In a recent conversation between an Argentine friend and two tourists visiting from the United States, I overheard my friend explain the most important things in Argentine culture, wine was among those at the top of the list. Whether you’re here in Argentina for a short visit, you’ve relocated here for an extended stay, or you call it your home, delicious Argentine wine is one of the great benefits of living in a wine making country.
If you’re looking to capture your wine experience here in Argentina in a creative way, check out the following tips on how to photograph your glass of wine.
1) Think about your lighting – Natural light is great when it comes to photographing wine, in a bottle or in a glass. Because you’re photographing glass, a flash will give off reflections of light, which can work for or against you. Try to make your shot work with the light that you have using natural reflections and highlights.
2) Think about interesting angles – A shot taken straight at your wine glass can be ordinary. Try spicing it up by thinking about taking your shot from different angles – from above, at a high angle, at a low angle, off to the side.
3) Consider your background – Make sure your background isn’t distracting from your delicious glass of wine, but adding to it instead! One of the best ways to do this is by blurring your background by opening up your aperture (ie. putting your aperture on a low number, see our post explaining aperture if you’re still not sure what I mean). If your camera doesn’t do aperture, try getting close to your glass or bottle and focusing in on it. If you’re close enough, your background should blur on its own.
4) Stay focused – Make sure your focus is set on the wine glass or bottle… or at least that your focus is set intentionally exactly where you want it to be. If you are taking a macro shot, your focus could be on the rim of the glass or right on the name that appears on the bottle’s label. Think about where you want your focus to be and set it accordingly.
5) Don’t be afraid to use props – Props like corks, a person’s hand, or a plate with some tapas on it can be a great addition to a wine photo. Just make sure the props add to the quality of the image and don’t take away from your subject: the wine!
All of these tips are great for photographing wine, but they can also be applied to a lot of other photographic subjects as well. The key to a great photo is experimenting and trying to think outside the box. Cheers and Happy Shooting!
*All photos courtesy of Jocelyn Mandryk