Shooting Booze…”I’ll Drink To That”
December 13, 2011 § 3 Comments
I’ve always enjoyed shooting booze shots…all the earthy, warm colors and backlit glassware, make for beautiful images. I shot all of these with the diffused overhead light I used in my “Old Books” images that I blogged awhile back. This time, I also added a diffused light in the back to highlight the glassware, liquid, and ice cubes. I’ve described the overhead light in previous blogs, but let me explain what I did with the backlight. I have a head with a reflector/grid behind a white translucent plexi wall. I also clipped my “smoked” plexi to the front of the white plexi. The backlight has a piece of diffusion material over it, and in the first shot, I even added a gold gel to the grid/diffusion material. The overhead light gives a nice highlight to the tops of the ice cubes and the decanters. With the shot of the hand holding the glass, I set my camera on the 10 second delay, pressed the shutter and walked over to the set and lightly held the glass…remembering to not block the light coming in from the back. The last thing as far as the lighting is concerned, is how I added a small mirror behind the glass and aluminum foil behind the decanters. These add a real pop and sparkle to the liquid. Lastly, I added a piece of pvc tubing that I spray painted black to the front edge of the set to give the images that “bar” look. I have a couple of booze shots on my website which I shot around 20-25 years ago. I bought my acrylic ice cubes from Tom Trengrove who owned Starbuck Studio back then. Tom continues to make the finest “fake” ice cubes, snow, splashes and even fruit, that you can find anywhere…check out his site at http://trengrovestudios.com. Tom has a second company named “Greatfakes” which has some of his products at a more economical price…you can take your time setting everything up, and nothing melts!
As always, hope you enjoyed this!