Well after getting some inspiration from Doug Rosa and Mark Laita’s portfolios I had to go on a little shopping trip. I wanted to see if I could find some white reflective table surface for cosmetic and beverage studio shoots. I knew of a material, but I didnt know what it was called so I went to Home Depot and Lowes to see if anyone could help me. I found out the stuff is called acrylic, but neither of them kept any in stock. You have to custom order a whole box and the price was way too rich for my blood. So I did a bit of googling and found this place called Alco plastics in Louisville, KY. I’m sure any of you can do a local search and find a similar place.
I drove there the other day and perused their warehouse inventory. They had the white acrylic, but I ended up buying natural high density board. I thought it was a bit glossier than acrylic anddddddd it was cheaper. Here is the basic light setup for the shot above. Two softboxes, camera right and camera left, black cards on either side of the product (They were later removed for compositing purposes as you will see later), a light blowing out the backdrop, and a bare head straight overhead of the product.
For the final image, I ended up using several images and compositing them together. I have indicated in this image what I took from each picture. The last little touch was to add the yellow gradient in photoshop, which I think really set it off.