The perfect pint & condensation cold look

How does Karl get the condensation droplets so prefect? How does he make the liquid glow? If you like beer then hopefully this advertising shot is making you thirsty. If it is then this image has succeeded in its purpose of implementing a thought in your mind and driving desirability. But how was it lit, crafted and shot? Find out exactly how in this chapter so that you too can take shots just like this.


  1. Hi Karl, Can you share your photo shoot tutorial,cut apple cider bottle with half cut apple inside
    behind you in this tutorial

    1. Hi Anish, that shoot wasn’t filmed as a tutorial, it was shoot for a client that wasn’t filmed at the time.

  2. Hello Karl, I got the stuff as you recommended, and its really great, the only problem Im getting its that Im getting very tiny “condensation” particles or drops on the bottles or glasses. I haven’t tried another spray bottle for the mix, but is there any Tip for making those bigger?

  3. Hi Karl,
    I really love your tutorials, i have learnt a lot over the past few weeks. One question though, in taking pictures of drinks and wanting to give that droplet feel on the glass, are there any other recommendations aside from Corn Syrup/Liquid glucose? I can’t seem to find those product in my locality. I saw a golden syrup though, not sure if it’ll work but i would like to have any other recommendations you have. Thanks

  4. Hi Karl…really enjoyed this tutorial. I have a couple questions:
    1. You mentioned 2 parts warm water…how many parts the other stuff?
    2. Once you have sprayed the varnish, do you need to wait for it to completely dry before you spray the glucose/water mix?

    Thank you

    1. Hi this is just a rough guide but it I found anywhere from 60% water to 40% water works but it depends on the spray bottle you are using and how good the nozzle is, sometimes they get clogged up which is why I prefer to use warm water. The varnish must be dry and then.

      1. Thank you Karl!
        I did it and looks very real, a bit messy first time but next time I will know better 🙂

  5. Ha hah ha its as if this is also a cooking tutorial…….. wonderful love your energy Karl.
    I have tried to duplicate the droplets using a Corn Syrup instead of Liquid Glucose, not sure of the difference between the two, but, the droplets are not solidifying like yours, and it has been just under 24 hours. How long did it take your droplets to harden before the bottle could be handled? Thank you for your time Chef

    1. Hi Gerry, corn syrup should be the same. Try reducing the water percentage of your mix and make sure you treat the glass first as described in the video.

  6. Hi Karl
    I’m about to shot a beer bottle.
    I bought Krylon UV Resistant clear acrylic coating (MATT) from the art store.
    I now see that I shouldn’t have bought the UV resistant matt.
    Will there be a difference?
    I have been told not to use fixative on beer bottles.

  7. Some of those Grolsch cans look empty before you poured for the shot. Did you perhaps test the freshness of the beer before filming? Ha! Cheers!

  8. Hi Karl,
    Is there any section throughout the programme where you explain a little bit more in detail what you are actually doing in this tutorial at the moment 11.00 and onwards, when you are taking the precise white balance?

  9. Hi, Carle, I’d like to know what’s the name of the spray paint you use? I also want to know the sign of the glucose?

  10. Hi Karl, thank you for sharing this solution but I can’t find the liquid for the fake droplet from local market. What is product name on the label ?

    tks and happy new year.

  11. Hi Karl, no your answer is great! Just wanted to see if you were aware of any laws that I wasn’t privy to, in which I could be sued for doing so whilst being completely unaware. Lol. Thanks for replying!

  12. Hi Karl, new to the channel and loving it! Great work all-round. Quick question for you, what are the legalities of taking product shots (with branding) and putting them up on your site or in your portfolio? Do you need to obscure the branding? For example, if you have a Jack Daniel’s whiskey bottle, are you safe if you have it angled to the side with part of the branding showing, or do you need to remove it completely from the shot? Thanks, Karl. Kyle

    1. Hi Kyle, this is a common question and there is no firm answer i’m afraid. Some brands will allow photographers who produce good work to shoot their brands and publish as long as it is not detrimental to their brand as it’s just extra publicity but other brands may not like the work and could request it be removed. But lots of photographers do shoot brands for test shots and portfolio work so it’s really up to you to decide. Sorry I can’t be more specific on this one.

  13. Hi Karl, brilliant video as usual. I actually have this one on your advertising photography DVD, but still great to see again, in fact this is probably the 10th time I have watched it 🙂
    You use a five light setup on this shoot. If you only had 4 lights, which one would you lose, and why please?

    1. Hi Kevin, thanks for your business over the years and I’m sure you are going to enjoy a lot of the new stuff here on KTE. Have you checked out the first 15 theoretical chapters on LightSource in the portrait section, these are going down really well even with those interested in the product photography stuff. We have loot of new stuff coming soon as well as the live shows too. In answer to your question then I think could loose the overhead fill light and replace with some white foam board over the top of the softboxes if necessary. Cheers Karl.

  14. Hi Karl

    What could you recommend for software to use with the colour checker for Canon shooters ( as opposed to Hasselblad’s “Phocus” software?

    1. Hi Alan, You can use Lightroom or Capture One. Both of these software have the ability to measure colour values and neutralise.

  15. Hi, Karl Taylor when you apply the varnish on the glass how long do you wait before mixing and putting the liquid glucose ?

  16. as you said it will harden after being dry. is it removable after it gets dry. I don’t want my mom after me for ruining the glass 🙂

  17. Karl… I am new here.

    I notice on a number of the Product Shot videos I have reviewed so far, that with your Hasselblad you seem to use a faster shutter speed (say 1/350 o 1/500) than what the sync speeds are on say a Canon DSLR.

    If I am trying to shoot similar shots with a Canon 5D MkIV with a flash sync-speed limitation of 1/200 sec. how would those shots differ? Maybe in not being able to freeze action of bubbles rising in liquid as well? Any other downsides other than final resolution?

    Awesome videos BTW – as addictive as Game of Thrones!

    1. Hi John, the shutter sync speed has no bearing on ‘freezing’ stuff as that is done by the flash. The only thing you need to worry about with the sync speed is that it is fast enough to cut out the ‘modelling’ lamps or ambient light. You will learn more on this in the course ‘Light Source’ in the portrait section. Cheers Karl.

    1. the one we have doesn’t specify whether its water based or solvent free, it says ‘Artists Clear Picture Varnish – For Oil Colour’ the make of ours is Daler – Rowney in a spray bottle but I’m sure any clear artists varnish for oil would work in the same way, hope this helps

  18. Hi Karl, im know doing an amazon order for bits to have a try at this, the artists varnish do you use water based or solvent free?


  19. Hi Karl, will glycerine and water mix + the varnish give the same results? thats’ currently what I use, but doesn’t harden as you mentioned with glucose. Regarding the shot, i’d like to see a more cylindrical shape as the final results but the drops and condensation looks great. Thanks!

    1. Hi Matteo, no this mix is much better, glycerin doesn’t really do the job, I only use that in food photography.

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