With everyone having access to smartphones, food photography has been all the rage recently. A sub-category in the 'foodie' realm is drink photography. While photographing drinks requires similar skills to shooting food, there are some nuances to pay attention to. All in all, shooting drinks is not difficult, if you are willing to think about precision and experiment with different angles and lighting.
To celebrate our new photo collection "Drink Up," we have launched a new photo challenge called "Drinks." The challenge is seeking photos of drinks-- from their preparation, presentation, to their consumption! The drinks can be hot, cold, shakes, alcoholic or soft drinks. To help our talented photographer community submit the best photos possible, we have gathered a list of tips and tricks for mouth-watering drink photography.
1. Shoot with a blacklight
Placing your drink in between your camera and a light source provides a more heightened sense of depth because it illuminates the condensation, ice, or carbonation in the drink. This is ideal when a drink is in a clear or translucent glass as it creates a visually pleasing glow. Natural light is always ideal but if that isn't available you can set up a diffusion reflector.
2. Incorporate the ingredients into the composition
Including the ingredient's of the drink in the composition of the photo, beautifully conveys the flavor of the drink. It also makes the photo appear to be more authentic, like it wasn't staged.
3. Add Vivid Garnishes
Drinks call for garnishes. They elevate a drink's appeal by adding complementary texture, color, and creativity to the finished product. If your garnishes are looking a bit dull, dab them with a paper towel and a bit of olive oil!
4. Determine the Best Angle
If you are shooting multiple smaller drinks or want to showcase the distinct ingredients in a glass, shoot from over head. If you are taking a picture of one or two drinks and want to show multiple layers, shoot at a side angle.
5. Integrate Human Elements
By adding a human hand or mouth the image becomes more relatable to viewers. It also emphasizes scale.
6. Maintain the Bubbles
Taking photos of beer can prove to be tricky. Luckily, salt serves as a nucleation point for carbon dioxide, so when it is added to beer it generates more foam. Use a wooden chopstick to stir in salt if the bubbles start to lessen, and your drink will be back to being photo-ready!
7. Know Your Aperture
A wide-open aperture creates a shallow depth of field which makes the drink you are shooting stand out. A small aperture increases depth of field if you want everything to be in focus.