Lighting for Beverage and Splash Photography with Aaron Van

Take your beverage photography skills to the next level! Join Aaron Van, an Orlando based commercial food and beverage photographer, for a complete behind the scenes look at everything you need to know to create pro-level photos of beverages. To begin, Aaron takes you through the tools, props, glassware, and light shaping tools he uses every day. From there you’ll join Aaron in studio for a series of shoots where changing up the lighting allows for a variety of creative looks that help to tell a story. Through each lesson Aaron shares tips and techniques for elevating your beverage photography higher and higher. Aaron wraps up the class with a discussion of flash duration for stopping motion in liquid before putting it all together in a final shoot.

What can you expect to get out of this class? Find out below!

Course Outline:

  1. Introduction
  2. Tools, Props, and Glassware Overview
  3. Light Shaping Tools
  4. Light Scene Shoot: Part 1
  5. Drink Styling for Light Scene
  6. Light Scene Shoot: Part 2
  7. Post Production for Light Scene
  8. Dark Scene Shoot: Part 1
  9. Dark Scene Shoot: Part 2
  10. Post Production for Dark Scene
  11. Flash Duration
  12. Final Scene
  13. Post Production for Final Scene

Watch Aaron Van’s latest class—it’s an a complete guide to creating beautiful lighting set ups!

Aaron Van

This is Aaron. A food lover. A photographer. An artist that crafts images that make his viewers crave! Aaron has been intrigued by the visual arts since he was given a Nikon film camera by his grandfather. This sent him down an unknown path that eventually became his career. Right after highschool he began his 20-year career in advertising and was able to hone his eye for composition and practice the styles and methods used in commercial advertising. After a good run in agency life he decided to pursue his passion and open his own photography studio originally focused on families and portraiture. But then in 2015 that all changed. He visited Ireland and fell in love with food—more than before. His desire to capture and share the raw beauty in the details that he saw within a dish grew. And, when he got back to the states he changed his photography business direction from portraiture to food & beverage! He turned his passion into his career and never looked back!