03. Perfume Product Shoot Post Production


  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


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