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PRO Perfect Beverage Lighting and Retouching
Difficulty: Intermediate , Length: 2:30 HR
• Learn Secrets of Food & Beverage Photography
• Composite Images
• Step By Step Lighting Instruction
• Detailed Retouching

We are Introducing one of the world's top food and beverage photographers to Phlearn and taking you through step by step of his entire photography process.

If you are looking to become a great food and beverage photographer this PRO will blow you away and place you miles ahead of the competition.

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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!

Phlearn PRO beverage retouch Before 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.

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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.

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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.

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Post Production

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!

Making Waves

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.

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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.

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Creating Compostion

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.

Phlearn PRO Photoshop Tutorial Perfect Beverage Lighting and Retouching
Phlearn PRO Photoshop Tutorial Perfect Beverage Lighting and Retouching

Enhancing Color

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.

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Lemons Splashing

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.

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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.

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Final Image

Phlearn PRO Photoshop Tutorial Perfect Beverage Lighting and Retouching
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  • http://www.facebook.com/wozniak1987 Jacek Woźniak

    damn you! I spend more on phlearn pros a month than I do on food! WTPH?! :P I simply cannot resist :D It’s so addictive it should be illegal ;) but on a serious note… you make tutorials on subject that I always wanted experiment or already did experiment with :) Light ribbons with dance (did not succeed in that yet unfortunately), pin up, drink shots and so on… Give me an automotive phlearn pro and I am golden :)

    when it comes to bottles and drinks I made two attempts… one complicated composite and second simple clean and almost out of the camera shots with little retouching

    I loved both techniques and my favourite composite was with shutter drag and fibre optics as sparks :)
    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/–bs2ihIw4Zs/ToWgLBboN9I/AAAAAAAAALo/2IRb_vHQesk/s1600/DSC_8413-Edit.jpg

    many other light painted examples are on my blog (in Polish… but ask me a question and I will share the lighting tools) http://jacekwphoto.blogspot.com/2011/09/desperados-i-malowanie-swiatem.html
    (btw… I wonder if anyone will guess how I did the rainbow :D for many it still remains a secret and a puzzle :D )

    and the clean shots are here with a setup visible at the end of the post http://jacekwphoto.blogspot.com/2012/12/voda.html
    only bg light changed (no light, gels, and blown out)

    cheers!

  • O’Shea

    Thanks you for this!!! I have been looking for this type of tutorial for a long time.

  • http://twitter.com/RGGPhoto RGG Photo

    That’s so great to hear!

  • http://twitter.com/RGGPhoto RGG Photo

    Awesome Jacek. We will check out your stuff. What other types of tutorials would you like to see?

  • http://www.facebook.com/carlos.rodriguezmunoz.5 Carlos Rodríguez Muñoz

    I love these tutorials. I’ve been maken somes shots like yours ! I think this is perfect to improve them ! Thanks a lot ! Here it’s a example http://500px.com/photo/27983823 !

  • http://www.facebook.com/lemaguerkevin Kevin Le Maguer

    Really good tips ! I liked it, great tutorial. But the music background during the photoshoot is kind of annoying ! :D

  • Mark ODonnell

    Rob and Aaron, Thank you for this. I am building a portfolio and your tips and techniques are very useful. I would love to see some food photography to compliment this. Hot, cold, high key, low key… Loved Part one of the interview too. So much great info.
    Take care.

  • http://www.facebook.com/wozniak1987 Jacek Woźniak

    Please do an automotive photography tutorial with an awesome luxurious car :) It’s like a shiny bottle but bigger :)

    Or maybe a food shoot would be great, because your food and drink shots are flawless and I think you have plenty secret techniques to share :) I tried food twice… Once with very pleasing (to my taste) effects http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Q6LnrgFSF-M/T9jskPtLY3I/AAAAAAAAAwQ/wd6M_Pw6SDo/s1600/Capture0013-145-Edit.jpg (more here http://jacekwphoto.blogspot.com/2012/06/vege.html) and once I tried to use a big diffusion panel to imitate window light but the pictures came up too flat… I think I had the food too close to the panel and had no prominent highlights… example here: http://jacekwphoto.pl/pliki/food.jpg

  • http://www.facebook.com/ravensborg Ron Ravensborg

    Bought and watched the tutorial. Excellent post-production training, as usual. However, I really expected to see much more of the photography work, as well. i.e. “In this first part of this tutorial Rob Grimm shows you everything you need to do in order to perfectly capture water splashing,” (Did I miss this somehow?)

    I was hoping to see Rob taking shots, manipulating product, show how to light a water tank, and talking about his process to get those awesome photos that you make even, um, awesome-er…? Any hope of seeing that? I would have gladly paid even more. Really.

  • http://phlearn.com Aaron Nace

    Thanks for letting us know!

  • http://phlearn.com Aaron Nace

    Hey Ron,

    Thanks so much for your comments! We did film many hours of content and then spent days combing through and editing it down to make sure it provided a lot of information without being too long. If you would prefer the photography part of the tutorial we can make future PROs longer when it comes to photography.

    I will look through our footage to see if there are any more great points, and if so I will send them out to everyone. This is our first product of this type and we are happy to grow and learn through your comments.

    Thanks again.
    Aaron

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000444872554 Abraham Yang

    I want more of this! Yes! Thank you so much Aaron and Phlearn.

  • TIm R

    Have to agree with Ron on this. Though there were a lot of industry “secrets,” the shoot wasn’t covered (I’ve only watched that part so far). Mentioned the polarizing lights but didn’t show how it was used in the shot. Didn’t see how to shoot the lemons. None of that. Lesson to me: this is a retouching show, not a photography show.

  • Vincent

    Hello,

    I Have to agree with some of the previous comment. The “shooting” part was a bit of a disappointment. We didn’t see any lemon (except for the joke at the very end) and nothing on the tank (even tough Robb said he was going to show us how to build it at the beginning of the video). I was much more interested in the shooting part than the retouching part… There is still some good info in there.

  • http://phlearn.com Aaron Nace

    Thanks Tim, we will work on our wording and make sure to include more photography in the following tutorials!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=545156836 Stefaan Declerck

    Great! Looking forward to that! Btw i love the PRO’s and with more photography included as well this will be even better and greater :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1454250017 Austin Martel Adair Williams

    The reflection doesnt make sense. there are ice crystals that are in the reflected that aren’t in the original bottle. Great image overall though.

  • disqus_bZSkQHGXD1

    The drinking glass seems to disappear behind the Limonata bottle. Glass is also a lens, yet there is no sign of the curvature of the drinking glass in the Sanpellegrino bottle? I know they were photographed separately, but it does make for a case of “The Disappearing Glass”.

  • disqus_bZSkQHGXD1

    The drinking glass seems to disappear behind the Limonata bottle. Glass is also a lens, yet there is no sign of the curvature of the drinking glass in the Sanpellegrino bottle? I know they were photographed separately, but it does make for a case of “The Disappearing Glass”.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ronaldsanterrephotography R.S.

    Awesome, more photography segments will make your tutorials a winner as lighting is such an important part… Thanks

  • http://www.facebook.com/ronaldsanterrephotography R.S.

    You should release a Director’s Cut of this Tutorial with the footage that didn’t make the cut ;-)

  • http://twitter.com/crawshaws s c

    http://robgrimmphoto.com/phlearn/ right at the bottom of the article Rob talks about how he sets up his lights etc. :)

  • Mario Bertolini

    sorry but i am not happy with this tutorial. the photography part is to short and i missed some details especially the part of how you taking the pictures of the dropping lemons. The retouching part is great as we know it from aaron ;)

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