Lately we’ve been buying and drinking a lot of wine. Tough life, I know.
The cellar — actually a climate-controlled refrigerator specifically for wine — has got rather full, and I have lately felt inspired to photograph some of the good stuff.
For inspiration I had been looking at other marketing-style images of wine, and I had an idea of the kind of image I wanted and how I would light it, so last week I went shopping for some ‘studio’ supplies (backdrops).
This afternoon, I set up a ‘studio’, grabbed some Grange and Bin 707 from the cellar and set about photographing it.
Being the fussy sort of photographer I am, I mucked around a lot with lighting and positioning, as well as my studio set, to achieve the kind of result I wanted.
And here it is:
The background consisted of black cardboard, which I had bent to form a seamless background.
The key light was a Canon Speedlite 580EX II shot through a softbox positioned at 45 degrees camera right.
For separation lighting, I positioned another Speedlite behind the wines and pointed it at the backdrop.
The last source of light was a white reflector dish placed to the left of the subject to bounce some of the key light back onto the bottles to provide some fill in those deep shadows.
I used my PocketWizard PLUS II triggers to fire the flashes wirelessly.
All in all, I am happy with the result.
The wines, by the way, are spectacular.