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I recently came across this vodka brand and loved the bottle design. It photographs beautifully with a simple lighting setup:

© Donald J. Fadel, Jr. |

I used the shadow under the bottle (created by taping a lens cap under my shooting table) to add some dimension.

Wanting to notch it up even more,  I used a reflective surface and added a splash and some color to the classic martini shot to accompany the bottle:

© Donald J. Fadel, Jr. |

I tied the color of the liquid to the red band around the cap, adding some punch to what is essentially a monochrome shot. The olives on the table, in addition to a clue that this is a martini, keep it from having that selective color look (one I think is overdone and hard to pull off). The background gradient, coming from left to right, is also a different technique that I think works well in this composition.

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