Perhaps you’ve seen these: Radial flare, Edge flare, Skirt flare, Reflection clutter, Flat images, Dirt, Uneven exposure, Illegible labels. They are hard to avoid and detract from a product. Winedog can make these a thing of the past.
Frontal lighting causes this. Light sources must be behind the subject. This can come from a camera-mounted flash or even daylight coming in through a window behind you.
When there is intense light off-center and behind and bottle or glass, a bottle becomes a lens and may bend light directly into the camera.
More lighting problems! If there is a highly reflective surface as a base or excessive overhead light, it may reflect into the area just below the label (around the punt) and begin to ‘blow out’ the white levels.
Unavoidable, without strict light control. Bottles and glasses are round and reflect everything. Have you ever been able to see yourself or the room in one of your photos?
Good photographs call for more than a bottle. Use transitions of light or colors, reflective bases, interesting shadows, rims lights or shadows that lead the eye.
Most DSLR cameras have 24 megapixels of resolution. If it is there, they see it. Dirt, lint, fingerprints and even bugs can be discovered in photographs. Don’t use paper towels. Winedog uses microfiber only. Use strict handling protocols when moving and repositioning. Clean, clean, clean.
Back Label ShowingLack of separation
Bottles and accessories may glom into the background. A low F-Stop value may cause this, But, even more likely, the side colors and shading are the culprit. White wines need black reflective surfaces. Red wines, need black and white.
Illegible or off-center labels
The customer will remember an image, so make it clear and attractive. Make sure your brand name, the wines’ name and characteristics of the label are clearly visible. BTW, it’s a good idea to clear off the vintage year. Few folks read it on the bottle and no one will notice it’s not there. If you have no label changes, it saves you from having to re-shoot that bottle for next years’ catalog.