Hello dear blog readers,
Often are the simple things, everyday things that are suitable for still life and let atmospheric easily implement. As in this tutorial. Just a glass of water.
2 glasses (one with water)
1 flash with reflector
1 Plexiglas (frosted)
In order to photograph a glass on a white background you need only a large softbox positioned behind the glass. However, there is always the risk that the background overexposed anything or – if you reduce the flash output – you can see the folds of the white diffuser of the softbox. In addition, glass needs at the edges dark shadings that are mirroring in the glass. Otherwise you cannot see the glass because it is transparent.
A frosted plexiglass disc has the advantage that it has no wrinkles and acts as a diffuser. If even a flash (or other light source) is then provided with a normal reflector, you have all possibilities of lighting design. The closer the light source is to the plexiglass, the smaller the area is exiting the light. The rest of the disc then remains dark and is mirrored according to again in the glass (the water Photos 1 and 2 shows this). You can also control the lighting light to dark, depending on whether the light source more right (or left), positioned up or down, or both. In my case I have the light placed slightly from above. Characterized the lower third of the image is darker.
The structure is quite simple. Two glasses placed on each other and chose the image selection so that the lower glass looks like a mirror of the upper glass. The blue color was created the white balance. I choose tungsten (3500 K) as whitebalance. This creates then in combination with a flash (5500 K a blue color.
In Photoshop I did only clean the glass strengthened and the contrast with curves.