How to shoot transparent products in the studio?

Transparent products will let most of the light to pass through. This is a great challenge to get the shape and colour of the product.Lalique

  1. As a ground rule, we can try lighting the subject from its back. A back lighting will make the shape stands at its best against any plain background.
  2. The back light should not be aimed directly at the subject, but bounced at the background. The reflected light from the bright background will prevent hot spots or specular high lights on the transparent subject.dettol handwash
  3. Two or more black cards may be used on the sides of the product to define the shape with clear dark outlines.
  4. A white background will be better to show the colour of the liquid in a transparent container closer to reality.Boucheron
  5. A dark/textured background can give a dramatic feel of the product with a spot light on it.
  6. To show the front details of the product, we can use a fill light from the camera angle. This will light the text/brand name/logo of the product. This light has to be diffused enough (may be passed through a white acrylic board) for better details.Pamolive body wash
  7. The product needs to be cleaned thoroughly otherwise the light that passes through it will show off the dirt and scratches most perfectly. Even the finger prints are apparently seen (better use a soft cotton hand gloves while handling the product) when the surface is not clean.
  8. The transparent crystal subjects are far more critical because of its internal reflections and variation in thickness at different points. We need to experiment with lighting and the composition.crystal bowl
  9. A continuous light is preferred to the studio flashes. We can even use the tungsten light (modelling lamp) of the studio flash.
  10. A tungsten white balance or 2500 Kelvin will be suitable. Let the camera be on a steady tripod and use mirror up and remote shooting options while trying long exposures.crystal glass 
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