Shooting a Perfume Bottle Product Photo With Just One Speedlight

When you think of product photography and lighting, you likely think of intricate, multi-light setups that precisely sculpt every last highlight and shadow. Nonetheless, there's a lot you can accomplish with simpler setups, and this great video will show you how to get a professional shot of a perfume bottle using very minimal gear.

Coming to you from workphlo, this great tutorial will walk you through the process of shooting a product shot of a perfume bottle using nothing but a Nikon D7000NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens, and Yongnuo YN560-IV Speedlite. The trick really comes in setting the camera on a tripod and moving neither it nor the product, thus allowing you to take multiple exposures in which you light different portions of the bottle. From there, because you've kept everything perfectly aligned, it's very easy to composite the different versions in Photoshop, thus giving the illusion of a multi-light setup without an overabundance of post-production work. I think it's a particularly good method to practice if you're relatively new to lighting, as you'll see how more intricate setups are built up light by light and gain a better understanding of how to control each element.

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