This very simple product shot was in fact very, very, challenging due to the 360 degree reflective surface at the top of the bottle. I tried every trick in the book but could not stop the bottle from picking up some part of the studio, shoot enclosure or my equipment.

I set the product up on a translucent white still life table and shot two strobes through the table, from underneath,  to create the white background to remove the need for post-processing to keep the costs down. It creates some bleed around the edges but this was deemed acceptable without the expense of  post-processing. I then use three softboxes with continuous lamps to light the product.

Recognizing that reflection was going to be problematic I attempted to use a shoot tent (typically, I avoid using shoot tents) but the bottle picked up too much detail from the tent. To solve this problem, I used white foam board, furring strips and duct tape to build a shoot enclosure which was broad and wide and only a few inches taller than the bottles and this did the trick proving a uniform reflective surface on the bottles with no external detail.

Often, what seems like a simple photo shoot can become very complex but where there is a will there is a way.

RI Product Photography

Dave’s Coffee Syrup is an iconic Rhode Island product.

Dave’s Coffee, located in Charlestown, Rhode island, is a Certified Organic Coffee Roaster and a member of Farm Fresh RI (which unites local Rhode Island food producers with consumers, restaurants and markets).

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George Ross

A full-service photographer, George Ross specializes in wedding photography, product photography, website photography, sports and portrait photography. Located in Richmond, Rhode Island, George travels and shoots wherever his clients need him. Call 401.284.6106

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