Product Photography Tutorial: How to Get ‘Clinique’ Style Product Shots

When it comes to product photography, the smallest changes in lighting and setup can completely alter the final image, for better or worse. This applies doubly to objects like perfume bottles where you have both transparent and reflective surfaces to deal with.

Here to help with a rather simple fix for making sure photographing these products stays as hassle-free and gorgeous as possible is photographer Andrew Boey, who gives us a rundown on how to make use of a simple piece of ‘hybrid’ gear to get “clinique” quality product shots.


Combining a well-known tool in product photography, the M-flag, with a Zebra Flag, Boey created the — wait for it — “Zebra M-Flag.” This hybrid card is meant to give precise, hard shadows on the reflective surface while you light up the transparent glass from behind and below simultaneously.

In addition to this hybrid tool, Boey also shares some great tips on solving problems that often arise when photographing transparent without the M Flag. The video comes in at eight minutes long, but it’s well worth the watch for anyone wanting to step up their product photography game.

(via Picture Correct)

  • Logan Luckey

    good tut thanks

  • Richard Horsfield

    The absolute end of this video is hilarious!

  • Mario Liedtke

    Great Guy!


    Very nice of him to share.

  • docholliday666

    …or, I could just light it with two stripbanks and be done with it.

  • Randell

    Great tips…Nice to see someone from the Nikon Academy use speedlites from another cheaper manufacturer. They do the job just as well.

  • Matias Gonua

    Great video

  • Martin King

    What a load of rubbish ! Was it supposed to be funny ?

  • MMielech

    Incredibly amateurish. But then again, I guess that’s the market. Look at what Scott Kelby has wrought.

    Shooting still life without a tripod? sheesh. And it’s not quite kosher to be flashing to a final, retouched image after every click of the shutter. It’s not that easy, kiddies.


    Yes, I never understood the pocket flash craze. No modeling light, limited power, battery issues. I’ll stick to professional flash equipment.

  • Brandon Rechten

    Portability, size, cost…

  • The_Michael

    I guess I have been using the wrong terms for a decade. Always called them reflectors or bounce cards. Learned that from guys (and glas) shooting since the 80s. Of course the zebra thingy is a little more convenient than two reflectors (sorry – flags) and a black card (sorry – flag) with a hole in it to hide behind.

  • louisleblanc

    I’d say the opposite, just shows he knows his stuff and doesn’t feel the need to hide behind thousands of dollars of gear to explain the shot, and he’s gear close to what most people have available to them.

    He’s giving a workshop to amateurs that seem to be beginning in still life. I commend him because he’s engaging his student! Sure he’s not using a tripod but everybody gets a chance to shoot. Possibly why he’s shooting with an optical slave. I think he did a fine job breaking it down to the essentials and sharing info about something he loves.

  • docholliday666

    Hmmm. My Bron’s didn’t cost that much, are really portable, and aren’t that big. Especially considering the better quality of light (predictable!) and less spray and pray that I have to do to get my final shots to my client – quickly. Of course, most of these pocketlight people don’t own (or if they do, don’t know how to use) a light meter, so they spray about 10 shots to “dial in” their exposure.