If you're searching for more tricks of the trade to level up your product styling and photography game, this simple solution might just be the answer!
You may be surprised to discover that glycerin has become a must-have accessory in any product stylists tool belt. This versatile formula is easy to apply, long lasting and adds to the aesthetic value of the product.
Find out how you can use to enhance a variety of different products in a practical way using glycerin.
Glycerin is an odorless, colourless thick liquid with a sweet taste that has a variety of uses for skincare products as well as food and drinks. This compound is cheap and can be bought in pharmacies or online.
The transparent nature of glycerin makes it a great substitute for water texture when shooting skincare products which are often photographed in the context of cleansing or freshly washed.
Because of its consistency glycerin is much easier to place and manipulate in comparison to water which ultimately gives you more control on your shoot.
With glycerin's syrupy liquid texture, you can use it to add stylish water droplet details to your product such as creative dot patterns and swirls. The thicker nature of the medium means you’ll have more control to create defined decorative patterns and shapes that won’t trickle away.
Another way you can use glycerin is to make realistic looking dew drops to make your images look fresher. By adding glycerin to water, this will help in bonding the water molecules together so they can create bigger dew drops.
If you want to highlight the texture of a serum product in your shot, but don’t want to waste a precious drop of the actual product, glycerin can be a great alternative.
Provided your product formula is also transparent, using glycerin gives you a cheap and plentiful medium to experiment with different effects like drips and oozes.
Adding water texture to a perspex or glass panel can help to add freshly showered context to your product. Glycerin can be used to create more defined droplets that won’t budge or drip onto your set. Simply mix your glycerin with water and spray directly onto your panel for a clean fresh look with less mess.
Most pre-packaged drinks are designed to be served cold and the chances are that if you are shooting this type of product you’ll need to make it look chilled and refreshing.
Keeping beverages ice cold on set can be challenging - especially if you are on location or shooting for long periods of time. Luckily glycerin can come to the rescue with long lasting condensation that will last for weeks.
You can fake a natural looking condensation effect by mixing glycerin with water and spraying it to your bottle, can, or glass. See our demonstration videos here if you want the exact ratios and instructions.
This technique gives you a more lasting and controlled chilled look compared to the natural condensation process.
Just like with bottles and cans you can apply condensation directly to glassware to make it look extra chilled. The transparent qualities of glass teamed with condensation adds beautiful textural detail that you can enhance with different lighting effects.
Many photographers opt to use reusable replica ice cubes in drinks photography due to the practical long lasting effect. To make your ice look extra realistic you can spray on glycerin droplets to mimic the look of condensation inside the glass.
If you’re curious to know how to make replica ice, here’s how to create fake ice cubes that look like the real deal for your next drinks photoshoot.
Glycerin’s long-lasting effect compared to natural condensation or water droplets is a game-changer for both product and beverage photography. Now there are many more ways to use this styling trick so don’t hesitate to have fun with a little bit of glycerin and experiment!
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