These are some tips to help improve your drink photography skills. These tips might be helpful when you are dealing with unpredictable drinks and glasses that reflect. Remember, as with all my advice, these tips aren’t hard rules. They are just some things you can consider when shooting your photos.
Tip 1 – Have a plan
A plan is the best tip for drinks photography. Photographing drinks is not about them sitting still for too long while you prepare the scene. You’ll end up with melted ice, beer that isn’t stale, and condensation. Most drinks don’t stay fresh for very long. A plan will speed up your shoot and allow you to concentrate on the perfect shot with your drink at its best.
Planning my shoots involves thinking about the props and backgrounds I’ll use as well as how my lights will be used. Any compositions that I am thinking of, I’ll draw a sketch. These drawings are not meant to be hung in galleries.
Tip 2 – Clean your glass and use gloves
Although it may seem obvious, it is easy to assume that a glass will be clean when you remove it from your cabinet. The photo will show you how much lint and other small pieces may be on your glass. This is not obvious to your eyes, but it will be obvious to you. You can save a lot of time by cleaning your glasses with a microfiber or lint-free cotton cloth before you start editing in Photoshop.
A light can be used to help you see any smudges or bits. Use gloves to handle your glassware. A fingerprint is the last thing you want on your beautifully polished glass.
Tip 3: Choose the Right Glass
A typical glass is used for every drink when photographing drinks. For example, a mojito can be served in a tall glass and an old-fashioned in rock glasses. The glass you use to serve drinks is crucial because it helps to identify the drink. Clear liquid makes a martini look like a martini even though it could be any liquid. This is not only true, but I’m sure bartenders will be posting on social media stating that you have the wrong glass.
Tip 4 – Add texture
Most drinks are smooth, and can feel almost void of texture. Of course, not all drinks are created equal. A cappuccino, for instance, has a wonderful frothy texture. We use garnish and props to add texture to an image. Make sure that they are relevant to the image. Props should not be distracting from the main subject. Garnishes are a great way to add interest to your drink. Most people will serve one. You can add anything you like, from a mint leaf to sugar around the glass’s edge. You should make sure that whatever you use is compatible with the drink. For example, mint and lime in a mojito.
Tip 5: Lighten up Your Drinks
Although this tip is not applicable to all drinks shoots, it can be used to lighten your drinks from the side. This will give your drinks a beautiful glow and reduce reflections.
You can backlight an image by placing your light in front of your camera and your subject behind it. This will give your image a lovely glow effect by letting the light shine through the drinks. This is not suitable for all drinks. Drinks that are thicker might cast shadows on the front of your image. A sidelight may be necessary. To bounce back more light, add a reflector to your image to help with reflections.