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How to Light Beer: A Photographer’s Guide to Working with Cans, Bottles, and Pours by Brad Bartholomew, Joe Lavine

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Different Types of Beer

Your Choices Start Here

When photographing any subject, every photographer encounters a series of problems that need to be solved and an array of choices that need to made. We’re big proponents of studying the subject before breaking out any background surfaces, props, or lighting gear. What inherent properties does the subject possess that you want to feature? What makes it different from similar subjects, and what you’re trying to say about the subject?

Photographing beer is a classic example of this. On the surface, beer is beer. But when you start to study it, you notice significant differences between various types of this wonderful beverage. Some are light gold and have a shimmery transparent quality while others ...

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