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Apr 25th

Assignment Forty One: The “Pour”…

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Thursday Images:

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You can use beer, or wine, or lemonade, or root beer, or ginger ale… Whatever you want to pour.

The brief:
A close up of a pour shot… it can be from oblique to the camera to straight over top. It must show an interesting ‘splash’ or something interesting in the glass as it is pouring in.

Props include a bottle to pour from, or a can, or a container, and a glass/goblet/container to be poured into.

  • We must see the color of the liquid being poured.
  • We must see the pour into the container.
  • The background must remain uncluttered.
  • The masthead of the magazine must be easily seen.

Lighting Cues:

Often to light something pouring, we need some backlight. Liquid rarely looks good when it is front lit. We lose the liquidity of it, as well as the inherent color – or at least the perceived color of it – with front light.

Whether window or strobe, make sure the light is coming through the liquid.

Shooting Cues:

One way to get a perfect pour is to mount a bottle with no bottom on it. Take a wine bottle and cut off the bottom of it with a glass cutter. Be very careful to do this without having a sharp edge that can cut your hands. Put some masking or gaffers tape along the sharp edge if you have no way to dull it.

Mount the bottle with the spout coming into the frame at the exact point you want it to be, and pour the liquid in from the backside of the open bottle. You can use Gaffers tape to mount the bottle to a stand or boom if you wish… be creative.

If mounting a bottle or can is not going to work, then you must have something to cue you for the pour to make sure the can or bottle is not too close to the glass or out of the frame. I do want to see the vessel pouring as well as what it is being poured into.

Here is a whole page of beer shots for you to examine. Notice the lighting.

Here is a page of wine pouring shots as well.

And for the non-alcoholic approach, here is soda being poured as well.

Do not copy. Look, see and learn… then do something fantastic. It will be going on the cover of a magazine.

Layout is included here.


Michel Beauchamp


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  1. Shane
    May 8, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    Hey Don, I’m here now.

    Got pulled over by the police… Damn tail light…

  2. Leah Dodrill
    May 10, 2014 at 2:36 am

    I have a “my dog ate my homework excuse” although truly am not sure what I’m needing to do to capture a pour situation. I bought 4 bottles of sparkling cider at Costco early this week and today figured out my kid drank it all up! Haha!! Geez. So, I shot #42 just to do something productive, and uploaded it, but will revisit this after watching the critiques.

  3. Tammy Bogestrand
    May 10, 2014 at 7:38 am

    Don. Did you get my image this time? I have just uploaded it. Last time there was a problem with my image for some reason