Mugler Angel Product Shoot

Discover the precision lighting techniques you need to shoot fragrances like a pro.

Do you want to learn how to capture professional-quality advertising photos of fragrances like this one? In this easy-to-follow class, you’ll discover the tools and techniques involved in producing this stunning Mugler Angel product shot.

You’ll learn how to stage the bottle in a creative, eye-catching way. Next, you’ll begin building your lighting setup. You’ll start with the background, achieving a perfect off-white graduated glow. Next, you’ll move on to lighting the product itself.

The big challenge on a shoot like this is achieving perfect lighting on multiple different textures – chrome lid, glass bottle, and acrylic rods. How can you create gorgeous gradients on the lid while also adding sparkling specular highlights to the different faces of the bottle? Karl breaks it down, step by step.

You’ll learn how to use lights ranging from bare bulbs to Picolites. You’ll also experiment with modifiers including scrims, grids, and Fresnel lenses. Once you’ve got the lighting just right, it’s time to capture all the different shots you need to create the polished final image in post-production.

In this class:

  • Lighting techniques for product photography
  • Ad-style fragrance photography tips
  • How to light different textures in one shot
  • Achieving perfect background lighting
  • How to use a scrim
  • Fresnel lens photography
  • Capturing multiple shots for compositing

By the end of this class, you’ll feel be equipped and inspired to push your creativity forward and take your fragrance product photography to the next level.

To learn how to composite, edit and retouch this image, watch Mugler Angel | Post-Production.

If you enjoy this class, be sure to try Dior Sauvage Photoshoot and Acrylic Rods Hair Product Shoot.

Questions? Please post them in the comments below.

© Karl Taylor


  1. Gary Stasiuk

    Karl.. I have a question about scrims and it doesn’t specifically have to do with this photoshoot. I built two large scrims, large as I could, the width of the scrim material and more than 2 meters. They are terrific for overhead situations and I use them all the time for bottle shoots. I find them are a little cumbersome when I need to work smaller. I have seen BTS vids & images where smaller scrims are used in a closer purposely constrained situation. I’m looking for recommendations you might make for truly useful smaller scrim sizes. I’m guessing.. maybe 1m x 1.4m. I’m gauging the size on pieces of frosted acrylic I have. They are somewhat heavy in comparison but have a fantastic gradient. What is a very useful smaller scrim size?

    1. Hi Gary, I often use pieces of acrylic as scrims if I can support them but I also have some 1.1m x 1.1m scrim frames for smaller stuff.

    1. That technique could work for many products but it is designed more for flat lay catalogue shots than this type of shot.

  2. Hi Karl. I see you using that low light stand for the p70 quite frequently. May I ask what brand it is? It looks very conveniently sized..


    1. amberKTE

      Hi there, thank you for your comment.

      We are currently working hard on adding subtitles in 9 languages to this class. This is a manual process which we do in-house, this is something that we are continuing to work on and will be continuing to add to classes.

      We will ensure that this class will be available to watch with Chinese subtitles as soon as possible 🙂

  3. Gary Stasiuk

    Hey Karl.. a helpful bit of material to have around the studio to prevent damages to things like acrylic rods is vinyl fabric.. I just cut it into strips and wrap it around the rods or around the corners of sheet acrylic when I have to clamp them .. or products. Another super useful item is that heavy duty foam you can pick up at DIY stores for floors.. looks like giant puzzle pieces. I use that in clamps around items to prevent damage or to prevent crushing things as well.

  4. Wrote before the scrim was talked about, I was just looking for a way to reduce post work . Have a good one

  5. Question why not support the bottle by having the flat acrylic rod from the top so it does not go through the round rods . Seems like an easier option to me Thanks for the show

    1. Hi, because my lighting was coming from an overhead scrim and if the rod was coming from the top it would likely have interfered with my scrim. But your thinking is good so a right angle rod coming from the top would have been a good idea.

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