Feel festive with fizz
Flip party scenes upside-down using James Paterson’s trick of shooting through a glass of fizz
Take a seasonal picture with a difference: through a glass of bubbly!
It’s not just the alcohol in a glass of bubbly that can make the world seem topsy-turvy. When light passes through the wine, refraction causes it to bend, while the glass makes it appear upside-down. We can use this to shoot a fun photo. You could just as easily use sparkling water for the effect, but as there’s plenty of champagne flowing at this time of year, a glass of fizz seems appropriate. The bubbles add a nice touch, and champagne flutes have an attractive curvature that can be accentuated by placing them in a staggered line.
Before you start, think about the scene you want to capture in your glasses – you don’t want it to be too cluttered. We shot someone silhouetted against a bright window so that she stands out clearly. We also placed the green wine bottle behind one of the glasses to add a splash of colour. It’s worth experimenting with other objects, poses and patterns for your own take on the refracted and inverted scene.