Product Photography of Vodka Bottle

This is well worth watching 😀

Cheers Guys


Terry Croom




Even though the Workshops are finished for this year, there will still be more to come of How To’s, Video’s and Tips n Tricks – So keep coming by and make sure you don’t miss any thing 😀


Terry Croom



Before I begin, let me just explain, that I use this method a lot for stock photography as it makes it possible for art directors and designers to modify my images and makes it very easy for them to separate the product from the background (cut outs) to be used to suit their designs. So it’s a great technique to learn and this is how I do it.

(fig 1) A pair of lighting stands with grips

First of all, we need to set up a purpose built (DIY) table. Now I don’t know of any manufacturer that actually makes one of these but if you do, share it with us. It’s made up of a pair of light stands, and I attach to these, a pair of grips (fig 1) which you can buy very cheaply at B&Q’s.

(fig 2) DIY clear plexiglass shooting table

On top of this, and secured with two more grips, I placed a clear Plexiglass shooting table which was made from a flat sheet (fig 2).The Plexiglass can very easily be bent to the shape of a shooting table by heating it with a hot air gun or even a naked flame. The trick is to do it slowly and gently and when it cools, it maintains its shape.

Another little trick I use for this set up is a reflector holder attached to a small boom which is then attached to a lighting stand. I use a piece of white foam board which attaches to the holder as shown (fig 3).

(fig 3) Background holderThis can be positioned pretty much any way you won’t and is perfect for this kind of set

Now the foam board is positioned behind and below the table (fig 4), slightly facing upward. It’s very adaptable and can be adjusted to get it exactly where it’s needed.

(fig 4) Foam board behind and below shooting tabl




(fig 5) Strobe to light the backgroung













In front of that, I placed a strobe on a small stand with a basic reflector (fig 5) aimed at the white foam board, which creates our pure white background.

In addition to that, I attached a piece of black foam board on top of the strobe (fig 6) to flag it and prevent there being too much light on the bottom of the subject. If you don’t do this, there is a danger that the subject will be blown out at the base.

(fig 6) The strobe is flagged with black foam board

Right, that’s our background sorted now to light the subject.

(fig 7) Lighting to right of subject

First, I placed a diffuser panel to the right of the subject (fig 7) and behind that, a stripbox at an angle as shown. You can see that the stripbox is half behind the diffuser and the top half above and exposed. The top part of the stripbox gives us the highlight in the pupils and the bottom half which is diffused gives a soft light to the side of the eye balls. See finished image above.

(fig 8) Lighting to left of subjecwhich again gave a soft light to the other side of the eye balls.

I then used a second strobe and diffuser panel to the left of subject (fig 8)

That’s the set up, so you just need to experiment with your lighting to get the desired result. Be careful not to go too strong on the background as it will start to impact on your subject. But with careful tweaking, you can achieve the perfectly pure white background which is seamless.

So have a go and above all have some fun with it and you can also take a look at the Video :D.


Terry Croom


Well, I’ve been thinking about an assignment which involves shooting white and/or light coloured objects on a pure white background and came up with this:


I thought I would ask the question “How was it done?” before I submit the behind the scenes lighting setup and video.

How would you do it?

BTW No Photoshop – it has to be out of camera.


Terry Croom

Trash can as a tool for a professional photographer? The end result is all that matters? « Photigy: technically advanced photography

This is well worth a visit and shows that you can use just about anything in photography to achieve great end results. You Can with a Trash Can!  Take a look!


Trash can as a tool for a professional photographer: the end result all that matters? « Photigy: technically advanced photography.




Terry Croom

Testing some lighting setup this weekend…

Testing time this weekend.

Fredrik Topplund – Google+.

If you like this image, click the link above and give Fredrick a +

This is an image that was taken by Fredrik Topplund using the techniques I demonstrated in my Workshop 4 Tutorial

Great results and thanks for sharing Fredrik 😀

By the way, anyone else wanna take a shot at this feel free and share the results.


Terry Croom


Hi everyone and apologies for the lateness of this Blog but as promised here it is. Also at the bottom of this Blog is a link to a video of this summary complete with an added review of the post production technique used to achieve the final image 😀

In my last couple of workshops, the assignments have all been about shooting glass and liquids so this latest assignment will cover some of what’s been done already. The remit for this assignment was to shoot two glasses of liquid against a pure white background. Sounds simple but is in fact quite technically challenging. So, let’s get started.

Here’s the finished image:

Finished image

And here’s how we achieved it:

Take two glasses of coloured liquid and place them on a black plexiglass shooting table (fig 1).

The two glasses on a shooting table

(fig 1) The two glasses on a shooting table

It’s probably a good idea at this stage to make sure the glasses and table are clean (unlike the ones in this demo setup) 😀

(fig 2) Softbox as a background

Now, the background needs to be pure white, so we used a large softbox for this (fig 2) which gives us the flexibility to adjust the light and we can do that in two ways. We can either increase or decrease the power of the strobe or we can move the softbox nearer or away from the subject.

Let’s now introduce a softbox and difuser panel combination to create the gradient highlights on the left hand side of the glasses which you can see here (also note that the highlight goes all the way up the sides of the glasses.

As you can see in (fig 4) I have placed a stripbox behind a difuser panel at about a 45 deg angle which creates the desired results.

(fig 4) stripbox & difuser combination


The only other thing I added to this setup was a reflector panel (white foamboard) to the right hand side of the subject (fig 5) just to bounce a bit more light into what was otherwise a slightly dark area.

(fig 5) Reflector

Well, that’s the set up, but it’s by no means the end of the story. As I mentioned earlier, the background needs to be pure white. Ok, we can do that – but when we do, what happens? Unfortunately, we loose the gradient highlights we created at the top of the glasses where there is no liquid and we loose the definition of the glass edges in this area too (fig 6).

(fig 6) lost highlights and definition on top of glass

So what’s the solution? Well, the stark reality is, that we can’t always achieve exactly what we want in camera. Sometimes there has to be a compromise and we have to finish the image in post production and in this case, it’s got to be the background that gets edited. It’s more important to make sure that the product, the glasses in this case, are correctly exposed and the background then becomes slightly under exposed (not pure white). It’s going to be  much easier to adjust the background in post production than it would to adjust the product.

The video link which you can find below will take you to the video summary of this workshop and also includes how we did the post production to achieve the final image. So I hope this will be of help to you in your photography 😀



Terry Croom


This is a couple of glasses of food colouring in water to get a nice combination of colours. But more importantly, this image is all about lighting as is my workshops and a lot of time was spent on achieving the really nice gradient to the left hand side of the glasses. This is not as simple as it may seem and I will be uploading a video and written example of how it was done. If you would like to find out more about this kind of photography, get in touch and join the fun 😀

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Terry Croom