How to photograph beer glasses?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by rusty2192, Nov 25, 2012.

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    I have a slightly unique situation that I would like to present to the brain-trust that is the Digital Photography forum on Macrumors.

    I have a rather extensive collection of pint glasses for various beers. One of the local pubs in town has a promotion where Wednesdays are "Pint Nights." Basically you get two free pint glasses when you buy a pitcher of beer. I frequented this for a few years during college, building up a collection of at least 50 different glasses, most of which are unique; only a few duplicates. They have now been boxed up in the attic for a few years since I got married and moved into out house so I'm thinking it may be time to part ways with them. Well, most of them. There are some that I will not get rid of, like my 2 liter Spaten boot :)

    Anyway, to the matter at hand: I am thinking of putting them on ebay to get a little money back from them. What kind of cheap small setup should I put together to take photos of them for the auctions? And does anyone have any advice for photographing empty glasses? Or should I fill them for the shots?

    I have the basic equipment (T2i, assorted lenses, etc.), but not much in the way of lighting. I have a 430EXII, radio triggers, shoot-through/reflective umbrella, and that's about it. Would strobes be better for this or would constant lighting?

    If nothing else, maybe this will be a fun brainstorming session for some of you veterans. :D
     
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    r.j.s

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    Since they are for ebay, I'd just use some constant light to light them, probably with a dark background.
     
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    Prodo123

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    With beer, you'd want the dark pub-like atmosphere in the photos. For that, you'll want a preferably dark background, wood tabletop, and warm (and I mean warm) natural lighting. Like the common "Soft White" lights, except dim them a bit. You can even use candlelight!
    If you intend on using a flash, use a tungsten filter on the flash to get the warm tone, then bounce the light on the ceiling to get the natural lighting effect.
    I also think that side or rear illumination will work best.

    Cheers!
     
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    Cliff3

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    The only thing you need beyond what you already have is some sort of background.

    FWIW, I am selling off my Nikon equipment and was taking photos of it today. Here's a photo of my setup, plus one of the gear photos. As you can see, I am using my camera as a commander with an off-camera strobe shooting through an umbrella. I am using a paper background draped over a folding table and I have a white reflector on the side opposite the flash.

    A big piece of white cardboard and a friend (aka: Mr. or Ms. Holder) could easily sub for my fancy reflector.
     

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    BarryJ

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    Beer glasses

    I photograph beer glasses like this:

    [​IMG]

    lol, sorry, I couldn't resist. Good luck with your project.

    BJ
     
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    Since you are shooting them for ebay I would just put some white tissue paper in them against a darker background. It'll show off the shape some and any art on the glass will be accentuated.
     
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    Lighting is key (as always). With most glass type subjects, placing the lights to the side and slightly behind the subject works very well.
     
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    NZed

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    And since its for eBay. HEAVY EDITING;)
     

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