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Old 02-09-2009, 02:40 PM   #1
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Default Request for a sticky: Tutorial on Beer Photography (Beer in a glass)

Hello all! I am not very into photography and don't know too much about it. I have fiddled with some settings on my camera (point and click variety) but have not gotten good results when trying to take pics of my beers.

Many people post mouth watering pictures of their latest brews and I find that whenever I do the same, my beers look terrible on camera.

If someone with some knowledge would be so kind as to do a small write up about how to light, and shoot a beer to make it look good, I would be much obliged.

It would be great if you could do it with a point and click style camera. Give us some tips, lighting ideas, angles, anything that might help.

Thanks a bunch!!!!

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Old 02-09-2009, 02:57 PM   #2
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wooohooo drinking pictures! These are not quality pictures, but I will post some up when I have the time.



Took that with my old p+s Fujifilm Z1.


Off of my iPhone.


Tips for taking a good shot:
-Make sure you have a keen eye for what you are trying to frame
-indirect lighting = 100x better than flash or direct lighting.
-rule of thirds. Read into it a bit.

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Old 02-09-2009, 03:00 PM   #3
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Strobist: How To: DIY $10 Macro Photo Studio

Also, one way to make use of the on-board flash in a macro situation without blowing out the image is to cut a piece of plastic off of a milk container (not the paper cartons obviously). Roll it up so that it forms a slight curve and tape it over the flash. It's a poor man's softbox/diffuser.
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Awesome! So I just make this little box, use a work lamp for light source, and take pics with no flash on my camera?

What was the tungsten correction he was talking about? Is that for if I use a halogen for my light source? What if I just use an incandescent bulb for the light?

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There is a tutorial on here with similar info to that light box link but does have some beer specific stuff in it...

I'll go look...

Edit: Found it!!!

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f14/photographing-beer-96603/

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The best picture, i've ever taken of beer was taken after I'd drank about 8 pints of the black stuff, and just randomly shot my camera at my beer. So to answer your question, how do you take a good picture of beer? I've no idea.

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Also, one way to make use of the on-board flash in a macro situation without blowing out the image is to cut a piece of plastic off of a milk container (not the paper cartons obviously). Roll it up so that it forms a slight curve and tape it over the flash. It's a poor man's softbox/diffuser.

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Good lighting on the subject with dark background and open the F-stop so there is short depth of field.








Or just use your cell phone.


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The tungsten correction helps "warm up" your picture and make the colours closer to what your eye sees. If you don't use it you tend to get a slightly bluish tint to everything. I've found that a piece of white paper taped across my on-board flash helps a lot to reduce the washout and still give you a good fill of lighting. Back lighting is ideal if you can do it though.

For a point and shoot you may not have the color correction, though many of the newer ones do. If you don't, incandescent or natural light is your best bet. If you can get a light shining through the beer from the side and also a dark but well lit background (out doors is good here) you can show off the color and clarity of the beer.

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Strobist: How To: DIY $10 Macro Photo Studio

Also, one way to make use of the on-board flash in a macro situation without blowing out the image is to cut a piece of plastic off of a milk container (not the paper cartons obviously). Roll it up so that it forms a slight curve and tape it over the flash. It's a poor man's softbox/diffuser.
Lol serious thread resurrection attempt here. Has anyone used one of these homemade light boxes to shoot homebrew? Please post....
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