It turned out to be the perfect assignment: I feel like I learned a lot while setting up and taking this photo. I'm still labouring on in the absence of flashes, so this was lit with two incandescent blubs and a hand-held LED flashlight.
Here are a few things I learned:
- When lighting glass from below, make sure you keep the light away from the front-facing edge of the glass. Otherwise, every little imperfection in the glass glows quite hideously. I accomplished this with some black bristol board.
- Making the liquid a little cloudy also does wonders for hiding imperfections, as well as enhancing the glow. A little milk does the trick.
- 100W bulbs can make duct tape fail, causing lights to crash to the floor.