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11-10-2013, 03:15 PM   #1
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I would love to be able to take good beer photos. Here is a picture I took today. There are definitely some issues that I recognize and didn't have time to fix. I produced the backlight with a handheld off-camera flash with a cereal box snoot.

1: Glare on the bottle and glass. This was taken in front of a window with sheer blinds. I should have put something up to diffuse the light more.
2: Background is boring and isn't different enough color from the table the beer is on.
3: I need to learn how to do the fake water drop.

Any other advice would be greatly appreciated.




11-10-2013, 03:47 PM   #2
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Not enough head...I would shoot more from upper right maybe.
edit: some OOF taps could make for an interesting background.
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A good first attempt with room for improvement.
I like the general tone of the shot and the color palette. Inducive to drinking ale certainly.
The background is too much and overwhelms the product. Remember, the ale is the hero here and it should dominate the shot.
The angle of the beer in the glass is weak and the presence of text on the glass manages to be distracting and make the viewer think that you made a mistake in not showing it. So a totally clear glass, or one with an unmistakable symbol (like a flag) would work with you.
Regarding the beer I suggest you research some tricks to make it stronger visually. Warming it, and salting it prior to the shot are cheap and easy.
One of many good things about this subject is that you have leftovers.

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Thanks, I don't have any regular glasses without logos on them. I was hoping that the logo would be obscured by being turned to the back, but that wasn't the case.

What do you mean by the angle of the beer in the glass?

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From an expert beer drinker but not photographer.

A very clean, no logo glass, get closer, let the glass sweat of mist it, a neutral background lighter than the beer. I also find a strong overhead light brings out the bubbles.

More later I need to get a beer now.
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Hi

Better softer light, experiment with better backgrounds, put dew and drops on the glass with a nebuliser, and a better head.

How to make a cheap nebuliser:
Take two thin straws, Araldite on straw at right angle over the top opening of the other so that it covers half (or a little les or more, experiment) of the hole.
Then dip the bottom straw in a glass of water and blow through the other you have just glued on top for all you lungs worth. Voila, fine mist.

To get a better head or refresh an old one, again take a straw, block off one end, put a few needle pricks at the end of the straw, dip into the beer just below where you want the head and, you guessed it, blow hard.

To make a head last longer make sure the glass was not washed with detergent. It is said the minute amount of detergent remaining on the glass wall will ruin a good head of beer.

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Would not mind a pint of beer now :-) Good comments above.
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Nice shot. The actual pint needs a little bit more drama.
I like the blurred out rocking chair.

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Best. Subject. Ever.
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I wonder how a really cold glass might look (ie, in the freezer for 10 minutes)? Could be some good condensation on the outside of the glass.

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I want 2 beers now. One to photograph and one to drink while photographing.
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Beers are normally sold as a set of 24. You'll have to drink 23 and photograph one.

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QuoteOriginally posted by sam-joseph Quote
Beers are normally sold as a set of 24. You'll have to drink 23 and photograph one.

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In that order.... Should provide for some interesting photos.
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I suggest photo-stacking using a good macro lens and a focus rail. Photoshop automatically picks the best in focus area of each frame and then merges it nto one 'shot" that is how magazine adds for liquor are produced. You get the excellent in focus detail of a macro lens plus you get as much depth of field as you are willing to invest time to produce. A lot of small increments will produce a startling shot of in focus DOF from the front of the glass and bottle to the rear of the glass and bottle.

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Have a look at this page:

Professional Photography Courses by Karl Taylor Photography

You should find the whiskey shot video useful.
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