Wine Bottles

Wine bottles are a functional delivery and storage system made of glass, cork, label and a metal cap. Built to last for decades in some dark cold cellar, while protecting it’s joy full cargo. Simple job, but now is the time to make it shine, become a unknown hero and get it’s picture taken.

Photographing a wine bottle looks easy. Instead, when I photograph a wine bottle, it takes a certain lighting set up of background, flash strobes, cards, reflectors, experience and patience. The glass reflects everything, but I make the lighting give shape and form to the bottle plus a high lite on the top left side. This lighting makes the bottle and cap look great, but the label looks bad. So I photograph just the bottle, then relight for the label, photographing it on the bottle, and marry them in Photoshop.

A short story and a toast to the unsung wine bottle.