Lighting Diagram

Welcome back to my behind the scenes examples and tutorial tips to help improve your photography, today’s shoot is a simple gingerbeer project shoot – with the idea of creating an image worthy of a magazine.

This is a behind scene glance at the set up. A black piece of card was used at the back of the image and then two white flags either side, with my camera on a tripod. Camera settings were – ISO100, 1/160 sec and F8 with the flash being triggered off camera, with the camera position locked on the tripod.

Lighting Diagram

Move the Flash

The flash was moved around the scene — first behing the black card so that it created edges on the bottom by bouncing the light off the flags and then moved around the scene using a maggrid as a modifier of the light to create a narrower highlight.

Once several images were capture with different areas of the image being targeted – the bottle top (flash above), the liquid (flash behind), the label (flash behind) and some atmosphere spray was added to the background to create some mood lighting.

Ginger Beer - Background Shots

Ginger Beer – Background Shots

The images were then open in Lightroom, some basic clarity was added and they were opened as layers into one photoshop document, and the light was painted in on each layer until the desired effect was achieved, adding a colour overlay on the mist to bring out the tone of the beer. At this point I felt that the bottle was missing something… and as I had left it all set up, I was able to go back and revisit.

Ginger Beer

GInger Beer

Details and atmosphere matter

With a small bottle of water I was able to add some waterspray to the bottle and then I added this to the edited image in photoshop, giving the impression that the beer was super cold and fresh from the fridge.

Ginger Beer - Final Edit

Ginger Beer – Final Edit