with Chris Grey
Online Class

Tricks of the Trade: Photographing Liquids

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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.


  • advanced
  • 7 episodes
  • 2h1m

Included in this Class

1. Getting Started

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.

2. Ice Illusions

2. Ice Illusions

Discover how working with plastic ice cubes gives you the time, clarity and control you desire as Chris takes you through his first photographic technique. Learn how to use polarizers to diminish reflections and how to adjust your lighting and camera settings to compensate for their use.

3. Appetizing Photographs

3. Appetizing Photographs

Add warmth and bring out details as Chris demonstrates a variety of ways to shoot beer and soda in and out of the bottle. Construct reflectors and add fill light using card stock. Unlock several secrets for creating a perfect head of foam and find out how a $5 flashlight can give your glass of icy soda an inner glow. Then, Chris guides you through the pitfalls -- imperfect labels, phantom shadows and bottle imperfections -- that are correctable in post-processing.

Recommended with this class

  • Any camera with an external flash connection
  • 50mm lens
  • External speedlight(s)