Behind the Scene: How to photograph product on a liquid
Most of my product photos are done for a personal reason, to build my portfolio, practice lighting, concept, production, or get a clientele. For this time, I created this image to build my portfolio and practice production on how to photograph product on a liquid.
a. What is Donginbi?
Donginbi is a Korean face product made from concentrated oil from red ginseng. It helps you take back your skin’s natural ability.
b. Inspiration/Mood Board
For this shoot, I was inspired by the perfume photos with the liquid/oil on Pinterest. I liked the bubbles of oil or drops of waters on the acrylic surfaces but having a bottle that is cylinder-like shape, I would prefer having it standing up.
So I decide to create an image similar to this but make it my own. This photo is composited image with a product and a background all shot separately. Although I do like a heavily composited commercial looking photograph, I prefer getting the all the components of the shots in the camera.
To photograph this photo, I need a clear acrylic bowl to put the liquid. I think the original photographer used some kind of oil or highly reflective surface that you can warp around. As for me, I use water. I just went to HomeGoods and looked for an acrylic bowl.
60mm micro f/2.8
Lee Filter diffusion
Warm orange filter
3. Behind the Scene
3. Post Production
4. Final Thought
I wish the liquid was smooth like the photo I saw. Maybe it is because of the viscosity of the liquid or the lighting (possible put light overhead to fill in the dark part of the water. Also, I want to find a way to make the product stable, not wobbly because of the thin wire. I will research different ways to rig a product next time. However, overall, I like how the image came out.