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Window on Texas: Shooting Liquids in Bottles

Texas Highways Photo Editor Griff Smith demonstrates a simple technique to make liquids in bottles glow without causing flash glare. Recorded at Garrison Brothers Distillery in Hye, Texas.

Window on Texas, June 2013

While touring the Garrison Brothers Distillery in Hye, visitors walk through the barrel barn where the distillery ages its bourbon before bottling.

The conditions in the barrel barn are favorable for the production of bourbon, but not as conducive to photographing the bottled product. In the dim lighting, the liquid may wind up looking flat or the bottle might look dark.

On assignment for an upcoming Texas Highways article about bourbon tours, Photo Editor Griff Smith employed special techniques to make the liquid stand out and imbue the bottle with a distinctive glow.

Griff shows how he used a white card and lighting to help a bottle of bourbon shine among the aging barrels. “Otherwise, it would look dark and lifeless,” Griff said. Garrison Brothers Distillery is at 1827 Hye Albert Road in Hye.

Be sure to check out Texas Highways Photo Editor J. Griffis Smith's other photography how-to's covering a wide range of topics for all skill levels.

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