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Jul 06, 2016 11:55 |  #31

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On the subject of lighting, can anyone think of a way to shoot this hero-style image while still featuring the embossed logo on the front of the cup? No matter what I've done with reflectors and angles, I can't seem to get the embossed logo to come forward more prominently than the contents of the glass itself. It's obviously much easier with both the empty glass and the opaque Bloody Mary, but we don't want to pitch the cup for any specific cocktail, so the standard soda would be ideal.

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Have you considered layering the second glass front over the first shot? That would give you the opportunity to play with clarity/contrast etc of the two layers independently.

And, fwiw, when I'm looking to have *total* control over lighting which can sometimes be compromised in a set, I like to shoot drinks out of the set and assemble after the fact.

Best of luck, it's a challenge to separate layers when you have similar tones and textures overlapping one another.


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Jul 06, 2016 12:57 |  #32

I played around with layering the empty glass over for a bit, but didn't have much success. Nowhere locally has the dulling spray, so I have a few days to play around with the files while I wait for it to come in, haha.


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Jul 06, 2016 21:35 |  #33

Hmm, I ended up finding a can of the stuff hidden in the back shelf of the Michael's hobby store. However, I may have to play around with it a bit before I figure out the right amount. I put what I thought was a very light coat on one of the glasses and it's come out looking nearly frosted. Regardless of the texture, the back light is still blowing out the embossed logo. I roughly comped in this logo from an empty glass shot in the same position, but I'm still not happy with the look overall.

Any other thoughts on a new direction to take for this?

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Jul 06, 2016 23:15 |  #34

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What about using black cards?


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Jul 06, 2016 23:19 |  #35

And what is your lighting set up? you need to create shadows in order to see that logo , maybe youre flattening the lighting out with too much


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Jul 06, 2016 23:49 |  #36

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Aside from any effects of light placement, the lettering shows better near the bottom of the bottle, where it's in front of the gray counter/tabletop, than higher up, where the BG is a brightly lit wall.

The ice cubes may interfere with the relief on the glass, since their contours are the same color it is.


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Jul 07, 2016 07:46 |  #37

I'm going to re-recommend a composite. Light them separately, iow it isn't necessarily shooting the same glass in the same light with and without liquid/ice.

For the empty glass, put a black/gray/white/silve​r/gold (this is where you experiment) card behind the glass. This is to add body and detail to the logo. The card might need to be flat to the glass or angled...might need to be curved and inside the glass...this is where you 'play around' to see what's happening to the logo. Maybe it needs a black and or silver card on the front side as well for additional highlights and to introduce black...again you're *ONLY* lighting for the logo. Once you've got that, you simply join them. Not sure of your PS skills, but I know that my digital tech would marry these two images in a believable way in short order essentially by layering and then erasing the logo layer everywhere but the logo itself.

Frosting the front of the glass might provide a little more separation of the logo and ice but at the expense of diffusing all of the nice things that are going on inside the glass.

Edited to add...while both glasses should be shot separately, they're obviously in the exact same position for easier assembly.
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Jul 07, 2016 14:17 |  #38

Im tempted now to go get a glass like this and try this out. Never faced with this challenge and sounds like a fun test.


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Jul 24, 2016 16:59 |  #39

Kentucky Mule


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Jul 25, 2016 14:08 |  #40

Moscow Mule. :-)

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Dec 01, 2016 22:09 |  #42

Played around with a little light painting this week.



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Dec 02, 2016 16:55 |  #43

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Dec 25, 2016 16:51 |  #45

I treated myself to some single malt Bushmills Irish Whiskey for the Holidays.

Using my home bar as the 'stage' and background. This image is also a blend of two exposures, one at f11 for the bottle, box and glass while the rest was shot at f2 to optimize the blur of the background. These were shot using natural light and the bar lights only. The f11 exposure was 13 seconds and the f2 was 0.3 seconds.

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