As promised, here is the blow by blow account of how I shot the hair spray bottle on my first workshop in September.
In the image above, you can see the product which was actually glued to a rod and attached to a tripod. I then placed an A2 piece of black foam board about 60cm behind the product. Trick 1 A large softbox was positioned behind and touching the board. This in effect, created 3 strip boxes behind the subject, one either side and one below. This produced a rim light all around the subject. Trick 2 If the subject was on a black shooting table, we wouldn’t get that rim light all round 😀 I now placed a stripbox above the subject which high lighted the trigger mechanism and gave a nice gradient to the top curvature of the product body. A second softbox was placed in front and below the subject to light the label and main body. The final touch I used to create the gradient right hand side of the lid was a combination of a 1 stop diffuser panel and a sripbox which is not shown in the image above. But basically, the panel was at right angles to the subject RH side and a softbox behind the panel at about 45 degs angle to it – brightest side to the rear. That’s it 😀
In my next workshops during October, I will be shooting a product again, but this time I will be creating an interesting back ground using lighting (no photoshop trickery). So if you want to get involved, get in touch using my contact page on my website. www.terrycroom.com