How to Take Great Cocktail Photos for Instagram

How to Take Great Cocktail Photos for Instagram

Jahla Seppanen of The Manual, which touts itself as “The Essential Guide for Men,” recently published an interview with Elliot Clarke aka the “Apartment Bartender” with tips and tricks for taking great cocktail photos for one’s Instagram feed. Although the interview is aimed at casual photographers, there are a few useful nuggets of info for anyone wanting to improve their product or cocktail photography.

Elliot Clarke is a guy who worked in corporate America who discovered a passion for bartending. After taking a bartending class, he cornered the market of being a self-proclaimed “Apartment Bartender” knowing that there was an excellent niche for regular guys (that is to say, not trained mixologists) wanting to understand how to mix a great cocktail. With his newly found brand came the understanding that he also needed to take great cocktail shots on his Instagram account.

In the interview with The Manual, Clarke gives great tips on how to compose, light, and edit a good cocktail photo. He also makes great suggestions on the type of accessories to purchase to improve your cocktail photos (and your cocktail making). 

Although the interview leans heavily on phone photography, there is something to learn in regards to composition and lighting of cocktail shots as product and food photography often require different lighting than portrait photography.

If you’ve ever considered diving into the world of cocktail photos, or just love a good cocktail and want to share a picture of it to the world, check out all six photography tips given on The Manual’s website.

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Danette is a Las Vegas-based wedding and elopement photographer who's photographed over 1,500 weddings and elopements in 14 different states. She has a passion for teaching business and helping other creative entrepreneurs succeed. She also loves cats, Harry Potter, and the occasional video game.

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How to take "instagram worthy" pictures ? Seriously? Is Instagram a currency now ?
As much as I liked the recent post "Are Photographers Aboard a Sinking Ship?" which was about the future of photography's value, it's a shame to observe that in addition to people in general, photographers themselves are devaluing photography.

I'm not wanting to put anyone's nose out of joint, but seriously!?, These are considered great cocktail photographs??

Is there a video for this interview?