Glass Surface Photography
School: Arizona State University, Graphic Information Technology
Instructor: Penny Dolin
Assignment: Reflective Surfaces -- Glass

This shot was part of our reflective surfaces assignment, although this one was aimed at shooting an object that cast an interesting reflection. I chose to shoot a perfume bottle on clear glass, and played with lighting until Professor Dolin encouraged me to try shooting the bottle completely backlit by the softbox, which is what we have here. I used a snoot on the fill light to illuminate more detail on the spray cap, and a reflector to light the turquoise heart on the bottle, which was also a reflective surface. 

The biggest challenge of this shot was getting the lighting right so that the details on the bottle were illuminated without the whole shot being overexposed. I kept a small aperture for a wider depth of field to get the detail in the bottle's reflection, so balancing the shutter speed & lighting to compensate for that took the most time. The curved line in the background is actually the edge of the piece of glass that the bottle is sitting on (it's a circular glass tabletop). 

I shot this in our campus studio with a camera tethered to Adobe Lightroom and did all of my editing there & in Adobe Photoshop.
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