In the middle of summer and into the fall season, you may find yourself picnicking along the colored florals and warm sun with a bottle (or two) of white, rosé, or even a full bodied red. Of course, you will be wanting to share these moments with a good photograph. With glares, reflections, and all too often logo soaked wine glasses, taking the perfect photograph of wine can often be tricky. Here are my top tips for the perfect wine photograph to make it a unique and perfectly balanced image.
When capturing the lovely wine you are sipping on, share it in style! Be unique, pay attention to lighting and angles, then choose the perfect filter to share the best image you can with your friends and family! Read below for more in depth tips on photographing wine.
Get creative! You’ll most likely be sippin’ away next to some fresh flowers, fine cheeses or other great food pairing. Include those in the frame to create a lifestyle shot. Plus, you’ll always remember how good the pairing was with great riesling or sweet rosé you tried for the first time.
Is the lonely wine cork and opener sitting next to your glass? Add those into the shot, but not as the main focus, for a more real life photograph. Don’t forget to include the bottle in the frame if you want to remember what kind you were sipping on in the future!
Natural Lighting. I can’t stress this enough! Even if you are not outside, find a window where you can allow the light to illuminate your glass. This will enhance the look and color of your wine while making the image crisp. Dark lighting produces low quality images that are not fixable!
Always avoid using bright flash if possible! It can not only ruin the look of the wine, but can produce terrible glares on the glass. Go natural!
Create a clear focus on a certain item, with another item in the background to create a full, balanced dimensional image.
Angles, angles, angles. So you want to capture the great time you’re having but want to create a unique photograph at the same time? It is easy peasy if you play with angles. Try standing up and aiming your lens right above your glass to take on a different style photograph!
You can also bend down lower to get on the same level as your wine glass to make the photograph interesting. Get in close with your camera to avoid unflattering backgrounds like a dark doorway or an unattractive wall inside that restaurant you’re eating at.
Filters, filters filters. We’ve all seen that same flat image of a wine glass that is under lit and dull. Make your image stand out by using filters. When choosing the right one, you want to make the image appear to be as natural as possible. Don’t pick a filter that will make your pink rosé turn into a yellow hue. It will be unnatural if you do that. Have a smart phone? My go to photo editing Application is Afterlight. When it comes to choosing filters on a glass of wine, less is more to keep it natural!