04. Ginger & Lime Tea Shoot

Switching from food to liquid, Karl and Anna demonstrate the process of photographing ginger and lime tea in this chapter of our food photography course. Together they show you a number of key preparation, styling and lighting techniques that can be applied to food photography as a whole.

Anna details her process of styling a shot, building from the ground up, as Karl demonstrates the importance of lighting and how it can be used to highlight the smallest details in an image.

In this food photography class we cover the following:

  • Product Photography: Food Photography
  • What to consider when photographing liquids
  • Testing and selecting suitable backdrops and props
  • Tips and tricks for avoiding condensation when photographing warm liquids
  • How to light glass objects with studio lighting
  • Precise control of studio lighting for small objects
  • Alternative lighting methods for food photography

You can read more about Anna and her work in our blog post as well as watch her amazing live show here.


  1. Absolutely brilliant…loved the whole process for a simple Ginger Lime tea…to make it really classy..excellent support from Karl..the highlights on the pot and the tea cup is mind blowing…i will try this on my shoots now…thanks Karl & Anna

  2. Love seeing how you worked with the lights and mirrors! Will you be going over how you composed these two images in PS and what other edit you did?

    1. Hi Christina, yes I will in the coming months but the same basic editing tips are covered in our ‘post production’ section.

  3. Another great tutorial! I’m absolutely loving these food videos.

    In the food photography videos, the modelling lights of your lighting always seem to be on. Is this purely for the filming so that we can see the process or are you using the constant modelling light to see where highlights etc will be formed like on the honey spoon?

    1. Hi James, yes we left them on to assist filming, It’s always worth taking a test shot without the flash trigger to see if the modelling lights are having an influencing factor on the picture and if they are of course turn them off or turn them to low power.

  4. Another great tutorial!
    You should pay attention to small details, there’s the difference
    It’s like a puzzle, the richness of detail gives the photo a touch.
    Well done!

  5. Nice work! However, if you’re open to some professional criticism, I would have loved to see the use of Capture One over Lightroom. Its much better raw development engine would have given the colors in this particular shot a more healthy warmth. Imho the shot is too cold and clean and lacks a little soul.

    Also a little steam from the cup would add a nice touch 🙂

  6. A great video, enjoyed watching the respectful mutual of learning curves of two great photographers working together. But I don’t think we’ll see Mr Taylor cutting up honeycomb any time soon. As I was a chef for twenty years this is definitely a genre that appeals to me and I will be giving it a go this week. You’ve definitely inspired me with this one, thank you.

  7. Wow she is a tough customer 🙂 Enjoyed your back and forth with her. It is much nicer working with someone who is passionate about the shoot and gets involved. At the same time I wouldn’t want to be pushing back a lot with the client (just pretending she is a client). I love how you handled a potential “conflict” w.r.t the background selection.

  8. Great tutorial series, I must say I have learned a lot about food and styling. Karl, where do you get those great background boards or are they a DIY item(s) like your custom skrims?

    Keep up the great work.

    1. Hi Gary, yes I think Anna explained that she gets them made at a local woodwork shop. I also find my table tops from second hand furniture stores.

  9. Hi Karl. You’ve told us that Anna was using gloves not to left fingerprints on glass but here you both were touching glass without gloves. Is it so critical to use gloves or may be you can touch handles or edges but nothing else?))
    If you look the photo full size can you see any fingerprints on glass?

  10. Very good tutorial, I would like to talk more about the parameters of the lights, such as power etc.

    1. Hi Rodrigo, I’m afraid I’m going to upset you now because your thinking here is not going to be conducive to productive and creative results in the future. The first thing that you need to be clear on is that even if I gave you the exact power of each light, that without the exact distance or the exact same modifier these mean absolutely nothing. Even if we measured the light falling on the subject with a light meter, the inaccuracies of reflective surfaces or the angle of the light meter would mean that they are all just approximations. You need to stop breath and look at the light and examine it based on what you see or more importantly on what you believe or ‘feel’ it should look like. I can look at any raw picture and I can tell you how it was lit or where the key light is coming from and usually what modifier was used. Please go to the portrait section and watch the first 15 chapters on lighting and you will come away with a different perspective that will literally change the way you think about lighting forever.

  11. Hi Karl!

    I really like the big studio “column” camera stand. Is it a factory piece or a one-on-one design?

    I showed the picture to my favorite store-maker who had the challenge to build a similar … 🙂

    Thank you for your attention!

  12. Wow wonderful video, thankyou. Seeing this video i open my mind in looking detail that i didn’t notice before.

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