One of my favorite North Carolina breweries is Green Man Brewery in Asheville. I grew up among the trees and images of the deity the Green Man always make me feel at home. The Forester is brewed with roasted and chocolate malts and is perfect for the cold weather. Earlier this year we had one of those rare North Carolina snow storms that shut everything down. I was prepared with plenty of beer. I decided to take advantage of the snow and snow day to get in some #beertography.
Green Man Brewery's Forester Winter Stout Even though it was 32 degrees and snow was falling I decided to take some equipment out into the woods where a massive oak tree fell a few years ago. This made for the perfect flat surface (though not completely level) to use for my photo. I took this photo about 5 or 6pm which is why the background is so dark. I had to drag the shutter 13 seconds just for that much light.
For my setup I used a single flash gelled with a CTO into a 60" white shoot through umbrella.
For this image I held the light stand so that the umbrella was positioned right over the top of the beer and bottle. I did my best to get the umbrella as close as possible to the beer to avoid terrible hot spots. I was able to get away with a single light due to the snow acting as a natural light reflector as you can see reflected on the glass. I can't remember exactly what my strobe was set on but I'm sure it was low.
I didn't really do anything in the way of post processing. The background was blue because my flash was covered in the CTO gel and that's what I white balanced for. I may have brushed the label and foam to make them brighter and added a small amount of vignette.
I tried to get a setup shot with my iPhone but it was so dark already that it looks horrible. Here it is anyways.