Photographing glassware on white is a product photography staple; unfortunately, it’s also notoriously difficult. So how do you capture clear glass on a white background with all of those glorious specular highlights you see in magazines? This tutorial by photographer Dustin Dolby of workphlo will show you exactly how.
Dolby has made a name for himself in the tutorial space recently for his extremely simple, but also effective, product photography setups.
Hs quick-and-dirty style might not appeal to everyone—many of his setups require a bit of cleaning up in post-production as a result—but if you’re working with extremely limited gear there are few photographers out there who can show you how to make better use of it.
Here is his basic setup for glassware photography:
|When he zooms out, you can see Dolby’s extremely simple (but effective) setup.|
As you can see, Dolby has stacked two glasses on top of each other in order to get a perfect ‘reflection’ without actually using a reflective surface. These two glasses are placed on some basic stand in front of a stripbox, which is placed over a simple speedlight.
The dark highlights in the glass are reflections of the darkened room compared to the bright white strip box/background. They can be made thicker or thinner by moving the stripbox further from or closer to the glasses, respectively.
Finally, the last step in the whole process is to bring the images into post and, if you want perfect symmetry, cut and mirror your preferred half of the glass onto the other side. That way, the image looks magazine ‘perfect’ like the final examples at the end of the video.
Check out the full tutorial to see Dolby’s process from start to finish, and if you have any suggestions on how you would improve on or simplify his process drop them in the comments below.