How to Photograph Dior Perfume Bottles Like a Pro | Tutorial

Okay welcome back to SUB’S CHOICE, today I was
thinking we should do a shot quick quick and dirty shot of a perfume bottle. PARFUM! Do we have any focus on this camera I have absolutely no idea. So this one will
shoot, doesn’t really matter what we are shooting because what I really want to
show today’s a bit about the background and how easy it is to make it look
fantastico. Today we’re shooting with Canon Canon 5d Mark IV, today I’m testing out
Capture One, everybody says it’s a great software so let’s try it out see… maybe. As a photographer it’s very important to
hang on a C-stand and look cool. As usual we start with with the camera to make sure
we have a black canvas, black frame we want to under expose two or three stops,
if we like to raise the shadows in post. Okay, so right now it’s on ISO 100, 125th of a second shutter speed and the
aperture is 2.8, I will take a shot without any flashes and what do we get?
Yes now we see that this LED lights goes in to the picture, we don’t want that, we
don’t want them to mess up our nice picture because we want control with
only flashes. I will put up the aperture a bit, maybe to like let’s say 13. Okay now
we almost have a black frame there is some reflections in this glass but let’s
go for this, it’s almost totally black. Today I was thinking that we should use
a tabletop, this tabletop is from IKEA and it’s called Glasholm, I don’t
know if they still make them, maybe they do. They are great, the other side…
It’s a black glass table and you can use it as a background when you
shoot, it’s great. The reason why it’s upside down is because I destroyed the
the other side because I was doing a photo shoot for a magazine, a Swiss
watch magazine and I had an idea with this. I wanted to make sparks of fire, I
mean I wanted to make some sort of sparks flying around, so I put in the
drill and then attached steel wool and then I put it on and then I lit it on
fire and then it started to fly all over, because I was making
this as a background the watch was in the foreground and I
was doing like this and then spinning around and then I was clicking the
camera, and with longer shutter speed they fly all over the place and they
landed, this glowing burning small parts from this steel wool ended up here and
they burn this glass. They were so hot so they burned the glass so now it’s like
small holes in it yeah. So don’t do this. I turn it upside down and I think it
will work. Let’s take another shot, do we have a black frame? Yes almost, so how do we start? We need to light this nice bottle of course so let’s put up a light.
This is the hard part to know… crappy sh#t The hard part is to know where to place
the light, just have a bare flash. So now the flash is on and let’s take let’s
just hit the product with some light and push flash what do we get?
There we go, well what do you think? A bit overexposed maybe, we can turn down the power a bit, it’s it’s kind of nice but isn’t there anywhere else I can place
this flash where the product will look nicer? Well I built this tool, this is a
very great tool to know where to put the flash. If you see the camera, this is the angle of the camera, you see? Like that and if I should try
if I try to not spill out the coffee and I want to recreate this angle, like that,
and then I lock this. Now I have the angle of the camera and then I’ll turn
it around like that and this is how I know where to place the flash. It should
be placed somewhere along this line, it can even be placed up in the roof
there because it’s exactly the same angle as the camera. I have a white roof
here maybe if I shoot the flash up there what will happen? I will take the flash
and shoot it along this angle up there maybe somewhere around there. Starting to
be a bit more interesting I would say because this is… maybe I can put on this
modifier to get it a bit more spotted and raise it up like this. Let’s create like a
spot there. Take a shot, you see this surface right now it’s bit matte so it’s not
highly reflective but if you had like something reflective, okay we can take
this golden paper, if I place that like that maybe, test shot, you see. Let’s put down the power. To bright, put it down, it’s extremely reflective actually
oh it’s minimum, well do you get the idea this looks much nicer I would say but I don’t think we should use golden background today. If you don’t have a
shiny plexiboard or whatever it’s called, then you can create
your own by adding water. Now we have water and if I place the
project into the water right now what will happen? Let’s take a shot, because still the only flash we are using is the one in the same angle as the
camera let’s turn the power up and move it out of the frame like that,
take a shot, you see, but we have all these backgrounds and everything so probably
it’s not the best spot but you get my point?
It’s the same thing like food photography, all the food
photographers they always like to stand by a window. Window, food, camera. The same
angle you know a window down you get specular highlights on the food and it
looks very nice and you want to eat it. Let’s place the flash closer
because I don’t want to have this I don’t want to have this big flat surface
I would like to have a spot then we need to make it smaller so I think we should
move it closer, which one should we use? This one, this is a Profoto D2 you can
use any flash off course this is, sort of, the same angle. The guide light, let’s take a
shot and see what happens, that’s interesting you see it’s the reflection because
water is highly reflective so it makes a perfect mirror of the flash head, it’s like a
mirror yeah, what to do when you have highly reflective surface? We need to
diffuse the light as usual okay so let’s take a diffuser and place it in between
the flash and the product, what do we get? Wow, look at this, now it’s starting to
look kind of interesting yes it’s a bit too dark we can always put up the flash
power, let’s take another one Wow, wow… because now we will see this
spot diffusing diffusing frame I have it’s a bit too small we need
put on another one but as you see now we will get the spot from the flash and
because it’s in the right angle we will see the perfume shining up so let’s put
on a bigger one, my old scabby trusty diffusion, by the way, if you’re not
subscribing… something like this maybe we leave the flash as it was, now we have a
bigger diffusion that will cover the whole yeah that’s nice
maybe somewhere around there yes that’s nice but what can we do now when we have
water maybe we can play a bit with the water, what would happen if I just freaking out a bit… you see my finger
there but that can we can always retouch out if you just, wow I love this, you know
water is so great to work with because it’s always looks fantastic. Do
we need some more lights? You see, maybe we need a bit here on the neck, because it’s
very dark this is beautiful golden mini chain or whatever it is
so I think we should put out another flash because we have other flashes and
then I think we should use them yeah so let’s take another flash over here turn
it on and let’s not go too crazy with the power, now it’s quite low power and
put on the guide light see it looks like it will hit the neck of the bottle, let’s take a shot it’s
nice on the neck, a bit overexposed but we also get a lot of flares in the glass and
everywhere maybe we can put on the honeycomb grid and it will spot the
light a bit, focus the light on the neck yes maybe we actually need a bit more over all light then I will go to aperture F11 actually and
now maybe this looks very nice when you just dropping the bottle makes this…
looks very beautiful, it will be nice with some drops and stuff but it’s a bit
plain, the picture, maybe we can play a bit with shadows with this
kind of… you know it’s just a foam board you can find it everywhere, everywhere! By
the way this is what I used to make my diffusion frames because it’s always
always a pain in the ### I make this once, it’s actually my photographer friend Hans who was here, I saw he made this kind of frame, so this is actually the same
and then I just cut out the frame and then this actually this one is with glue on
one side you cut out the frame and then you glue the diffusion material, it
doesn’t have to be the thick one – Savag,e you can use just a regular diffusion.
Shadows, let’s play with shadows now we’re starting to mess up this nice light spot,
holding it in front of the flash, if you like to have a sharper edge then we can
place it as close as possible to the bottle, now we’re starting to get like a
sharper edge, as close as possible. Placing this into the clamp and what do
we get? That’s kind of cool yeah, it’s a bit
messy but it doesn’t really matter right now because we will mess it up with water. I think it will look very interesting to
break up this sharp edge with some water action. Let’s see how it looks
now if I just dropping this bottle, hope I’ll not break it. You see, very cool now there
is something more going on. The water right now is black and white you know, I
mean it’s gray… gray and black, let’s go crazy and make everything golden! CTO, color
temperature orange filter… gel. And we can put this in front of the flash. It’s a quarter yeah a quarter CTO orange, I think we need more than one
layer actually I think we need to cut out one piece so now we have this piece
I will double it by folding it and let’s take a shot and see
what happens with double, the question is, is it nicer or is it… not? So, golden I
think it’s kind of cool maybe it’s easier to see when I do…
yeah it looks more luxury, doesn’t it? There we have the picture, but I want to
have some splashes I think. There is focus. What you can work with,
you can work with air, this is canned air, if I just blowing, it’s also a bit cool yeah.
The problem here is that you really need to have a friend helping you out with
this because if you want to have this waves, some splashes and press the camera at the same time, you know it’s very very hard to do this by yourself so maybe at the end I will
combine different exposures in Photoshop. I would like to test to pour some water
on the top, maybe it can be cool if the bottle a bit on the ‘sniskan’ on the
side let’s start to pour some water on this. You see, they’re frozen
because we have this fantastic Profoto flash. I would like to have a bit more
action now I think we will have something. Yeah please subscribe if you
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  1. botvidsson February 7, 2018 at 8:42 am

    Sorry for the bad color grading on this video…

  2. Sebastian Hellström February 7, 2018 at 9:10 am

    Always great quality videos, keep up the good work!

  3. L.A. Moro February 7, 2018 at 9:51 am

    "As a photographer, it's very important to hang on a c-stand and look cool" )))

  4. Ricardo Bernardo February 7, 2018 at 10:46 pm

    At some point I need to visit you! ?

  5. 华扎嘉普 February 8, 2018 at 5:16 am

    great idea thank you

  6. Wojciech H February 9, 2018 at 6:09 pm

    Great tutorial ! Love the final result ???

  7. Martin Pitonak February 10, 2018 at 1:00 pm


  8. Martin Pitonak February 15, 2018 at 4:35 am

    Btw is there a way to make live view in C1 go fullscreen ?

  9. IRONWILL989 February 24, 2018 at 3:27 pm

    Hang on C stand… Noted! C stands for COOL

  10. Gabriel Baca Sandoval March 8, 2018 at 9:27 pm

    Best video EVER !!!!!

  11. Le_nDem March 17, 2018 at 12:53 pm

    This guy only have 500 subs??

  12. Lien April 9, 2018 at 8:44 am

    Awesome and fun,best tutorial ever

  13. Stefan Molin April 11, 2018 at 1:23 pm


  14. Jason Respini April 25, 2018 at 12:27 am

    It's Wonderful watching you do serious experimentation and having fun. You get right to the good stuff, and with the help of a few timely edits, without wasting our time. Thanks!

  15. Karen Green May 2, 2018 at 2:26 am

    Your such an artist!

  16. Outbound May 12, 2018 at 8:46 am

    hey i LOVE YOUR VIDEOS saw them all now pls do it like this way <3 <3<3 ^^ and now i got aquestion , where i can get this trace paper like thing for the DIY Diffusor ? have a nice time

  17. Black Tea May 28, 2018 at 9:11 pm

    wow your very professional photography ?

  18. Amit Chowdhury May 30, 2018 at 9:58 am


  19. BarTabz May 31, 2018 at 6:49 pm

    Love your personality, video and editing. Truly educational, entertaining and fun.

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    Nice vid man! Enjoyed watching and learning from your style.

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    Dude you’re hilarious! Made it a lot more fun watching. Keep up the good work

  24. Agustin Tajch July 31, 2018 at 7:52 pm

    Awesome videos!

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    great video

  26. Maria Eugenia Polson September 2, 2018 at 11:04 pm

    They are spectacular videos. I love them

  27. Nathan Lee Bush September 24, 2018 at 4:36 pm

    Great video! What is the barrier that's keeping the water on the surface?

  28. MARK BOWERS PRODUCTIONS October 8, 2018 at 3:36 pm

    These are the best product and studio tutorials I have seen yet! What is your address? I will plan a trip just to be on the show

  29. belotti bruno October 10, 2018 at 11:15 am

    Real nice tutorial ! Great work to learn how to shoot bottle of perfume with water effect and color …Thanks

  30. Antonio Helfer October 17, 2018 at 4:13 pm

    Very nice…. storm ideas for the next work.

  31. Patrick Haney October 21, 2018 at 10:46 pm

    I gotta say man… you channel is amazing. Almost all tutorials I see are rigid plans made to get one planned result, with only specific listed gear. I like how we got to see your creative process, with all kinds of materials, and the ideas that made you end up with your result. It won't be long before more people start flocking over to see your tutorials. As for ideas, I saw a photo of a liquor bottle on Fstoppers with a fiery background. I was thinking that you could do something with flames, embers, and sparks.

  32. Mavis Hageman October 22, 2018 at 1:44 am


  33. _IcePlayz_ November 7, 2018 at 7:49 am

    Awesome video! By the way what was the game called the chair flipping game ? That looks so awesome with water and the shadows! Keep on with the awesome work ?

  34. Erik Lundqvist November 16, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    Very funny man, very funny indeed. Good content as well 🙂

  35. Alix 710 November 25, 2018 at 5:42 pm

    you are awesome! I always learn so much from your videos??

  36. mohammed asif November 29, 2018 at 1:08 am

    Very nice.

  37. Sutejo Tan December 7, 2018 at 2:49 am

    @0:54 – ROFL – YOU MAKE MY DAY! awesome man.

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  39. Darkstarr One December 26, 2018 at 8:33 am

    nice video, subscribed 😉

    I like your trial and error approach

  40. HXM Holdings December 29, 2018 at 3:09 am

    Where do u get those type of cameras and equipment for product shoots?

  41. Ricardo Gutiérrez January 8, 2019 at 10:14 pm

    Wow, awesome thanks for share!

  42. Yuqiong Lee January 9, 2019 at 10:18 pm

    Nice job enjoyed watch it!

  43. R G January 10, 2019 at 7:20 pm

    Loved it! Must try!

  44. Tim Bourgault January 30, 2019 at 5:18 pm

    This was amazing, I truly enjoyed you were actually taking photographs, and not creating it all in post production. That is truly photography in my mind.

  45. Ali Al Dawood February 11, 2019 at 9:30 am

    You can make a better waves by using an amplifier under the surface

  46. Mikael Pettersson February 13, 2019 at 2:38 pm

    What coffee maker du you use ?

  47. Romain Riviere February 17, 2019 at 6:23 pm

    yeah !!!

  48. brodi81 February 18, 2019 at 6:47 am

    I'm in my 5th week in my Commercial Photography class so this was an easy sub for me. I'd love to see your PS edit video of this.

  49. Joseph P February 24, 2019 at 11:08 pm

    I love it, subscribed

  50. Joseph P February 26, 2019 at 11:37 pm

    I can not find that table anywhere! Wish I knew the name of it!

  51. Scott B. Jaxon March 1, 2019 at 8:53 am

    Maybe you could get a wireless trigger, might be cheaper than paying an assistant 🙂
    Love the content

  52. Clara Montgomery March 14, 2019 at 2:33 am

    Loved your style. Wondeeful video. Thanks for making this.

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    Very very Nice!

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    Great content!

  55. Elise Blair March 27, 2019 at 9:53 am

    You built a giant protractor. Amazing! ?

  56. Hurrght Oláffson March 28, 2019 at 4:25 pm

    For him it is not enough to be an artist: he has to be funny, skillful and… break something. Amazing photography!

  57. Robert Gilbert April 8, 2019 at 10:15 pm

    Hi Martin, you're the Boss ! I'm about to buy a Savage Translum plastic, I see here you use the heavy type, but, in another video (profoto) you say dont use heavy its too much. I have max 640W flashes. I want the smooth gradients, I'm confused. Ciaoo

  58. Reginald Graddy April 9, 2019 at 7:01 am

    Good, good.

    Very nice, yes.

  59. AlexRod April 15, 2019 at 7:11 am

    Is stupid question but professional photographers keep in mind the EV from the camera? do you try to keep the 0 EV or you dont pay attention to that?

  60. Paul Terdal May 11, 2019 at 6:55 pm

    Can you make video in high key white and colour or mix product photography.

  61. Robert Ziehe May 16, 2019 at 1:47 pm

    Loved your Hertz commercial! What does it say at the end? Made me subscribe to your channel. Like your videos here to. Thank you

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  63. Eduardo Araki June 18, 2019 at 7:56 pm

    You make a boring product shoot sounds funny! Thank you, learned a lot.

  64. jay June 26, 2019 at 11:06 pm

    Hi, do you have a video going over your equipment? I really like your set up. Thank you.

  65. Seamus Dobbs June 29, 2019 at 6:19 am

    All those cables on the floor is giving me anxiety lol

  66. Cognitive Feedback July 5, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    this improved my life

  67. Samersaad SaaS July 9, 2019 at 1:11 pm

    hey , I finally made my vr of this photo after watching this tutorial many times and i tagged u in Instagram i hope one day u can see it and give your feedback ..thank for teaching us

  68. Mark July 20, 2019 at 8:13 am

    That was very good! Thank you for sharing!!

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