How to Add Texture and Visual Interest to Cocktail Photos

the technique Jan 30, 2022

There are some cocktails that just look boring– and there isn't much you can do about it.

Or is there?

Part of being a skilled beverage photographer is creating visual interest. My entire job is taking photos of poison in cups (that's probably the silliest way of explaining it, but it's not exactly wrong). Unless the subject is a cocktail that is elaborately garnished, or served in cool glassware, most drinks are pretty basic in appearance. So the true skill is being able capture that drink from a certain angle or in a certain light that really makes it shine.

There a lot of different methods for creating visual interest in cocktail photography (I mean, there's a whole e-course about it *wink*) but one of my favorite and simple tactics is "the ripple shot." You can also check out my hashtag #RippleMeThis on Instagram to see how photographers around the world have employed this simple tactic.

I created a free 8 minute tutorial on YouTube (click here) where I walk you through how to execute the ripple shot yourself. Check it out and let me know what you think!



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