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Bouncing and Reflecting Light through Glass / Champagne bottle

Because they are both transparent and reflective, glass objects, like this champagne bottle, can prove to a challenge when it comes to lighting them.

However, once you understand how to effectively control its reflections and pass light through it, glass can be quite fun to work with.

The elements of this lesson were recently photographed in the Photoflex booth at this year's Photokina (the largest photographic trade show in the world -- held in Cologne, Germany) and demonstrates techniques specific to photographing liquid-filled bottles.

(Most images can be clicked for an enlarged view.)

Topics Covered:

  • Building a custom tabletop set
  • The ineffectiveness of built-in flash
  • Creating even reflections in glass
  • Bouncing light through glass

Equipment Used:


  • Olympus E-10 digital camera
  • Manfrotto 3021 tripod with a 3047 head


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