03. Perfume Product Shoot Post Production

Having created his first advertising image of a bottle of Chanel No. 5 perfume, Karl sits down to review the image and make the necessary post production adjustments needed to finish off the RAW image.

This informative chapter applies a number of commonly used Photoshop techniques well suited to product photography. In addition to explaining why we use these tools and demonstrating how to correctly apply them, Karl also shares a number of useful tricks that can be used to enhance an image.

From using the clone and brush tools to rectifying image distortion, this chapter covers a number of Photoshop techniques that can be applied not only to product images, but to all genres of photography.

In this photography class we cover the following:

  • Post-production techniques for product photography
  • Common Photoshop tools and how to use them
  • How to create composite images in Photoshop
  • Establishing an effective post production workflow
  • Layers & layer masks
  • Keystone Effect: Correcting image distortion
  • How to effectively use burn and dodge

For more on the concepts covered in this course, go to our Post Production section.

To see how this image was shot, click here.

Comments

  1. Karl would it have helped to put a strip of gold reflective paper just for the bit that goes under the bottle and leave the rest of the card white? Essentially take the same shape card you cut out but just stick on a strip of gold to the bottom of it over which the bottle sits and maybe extend out just a little bit more.

    1. Hi Kevin, I switch between different monitors but I was using a Wacom Cintiq which is actually a tablet. I also use an Eizo.

  2. Great videos! Great tip with the polarizer. Liked the iPhone torch idea too. I’m wondering if a little “sparkle” could be gained back-lighting the liquid with directional light (from the rear instead of the top) maybe a black foam core “house/cover” for the dark bottle edges/ contrast? Or is it just too hard to get the liquid color to pop without the gold/white paper reflector shapes in back?

    1. Hi Gustavo, every situation and every shape of bottle presents its own challenges and opportunities. It is difficult to say what will work precisely I can only show what I do through experience given each situation. My overall techniques are similar on liquid and bottles as there are some key physics principles that are set in stone but even the bevel edge of a Chanel 5 bottle gives a different refraction to say a Dior perfume bottle. As for lighting through the product this is a technique I also use but it wasn’t going to work on this one given my shooting angle.

  3. In your reply to Gustova Bird, could you elaborate, just a little or as simple as you can, on the “key physics principles that are set in stone…”? I’m in the medical field and there are a lot of physics in this field so im aware that light reacts differently depending on what angle it’s hitting an object but Photography is a different challenge for me as far as light goes. Knowing how light reacts in Photography is everything to the photo. Just wondering if you would enlighten me or if it’s easier, give me some topics on the physics to google? You really are a master at knowing light Karl.

  4. Hearing your thought process as you develop a picture is the real value I find that separates you from other training videos, thanks again for the quality of work you put out

  5. Even though your quite the perfectionist, it was quite surprising to see how much post production you do… Good video btw!

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