I found a bottle of Maker's Mark Whiskey in my parent's liquor cabinet and decided it needed to be photographed.
Here was my first test shot, with some white foam core I have leftover from a project. I tried to use it to reflect light from the bottom, but it ended up being more distracting than helpful, so I nixed it.
I realized what I needed was some light shining through the bottle, so I grabbed one of my hotlights and tried a few angles to see how I could light the liquid. Aside from the failed exposure, I didn't like this shot because the light shone through on only part of the label. So I moved it to underneath the bottle as seen here:
I'm using 1 SB600 with my ghetto-dish (tupperware + paper) and a white foam core reflector.
I borrowed a few members from my mom's nativity scene to hold up the reflector:
They did a great job.
I ended up at 1/13 second at f/4, ISO 200.
Here's the final product!
30 minutes to set up, shoot and tear down. Good thing too; I'm not sure my mom loved me having a studio set up in the living room.
Also, I downloaded the Strobox app free for iPhone/iPod Touch. Works like a charm