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Tricks of the Trade: Photographing Liquids

with Chris Grey
Master the pour, the splash and the perfect shot with liquid photography skills!

Find out how to use simple props and expert lighting to create striking liquid imagery! Award-winning commercial photographer Chris Grey reveals industry secrets to help you create masterful photographs of bottles, cocktails, pours, splashes and much more. Learn how to use strategic lighting to create impressive images and discover quick tricks that add contrast, texture and detail to your photos. Find out how to use key lights and soft boxes to capture glasses and bottles with a stunning lit-from-within look. Use strobes and specialized gear for flawless shots of liquid being poured and master the splash with a lesson on freezing motion. Plus, discover essential post-processing skills, including how to combine the best components of multiple images into a striking composite.  

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Lesson 1. Getting Started

  • Meet your instructor, professional photographer Chris Grey, and hear about the joys and challenges of photographing liquids. Then, delve into studio and gear needs before Chris introduces you to using a light meter, a studio photographer's best friend.


Lesson 2. Ice Illusions


Lesson 3. Appetizing Photographs


Lesson 4. Drama on the Rocks


Lesson 5. Freeze the Pour


Lesson 6. Make a Splash


Lesson 7. Perfect the Image

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