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Lighting a bottle of Beo

Published March 7th, 2012

Building my portfolio, I wanted to have some pack shots of bottles, showing that I can do bottle light nicely. The Beo drink has a very nice, simple and classic look and I chose to go with shooting them. I wanted a nice dark edge around the bottle and a highlight running down the side.

I wanted to make the drinks more inviting my making them appear cold and fresh, so I sprayed water on them using the head of a windex bottle, until I got the right size dew. I heard glycerin and all kinds of other things can help the look of the water, but I didn't have that available and thought it worked out anyway.

The most challenging part was getting the bottle to reflect the black cardboard evenly, to make the lines on either side the same size.

The final pictures:


Light setup

The setup was pretty simple, using 2 studio lights. 1 large softbox behind the bottle, made even softer by a large diffusion screen, and one softbox to the left. Light was reflected back into the labels by a big piece of white cardboard.



On either side of the bottle I put black cardboard to create the dark lines on the edges of the bottle.

  • March 2nd, 2012
  • NIKON D60
  • 18mm / f/3.5 / 1/20 sec

Setup side

The left softbox was heavily masked with 2 pieces of cardboard blocking light, allowing only a thin line of light to come out, which made the highlight. On top of that was more diffusing paper to make it softer.

  • March 2nd, 2012
  • NIKON D60
  • 18mm / f/3.5 / 1/30 sec

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