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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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.
01908 631037 / 07733 260132

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Photography Is Undervalued

photography-logo4-singleTo the people out there that always want something for nothing, you wouldn’t expect not to pay the going rate for a plumber to fix your burst pipe. So why do you always expect your photography for free.

Owning an expensive set of spanners doesn’t make you a great plumber. That’s the  same as owning the most expensive camera doesn’t make you a great photographer. They are only tools to do the job.. When you book a photographer you’re not paying for his camera, you’re paying him for his skill, knowledge and my qualifications to supply  you with the best phtographic work I can.

Yes maybe you will choose your photographer on price, the same as you would choose your plumber. But CHEAPEST is not always the best and good value for money, especially when you have hire a second person to fix it second time round.

Let’s look at this another way, I you’re are getting married you would expect to pay an average of £1500 to your wedding photographer to be there for eight hours. You wouldn’t normally think twice about that. So just because I maybe at your office photographing your staff portraits, or at my studio shooting pack shots of your product to go on your website. Why is that any less deserving of being rewarded at a decent rate. Like that wedding photographer and that plumber who fixed your leak, I have years of experience and training to do what I do and I deserved to be paid the going rate. Photographers have to earn a living, feed their family’s and pay school fees etc.

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It’s All About Attitude

A headshot is all about attitude; a great headshot gives you confidence and approachability. It’s my job as a photographer to get this out of you, as a client you don’t need to be bothered with all the technical side of the shoot, because that’s my job. When a client walks in front of my camera I need to be ready to build a report with them and build a confident client photographer relationship. Peter Hurley, one of the finest headshot photographers in the world always says he is 10% photographer 90% therapist.

Headshot Crew David Wellbelove, Protege Headshot Photographer in Milton KeynesAs a prodige photographer of Peter Hurley, and a member of his Headshot Crew, it’s important to me that I approach my photography in the same way. I’m not just a headshot photographer I’m a portrait photographer. Yes I photograph corporate and social media headshots for my clients, but there is so much more to it than that. I love the one to one interaction between the client and myself. Getting to know the person as I photograph them breaks down barriers. This shapes the confidence of the person in front of the camera and helps to produce the best out of them. A big part of the way I shoot is conversation trying to build a common thread. In my posts I talk a lot about the importance of a great headshot and what it can do for your online presence. That’s what I do, I’m a full time photographer and I’m passionate about what I do and what I can do for my clients. I’m always looking to up their game online and with social media.

But as I said when you break it down I am a portrait photographer and your headshot is a portrait of you. The idea of a portrait is not just to record a visual image of you as a person; it’s not your passport photo. That’s a whole different subject. When you look at a persons portrait you want that image to make you think, it needs to project feelings and emotion back to the viewer.

My photography has a clean, crisp and modern look, that’s my thing! But many other photographers have their own unique style. I want to introduce you to a photographer called Victoria Will. Victoria is a commercial and portrait photographer from New York, but she has a very unique style, this year at the Sundance Film Festival she photographed celebrities. The style she used to photograph her subjects was to use a large format camera using a style of photography called Tintype. This is a very old style of photography where images are produced on single film plate. Normally know as wet plate, In the wet process, a Collodion emulsion containing suspended silver halide crystals had to be formed on the plate just before it was exposed in the camera while still wet. Chemical treatment then reduced the crystals to microscopic particles of metallic silver in proportion to the intensity and duration of their exposure to light, resulting in a visible image. She is effectively photographing headshot’s, not in the commercial sense. But she is trying to capture the essence of the person sitting in front of her camera.

This link will take you to Victoria explaining how she approached the project, Victoria Will 2015 Sundance Film Festival


Portraiture has been used for hundreds of years as a means of showing the importance and capturing the raw emotion of a person. A Portrait was always a status symbol of the wealthy, but today we use what was then essentially a corporate headshot very differently. Of course today we don’t use paint we use photography, and instead of boasting our wealth a Headshot is to promote our personal brand and our company’s brand.

I want to reiterate, portrait photography is all about capturing the person and all the emotion that surrounds them. This inspires me to do what I do, and headshot photography is portrait photography. As I said previously to do this I need to create an emotional link to my subjects, whether it’s the CEO of a large company needing corporate headshots or just someone who wants a new headshot to go on there CV. Every client I photograph is very different and to get the best images the time we spend together is a journey of discovery.

I want my work to connect the viewer to the people I photograph and ask questions about them, create an interest. With my style of headshot I can create a cool looking portrait that will make people stop, take note visit your website. This will open up the opportunity to connect with others who may employ your services. I want to help create new relationships for my clients and introduce them to new customers and new employers. I said earlier a headshot is not your passport photo, its not just to let people know what you look like. Your headshot is your portrait and it needs to connect with people on a different level.

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Make Your Online Profile Work

D.W Images Photography Changing the face of personal branding one headshot at a time

Hi, I hope you all had a good Easter and you are all feeling refreshed after your time away from the office. I would like to give you some updates on DW Images Photography. I have been very busy over the holiday with clients wanting to update their Headshot images for Social Media platforms. The images below are just four of the fantastic clients I had the privilege to photograph over Easter.

As you know I’m a massive advocate for corporate and self-branding across social media and the Internet, and I can’t stress how important it is to have a professional look online. We are all looking to increase the number of clicks to our websites, but people connect better to a face and a bad profile image will loose business. These days every website should have an About Me or Meet the Team page, potential clients want to know who they are dealing with. Great headshot’s of your staff makes your company more friendly and approachable.

Read this article Calling All Business Professionals, this highlights some eye opening facts on the power of Linkedin alone. DW Images Photography is here helping you achieve the first step of professional personal branding for you and your company. A professional looking online profile is a powerful tool. Making you and your company’s social media work better for you, as more and more business is done via Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter these days.

Peter Leslie

“Brilliant shoot with a great Photographer. Thanks for inviting me along Dave had a great session, felt comfortable, relaxed, and had bags of fun. Most importantly, you captured some terrific shots. Thanks again..”

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