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PRO Tutorial: Perfect Beverage Lighting and Retouching
PRO Texture: Lighting Effects
Rob Grimm + Phlearn Collaboration
In collaboration with Robb Grimm Studios we bring you this exclusive Phlearn PRO Tutorial that not only covers retouching in depth, but also goes through an entire food and beverage photo shoot. Rob covers everything from getting ready for the shoot, prepping all of the bottles/glasses, setting up the lighting, and some secrets of the trade.
Rob is one of the top food and beverage photographers in the world and to have him share his secrets of the trade is an amazing resource!
Before & After
Roll over the image to see the before and after!
Amazing Lighting Explained
Taking amazing photos of food and beverage requires amazing light. Rob covers all the secrets of shooting high-end beverage photos and mastering lighting. He has a way of eliminating unnecessary reflections that will blow you away.
Lighting Design and Pre-Production
Rob covers how he creates a style in his photo shoots and how he chooses all the right pieces for a shoot.
Making a Bottle Look Amazing
Most people assume that to take a stunning photo of a bottle you pull a fresh bottle out of an ice chest, place it on set and shoot it. That couldn’t be farther from the actual process. Making a beverage look amazing actually requires knowing all the tricks of the trade. Does it look like there is ice covering the bottle? Guess again, this bottle is warm and the ice is an industry secret.
Lucky for you we share all the secrets in this tutorial.
This wouldn’t be a PRO Tutorial if we didn’t show you how it is all brought together in Photoshop to create a stunning image. We include two hours of Photoshop instruction taking you from straight out of camera to the final image!
The waves in this image are actually a combination of several different photos. Getting them to blend together is not particularly easy and requires lining everything up in a way that will match as well as some masking secrets. We even bring in the liquify tool to enhance the wave forms.
Taking Care of Details
If you are detailed oriented person you are going to love retouching images for the food and beverage industry. The key here is making things perfect, and that means every little detail will need to be taken care of. In this image you can see how we removed all of the pulp from the bottom of the bottle (See before and after image on top of post).
Changing that much about an image and still having to make it look perfect up close isn’t easy and we show you what is necessary to get the job done.
The final image is a composition of 7 different photos placed together to create a seamless piece. Getting everything to line up and come together can be very tricky, but we have methods of making it a lot easier!
Each item has to be cut out from its background and placed onto the image separately, requiring advanced knowledge of masking and selections. We cover it all step by step.
Creating the perfect beverage photo requires showing a brand in the best light possible. This means enhancing color and bringing out the vibrance of all the little details while at the same time sticking to the color branding. Companies spend a lot of time and money working on their branding and color, and when retouching you have to be sure you don’t alter colors.
How do you enhance without altering? We show you in this tutorial.
All of the lemons in this image were photographed separately and composited together into the final. Doing this requires everything to line up just right and for your selections and masking to be perfect.
Capturing and Selecting Water
In this first part of this tutorial Rob Grimm shows you everything you need to do in order to perfectly capture water splashing, and in the retouching portion Aaron Nace takes you through selecting out the droplets and bringing everything together.