These two scenes were shot in a studio on a phototable with two types of light. For the darker image a theatrical spot was used, while a diffused bigger light with a wider cone was used for the lighter one. I guess one could debate if specular highlights on glass is ok or not, but for this scene, I didn’t mind it showing.
The jar is a standard IKEA-jar and the label was made in Photoshop and attached with rubber cement. I took inspiration from the Tabasco-logo and used similar fonts. If you look closely you can see that I put “Morristown” where it usually says “Avery Island LA” (if you don’t know what I’m talking about, go to your local store and get a bottle of Tabasco). This because the original Evil Dead-film was shot in Morristown, Tennessee.
Simply put: Hard light gives you a very dramatic look with clearly defined shadows and tones on the lit object, while soft light gives you less defined shadows and a softer overall tone on your object. This of course applies to faces so before shooting portraits it’s a good idea to plan ahead which type of light to use. For dramatic shots, hard light is great. For beautyshots, go with the softer light. Of course there are exceptions to every rule but my point is; have a plan.