International Wine Photography Day – Wine Photography Tips #1: Lighting

Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year is delighted to present International Wine Photography Day this month, 13th November 2019. To celebrate all things vinous, this day encourages people to get snapping innovative images of wine and wine-related subjects.


‘I think the International Wine Photography Day is so important nowadays that everything is communicated by pictures in the social medias, it enables us to share experiences, amazing landscapes of the vineyards and also the beautiful handcrafted processes of viticulture and winemaking. We would like to invite everyone to join us and post their pictures on this special day!’ – Magui Chadwick, Family Ambassador, Viňa Errazuriz and Viňa Seňa.




Food Photographer and esteemed 2019 judge, Chio Fernández has joined us to share some top tips on how to photograph wine. From how to light your shot,  to styling your shot, from a minimalist look to creating a story and framing for a perfect picture.




When it comes to food photography (including wine), the easiest and most effective way of lighting your subject is to use natural light. All you need is a window to create a very natural, soft source of light.

Wine will always look more appetising and inviting under natural or ambient light, than if you use flash lighting. People will connect to your image when the context is relatable to them.


Find a nice surface near a window where you can take advantage of the natural light.

If you are lucky to have a bright sun shining through your windows, don’t be scared to play with blinds and shadows to create texture in your shot.

Sometimes if there is no access to a good source of natural light a good alternative is ambient light. A warm candlelit scene will go well with a glass of wine. Try fairy lights in the background with a shallow depth of field for a festive or romantic touch. There is no need to use flash or studio lighting.


Keep posted for Styling and Framing tips.

Keen to raise a glass (and a camera) to celebrate #WinePhotographyDay on 13th November 2019? Take a look at our past winners for inspiration.

If you have some outstanding wine photography why not take the next step and enter the Errazuriz Wine Photographer of the Year category

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