There’s a lot one can do with a set of wine glasses, some water, a plain white back drop and some speed lights. And a few hours over the weekend.
A slight change in light, completely changes the mood, the look and feel of the glasses. And then a bit of tweaking in Adobe Lightroom, some clean-up in Photoshop and voila. A whole set of still life images. Some with water, some without. I had a lot of fun playing around with lights and shadows while creating this series. I had had this style of photos in my mind for a few months. When Lucaris’ PR asked if I wanted some glasses, I jumped at the chance. I told them that “I’d do something for sure.”
It took me a while to get around to actually making the photos. I needed some time to stare at the glasses in person. And they glasses stayed on the white background for a few days before AND after I’d done the shoot.
There’s something about staring at an object or a scene prior to photographing it, that usually gives better results than simply deciding, “This is what I’m shooting.” This will be different for different photographers of course. I like touching, watching, holding, breathing in etc. Depending on the subject. A perfume bottle, for example, might inspire something based on the fragrance. A beauty product might inspire based on the existing packaging. If nothing else, it’s a nice starting point.
I am usually never happy with the first few photographs, especially with still-life. As I get warmed up, the quality and permutations and combinations get better.