How’d I get this awesome product shot?
Lately, I have been doing a lot of product photography. I wanted to do something for the 4th of July. I wanted to make something patriotic and festive. What’s more American than Coca-Cola and the American flag?
The product process
This is the first picture that I started with. I like how the flag looked. Also, I was really liking how the lighting on the logo turned out. I just didn’t like that I could see the nutrition facts and right side of the label. So I eventually took that out. You’ll see that in my process. I also didn’t like how harsh the light was on the cap and the neck of the bottle.
I used a layer mask to add just the bottle cap and the neck of the bottle. The lighting on them in this picture was a lot better in this picture.
I used another layer mask to add the light on the bottom edge of the bottle.
I tried forever to get the rim light just how I wanted. I then took it into photoshop and made the rim light better and put it on the other side as well. Here are different screenshots of the process of creating that awesome rim light.
The rim light process!
Picture #1 is the original picture of the rim light. I also didn’t like the glare in the bottom half of the bottle so I used the clone stamp tool to copy that color of the top half of the bottle to the bottom half. Then for picture #2 I then took that rim light and copied it and flipped it and put it on the other side.
For picture #3 I used a layer mask to add the light on the bottom of the bottle. For picture #4 I painted with the brush tool the rim light on the bottom half of the edge of the bottle.
(Picture #5) I then took that rim light on the left side and copied it and flipped it and put it on the right side of the bottle. For picture #6 I created a gradient shape that went alongside the edge of the bottle. The gradient went from white to clear. I then added a gaussian blur to that shape to make it look more realistic.
Then for picture #7, I took that gaussian blur shape and copied it and flipped it and put it on the other side.
I spent a ton of time on trying to create the rim light just how I wanted. I think that it turned out really well.
The final product!
I was outside doing some product photography and I spotted the sun peeking through the leaves next to the trees so I decided to prop up the cologne bottle on a branch. The blue of the bottle went well with the orange/yellow sun.
With that same tree, I positioned the cologne bottle and saw a different angle on it.
I was walking and saw a perfect place to set up a wallet to in the snow. The sun hit it perfectly for a nice product shot.