ORBITVU USA BLOG
How long would it take you to take five product images for 100 glass bottles of beer?
Well, it took Honza, Orbitvu’s Product Manager 90 minutes to shoot 500 web-ready images.
Since Honza, is a great beer lover, to get him on board was easy! We purchased 100 different types of craft beers. All of them were glass bottles of varying designs. If you are familiar with photographing glass products you will know that glass can be tricky items to photograph – with multiple issues that you will need to overcome to get high quality, consistent images!
Therefore, knowledge of photographing glass is essential when you have multiple product images to shoot – especially when speed and quality are important factors. Honza, was able to meet his challenge in 3 key steps.
For this photography challenge, Honza used the Alphashot XL Pro v2 – Orbitvu’s all-in-one photo studio with integrated image automation software, Orbitvu Station. The software controls the camera, lights, background, and rotating platform with just a few clicks. The first step was to prepare the device. Since glass is a tricky material to photograph, Honza decided to use some of Orbitvu’s additional accessories. He used a bottle support which allows the light line to describe the product’s shape from top to bottom; an anti-reflection kit to create an environment for shiny and reflective products; and black textile front cover at the back to avoid unwanted reflections.
The next step was to create a template in Orbitvu Station. This step is key when shooting multiple images of a lot of products to ensure image consistency. The software has some predefined templates, but you can also create your own. This is particularly beneficial especially when photographing difficult materials, as in this case. Within the template a user has a lot of control and can set for example, the number of images to take, type of images to export, lighting, angles, camera positions, aperture, shutter speed, IQ mask, etc.
Once Honza created a template, he was happy with, he was set to shoot with peace of mind knowing image consistency would be maintained while achieving high productivity!
Shoot & Export!!
With the device and template ready, the real challenge starts – putting one hundred bottles into the device, one by one, pressing the “capture” button and letting the magic of automated photography happen.
It took Honza about ninety minutes to shoot five hundred images, five per product, and then export and upload them to his demo online beer store! Check out the results for yourself!
Challenge completed? Most definitely – YES!
Results: 100 bottles of beer photographed – 5 web-ready images per bottle of beer – 500 images total in 90 minutes shot and uploaded to the online store!