Learn How This Stunning Photo of a Whisky Bottle Balancing Between Two Tumblers Was Created

Whisky bottles are a favorite subject for product photographers and this shot adds an interesting twist: the bottle and tumblers are impossibly balanced on one another. How was it achieved?

Product photographer Thierry Kuba runs you through the entire process of how he captured this image, from creating his own fake whisky through his various lighting setups that allow him to get a perfectly illuminated bottle.

The choice of a blue background is no accident as if you have even a vague knowledge of color theory, you’ll know that it works as a direct complement to the deep orange and brown of the whisky. You’ll find out how to bring some extra life to the color of the whisky as part of Kuba’s detailed walkthrough. 

A bit of trivia for you: France drinks more whisky per person than any other country by some considerable distance, with French drinkers preferring it to Champagne or Cognac. The Scottish blended whisky chosen by Kuba is owned by a French company, Pernod Ricard. According to Forbes, the average Frenchman drinks just over half a gallon a year.

Have you tried stacking glass using Kuba's ingenious technique? Let us know in the comments below.

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6 Comments

J.d. Davis's picture

Very informative and well done, just one question...I have the same acrylic ice cubes, seven of them; aren't the parts of the ice not submerged going to look more realistic if they are shot as transparent?

Andy Day's picture

Good question! Maybe head to Thierry's youtube channel or give him a shout via his website - https://www.thierrykubafilms.com/contact. Alternatively, you could drop him a comment on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/COeVP8lAGEH/

Ryan Downie's picture

When I shoot beverage for alcohol brands I use some of that special effects plastic glass silicone and moduled in to ice cubes. They float like ice cubes and look correct. My big peeve about the acrylic is how fake they look due to being too perfect.

J.d. Davis's picture

Good point - but here's the thing; your paying client wants to showcase the product - and let's face it, cheap bars serve good whiskey with cloudy cubes, not an attractive sight when you are paying 18+ dollars for a shot of Scotch!

I'd rather have them look too good than cheap - yes?

Florian Rusterholtz's picture

Sad that his channel is a pure copy of Botvidsson Channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/botvidsson) ...same lighting, same coffee gimmick...

Hector Belfort's picture

Nice explanation. Is the glue something special that it can be removed from the glass base? A lot of gear required and space. He knows what he is doing.