How to shoot cocktails – studio photography tutorial


– In this five minutes
photography tutorial, I’m going to show you how
to shoot this composition. Sweetened milk, Elmer’s Glue, whipping cream, real cream and some fake ice, three strobes and
candlelight, and the image. This is a short version of
the full workshop that we had for Pro Club members at Photigy Pro Club. If you want to see
everything, all the details, go to Photigy and watch it there. What do we need? You need to mix Elmer’s Glue,
sweetened condensed milk, real milk into in the cocktail, okay. Then, you need to have some
ice, fake ice, and nice glass. Clean it, if needed, put some ice in it (bag rustling) Oh, this is not real ice of course. This is a rubber, it’s actually resin but it looks like real ice. If you want to find out what
it is, and how we made it, go to workshop number 66 or
you can watch another video, here is the link that
posted on Photigy channel and I explain how to make this ice. Cold brewed coffee, it’s
clear, it’s nice, it’s dark and I mix it with water
and make it coffee. Using Photigy effects,
50S medium format camera with 80mm lens, this lens is about 50mm if you use 45, 35mm camera. We’ll be shooting from top. Let’s talk about light, I have
three lights plus one candle. First light is here, you can
see that I create a gradient. Okay, this is why we
need to have a diffuser. This light with sharp angle,
touching with one side, okay it’s touching one side. It creates a gradient, check it out. The reflection on the
glass on the left side is what is made by this. If, let’s say, I have by this
light, if I have it here, check out what will happen. It will move actually,
yeah, and won’t be on the, well you can see the light view right. It won’t be on the edge. I want this light to be on
the edge and be a gradient. This way we showing the walling, the showing that it’s not flat, it’s a cylindrical subject. Okay, so now we have it on the edge. One more light, what light? Top light, let’s turn it on. This light shoots from top, okay, it highlights the composition, it highlights everything
that is on the table, okay. Then we need one more
light, what kind of light? Background light, background
light we shoot it, I have very soft background
light and it’s there. You can see the result, okay. The focus is on the glass. It has beautiful, beautiful focus, well actually can adjust it a little bit. Uh, let me do this right now. Double tap on the screen
and make it in focus. Of course we use manual
focus, it’s super important. I was telling this, we use manual focus. Okay, and now when we have all this, let’s turn on the candlelight. You see, it’s very, very, almost invisible one 500th of a second, it’s
not a good shutter speed to capture continuous light. What I’m doing, I’m
shutting down the light that I have in studio and
changing the shutter speed to be four seconds, okay. Now all the light in the
studio, except the laptop light and little bit of model light, is off. 4 seconds shutter speed, F 6.3, ISO 100. I didn’t touch anything except shutter. Use remote control of course. (camera beeping) So there is no shakiness in the camera and we have this image. Now it’s time to turn
back, turn everything back to one 500th of a second, why, because I’m going to do motion. I’m going to have our stuff
to go inside the glass, okay. And for this, I need to
have faster frame rate. So I’m shooting at continuous mode now. Let’s do this. (camera clicking) Okay, and the last piece is a creamer. (cream foaming) Creamer goes on top then
some chocolate goes on top and shooting, shooting fast. It was a fast version of
over one hour workshop, okay, plus over one hour post-production because this is actually a composite shot and there is a reason for this. If you want to watch it, go
to Pro Club and it’s there. Join us anytime, you’re
welcome to be part of Pro Club. We are the best place to
learn product photography. Okay, see you on the workshop,
subscribe to the channel, next time I’ll be posting short video from the next workshop as well. Okay, see you, goodbye. (high pitched clicking) (long calm note) Real cream, a professional
product photographer, sharp angle turn on, turn it on.

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