Examples of bottles shot with controlled lighting:
In #6 the reflection of a light is visible on the bottle, which is distracting from the overall image. The label is also not clearly readable, compared to several of the others, where the labels have been exposed for and most likely blended in post-production.
This article by Photography Firm had some useful tips on photographing glassware, including one tip I promptly forgot about dusting the bottle before shooting.
I set up the bottle on a bar top, which has a bare brick wall behind it. My Canon 80D was set on the tripod a couple of metres away, with the following settings: ISO 100; f/11; and 1/125 s shutter speed. I made a stripbox out of black card and greaseproof paper, and for shooting the background I made a snoot out of black card and tape. #thisisartattack
I optimised the images in ACR, stacked them in Adobe PS and created layer masks to bring through the elements I wanted from each.
Once I was happy with the composition, I made the relevant adjustments (dodge and burn, sharpening, and cropping) and added a border:
When I reshoot, I will try a more neutral background and set up the bottle farther from it. I’ll also try to position it further back on the bar to align up the label more neatly, and make sure it’s free from dust and fingerprints before commencing the shoot.