25. February 2011 22:49
When taking pictures of a bottle you may need to put light behind it to make it look transparent. Here is how using cardboard and aluminum foil you can achieve professional looking results.
First we’ll need to make a small stage where to put the bottle. Find a cardboard box that it’s taller than the bottle you want to photograph and remove the top flaps and two of the sides.
I used pieces of paper to cover the inside of the box. You can use any material you like. Fabric is a great idea because there is so much to choose from. Using something distinctive helps to make your picture look special.
I lined the inside of the box with white foam core to make it rigid. Then covered only two sides with paper to let the light reflect back. You can also tape a piece of white paper to make light bounce back.
Use the object you want to photograph as a template to cut a piece of cardboard of the same shape. Wrap the cut-out in aluminum foil.
Put the bottle in the set leaving a few inches of space between the bottle and the back wall.
Make rings of tape and use them to stick the cut-out to something that can hold it standing up.
Put the cut-out behind the bottle and turn it to make the light coming in from the window reflect and go through the bottle.
Looking from the position where you will put the camera find the angle that makes the most light go through.
With and without the card in the back!
Shower Gel: Courtesy of Valley Green Naturals.
Every two weeks we post a new product photography tutorial showing how to take at home the pictures we create at the Via U!