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Building a tabletop studio…

I’m about 2 weeks in to my classes for this semester, and have gotten my first project for my graphic design class. We are to create a mock Absolut ad. So after doing some hunting through stock images, I decided that I’m going to just create on of my own, this way I can get exactly what I’m after (hopefully).

After racking my brain for a bit, I decided to go with the theme Absolut Simplicity. The image being a black background, typical for Absolut ads, with only a tumbler of ice. The Absolut bottle will be in the reflection of the tumbler.

So… how to get the image?

I did a little research online, and found this tutorial here: DIYPhotography.net and decided to give it a try with a few edits, as I don’t actually own any strobes or softboxes, or really any photography equipment besides a camera and a couple of lenses…

Here’s what my creation looks like.

What I used:

  • 2 pieces of scrap black fabric.
  • 3 aluminum turkey pans.
  • 3 work lights. (2 med, 1 small)
  • wax parchment paper. (usually for baking)
  • 1 large box.
  • 1 piece of Plexiglas.
  • 2 old speaker stands.
  • 1 slightly bent clothing rack.
  • a lot of duct tape.

I have to hunt down a nice looking tumbler, and grab a bottle of Absolut still, but I think the little studio came pretty decent. I’ll be posting my results and probably whatever test shots I take soon.