How to create beautiful shots of wine bottles with one light

Jun 21, 2023

Alex Baker

Alex Baker is a portrait and lifestyle driven photographer based in Valencia, Spain. She works on a range of projects from commercial to fine art and has had work featured in publications such as The Daily Mail, Conde Nast Traveller and El Mundo, and has exhibited work across Europe

How to create beautiful shots of wine bottles with one light

Jun 21, 2023

Alex Baker

Alex Baker is a portrait and lifestyle driven photographer based in Valencia, Spain. She works on a range of projects from commercial to fine art and has had work featured in publications such as The Daily Mail, Conde Nast Traveller and El Mundo, and has exhibited work across Europe

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Product photography is a staple of many photographers’ income. Some products, however, are more difficult to shoot than others. Let’s take wine, for example. It’s not a straightforward subject from a technical point of view, and there are some expectations from the wine producers that usually need to be adhered to.

But, of course, this sort of thing can be learnt. In this video, commercial photographer Daniel Norton shows us exactly how to photograph wine bottles the right way. If you can shoot it correctly, you’ll save a lot of time in post-production as well.

As with a lot of tabletop photography, it’s all about tweaking the details. You can start with a pretty basic set-up with a background, one light in a softbox and a reflector, just as Daniel shows in the video. From there, you can then make minor adjustments as necessary to create the desired effect.

One thing that is very important when photographing wine is the label. It always needs to be visible and should be lit in some way. Of course, there are several ways to achieve that. You can use a light (probably with a snoot) directed at the label, or you can use a small reflector like a cosmetics mirror to light it up. It can also be shot separately and composited in Photoshop later if necessary.

Once you’ve practised a bit, you can then begin to get creative and try different set ups and light placements. However, this is a really great place to start if you’ve never photographed wine bottles before.

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Alex Baker

Alex Baker

Alex Baker is a portrait and lifestyle driven photographer based in Valencia, Spain. She works on a range of projects from commercial to fine art and has had work featured in publications such as The Daily Mail, Conde Nast Traveller and El Mundo, and has exhibited work across Europe

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