14th November 2003, 04:34 PM
How to shoot wine bottles?
My friend has a collection of more than a hundred wine bottles, some new, some empty. He has asked me to help him shoot them for documentary and catalogueing purposes.
Problem is, the bottles all have curved glass surfaces. So the reflection of the photographer, tripod, camera, and everything else in the room is in the picture.
Wondering if there's any way to get around this.
Methods i've considered so far:
- Software edit every picture. Possible, but i'd rather not. There're hundreds of them. i'm not too keen on this solution, though it's probably the best one so far.
- Polariser. Won't work. Polarisers only cut one plane of reflection. The bottles have curved surfaces.
- Light tunnel. Too expensive.
Current setup is camera, tripod with remote trigger (ST-E2) and two flashes.
Would welcome anyone with any more ideas. Thanx.
14th November 2003, 06:13 PM
Get one of those "light tents" from cathay. The type where you have a circular enclosure with a hole a the side where you can just stick the lens in. It should reduce and reflections from the environment to a minimum and ensure even illumination.
14th November 2003, 06:16 PM
How about lighting tents??
14th November 2003, 06:17 PM
If it is too expensive to buy those, improvise one yourself.
14th November 2003, 06:35 PM
He not paying me, so i'm trying not to acquire another white elephant. Anyway, thanx for the responses.
14th November 2003, 06:39 PM
Your friend should at least buy the tent. Tell him it's for the best effect.
14th November 2003, 06:41 PM
You can refer to those STill Life photography books on sale or in the library. I've seen many shots of bottles and they dont seem to have much problems.
14th November 2003, 07:30 PM
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14th November 2003, 09:14 PM
Hi Pro Image, i still don't get the idea of how to place the black cardboard. can help with diagram or something?
14th November 2003, 11:46 PM
How to explain to you all lei?
I cannot really explain even if I draw a diagram. Black cardboards are to eliminate some lights. Let say you have a rectangular light box. When you should any objects which are highly reflective like glass or silverware, you will need a black cardboard to eliminate some light by blocking the light box. Understand now?
Originally Posted by amateur_photographer
Placement of the card will determind the shape of the wine bottle relection. When you light up the whole a wine bottle which is green glass and red liquid, you must light in a way it looks like it has a curve from left to right or right to left. Dark to light. Understand now? If not, please go down to Kinokuniya(PageOne section-photography) you will find basic essential lighting skills.