Photography is a two dimensional medium. No surprise there. So how do you make something look three dimensional? When photographing a beverage bottle or anything with contours and shape, how to show it? That’s where you’re lighting comes in. How you light the bottle will show its shape. A bottle has a continuous curve. You want to show that. A light that gradually drops off as it goes around the bottle will do more to show the shape than a thin line of light straight down the side. If you want your beverage photography to really appear to have dimension, consider a softer light that wraps more around the bottle rather than a thin line of light down the sides.
Beverage Photography splash shots are a lot of fun. Set up takes a good amount of planning and prep but when you get started throwing wine or beer around, it’s a great time. Granted you can make quite a mess. Make sure you have plenty of paper towels ready to go. You’ll also need a good amount of the Beverage you want to photograph. You’ll be surprised at how fast you can run out of it. Also be ready for the place you’re shooting to smell like that beverage for a good while, no matter how well you may clean up.
Recently, I was the guest of Lyn Morton on the EOS Photographer Podcast. We talked about how I got started in Beverage Photography and Food Photography. Check it out to learn more about beverage photography. Check out other episodes of the EOS Photographer Podcast to learn more about Canon cameras in particular and photography in general. Here’s the link to the show
The Day is Done
And the night shall be filled with music
And the cares that infest the day,
Shall fold their tents
And silently steal away
As a beverage photographer, ice is very important. For the perfect ice cube, water is taken from the purest of springs in unmolested lands. Transported by the swiftest of steeds across the tundra, driven by monks who have taken an oath of silence. Wisked into an underground cave with a natural temperature of -5 Celsius for a period of no less than 3 months. The block of ice is than cut into cubes by poet ninjas. The cubes were wrapped in silk and delivered to me by white doves. Any questions? That’s ice worthy of being in a fine beverage photograph. ;)
Why I’m a Food Photographer? I spent time as a wedding photographer. I’ve photographed people, landscapes, cityscapes and street photography, so what was it about food and beverages that really took hold of me?
Looking back on my days so far, almost every great moment with family and friends involved either food or drink or both. Going back to when I was a kid, I remember the holidays when the family would come over and we’d gather around the dinning room table and spend the entire day there. The food would come out in waves, dishes would be cleared, another wave of food, coffee would follow with desert. We’d be laughing or arguing but no matter what the memories are good.
Later on in life, keg parties or getting together with friends for at a bar. Friends having a good Meeting someone new over coffee or a dinner.
See the thread here. Food and drink is always involved. When we gather as people we do so over a meal or in a place to sit with a drink and socialize. That’s where real connections are made. That’s where life really happens. The important parts of life for me anyway.
So it’s not surprising that Food Photography and Beverage Photography is my “chosen” type of photography. Sure I photograph other things and I find that fun and fulfilling as well. But photographing food and beverages is what I really love to do. I do it for clients and I do it for myself just for the fun and challenge of it. That is where my passion is.
I’ve been a food photographer for years now. I love it. Being a beverage photographer can be a lighting challenge some times, but you can usually enjoy a drink after you’ve gotten the shot. In short, I am a Food and Beverage Photographer simply because I love it.