sad to think that it’s all about to end in a couple of weeks, this 2 years has been the best ever, it’s been a sublime experience (That’s for you Matt). I have been a hobby photographer for over 20 years, and 5yrs ago started DW Images Photography part time, it’s now my full time job and I couldn’t be happier. I know many pro photographers out there are self taught and have made great livings for themselves. But doing the HND was a personal thing to me because it covered a lot more than just photography. 
This past 2 years I have made so many new friends and I will miss everyone so much when we finish. It was very strange at first being in my mid forties and going back to school, I hadn’t been in the education system since 1987. I was made very welcome by everyone and soon I felt 18 again. I would recommend it to everyone who’s thinking about applying to go to college this September what ever your age, it’s the best thing I have ever done.
It’s given me great opportunities including teaching workshops and speaking to groups of other students. I have worked with some great people, and my confidence has gone through the roof.
Not only has my photography gone from strength to strength, my contextual skills have improved so much. Two years ago I couldn’t write a shopping list! I would like to thank everyone at Milton Keynes College for the best 2yrs ever, and look forward to keeping close connections with everyone. I hope to still go back and continue to teach workshops and help the other students.
If you are thinking about applying to go to college and your not sure. Come down to Middleton Hall, Centre MK 10th – 14th June and speak to the students and find out more. 
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