Good photography is much less about the gear you don’t have and much more about using the gear you do have.In this video, Brandon of figandlight shows how to shoot a high-quality reflective bottle using simple tools available cheaply around the home and a cell phone. By doing so, he effectively illustrates that good photography is less about the best and newest gear and much more about know how to use what you have.
Step-by-step instructions are provided about how to compose the image, what tools were used, as well as camera settings. Emphasis is placed on ideating the final image and shooting in a way that pays respect to the final image. In practical terms, for this particular shoot, for example, this meant underexposing the image slightly so as to preserve details in the highlights; and then brightening the overall image in post-production.
Photography, quite literally means to “write with light.” Know how to light a subject or a scene is paramount to this practice. There are many freely available resources online including YouTube channels such as figandlight. However, I do believe it’s also of great value to invest in your education when you reach a point where freely available resources aren’t quite cutting it, so to speak.