Behind the Lens with Wine



Anyone can take a picture, but doing it well, paying attention to the details, having a good command of the technique, and finding the perfect angle—those things aren’t quite as simple. The powerful cameras on today’s cell phones do, however, go a long way to make the technical parts much easier, while the numerous editing tools allow for quick adjustment to perfect the outcome. Still, everyone has their own little secrets for getting unique results. And that’s just the aim of this post: To share some useful tips and tricks to get the most from your photos.

It only takes a quick look at Instagram to see that anything related to the world of gastronomy is the undisputed star of the majority of posts. #Food #Gastro, #foodie, and #foodporn are hashtags used for millions of images. Every day, the quintessential photography social medium is inundated with amazing dishes, desserts, closeups of food, and multicolored compositions.

Other popular hashtags are those related to the world of wine. Gastronomy is wine and wine is gastronomy. That’s why hashtags such as #winelovers, #wineaddict, and #instawine tend to accompany food posts. However, it’s harder to take pictures of wine, since reflections and glass bottles mean it’s no small feat to get the perfect shot. We’ve gone to Paco Amate from Pig Studio, who regularly works with us, so he can explain the “musts” to consider when taking pictures of wine.

Paco notes that physically, there are two decisive factors in taking a photo: One is common sense, and the other is the light affecting the object. Allow us to explain...

Common sense. Paco points out that using a neutral background isn’t the same as a background with lots of information (context). “Any option is valid and you can play with that. A background with a landscape can be equally effective as one with a nice wall. A bottle on top of a wooden table or holding it in your hand. Or you could decide to take the object out of its context or show it surrounded by other objects.

Light. According to Paco, “there’s always room to play with the ambient light and its direction. There can be backlighting, side lighting, or front lighting. This will affect the photo’s message: idealization, seduction, nostalgia, or simply remembering whatever we took the picture of.

Another element to consider is that it’s much more exciting when there are people in the photo; it’s the best way to make sure it’s not boring. Introduce elements without taking away from the star of the photo: the wine. Here are some ideas that can work: someone uncorking a bottle, pouring the wine, drinking, holding the glass, smelling the wine... A closeup of the cork or reflection of the glass on the table can work, too. Any other ideas?

Lastly, but no less importantly, to take good pictures you should use a tripod to secure the camera and stop it from moving. This is the best solution to avoid having pictures that turn out blurry or unclear, as well as to stop unwanted reflections from appearing.

The theory is easy, but what’s more important is putting it into practice. The vast majority of photographers say the best way to take good pictures is to shoot a large number of photos: trying things out and shooting fearlessly is the best way to learn. The Bodegas Torres blog has some tips that can add to what we’ve explained here. Are you ready?

Wine, camera, and... action!

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