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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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Compositing and Retouching

The Finishing Touches

A great deal has changed since the days when all images were captured on film. It used to be common to finish a shoot, have the film processed, and then hand the images to the client. Rarely were the photographers responsible for any further steps. Some photographers see the extra work as a negative, but in truth, today’s processes offer photographers additional control and allow them to hand off a higher quality product.

This section shall address two distinct, but related topics. The first, Compositing, which includes when and how to capture multiple parts of a beer and then composite them after capture, and second, Retouching, which is required regardless how, when, or where the image was captured. ...

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