Working to a Brief 14: White Wine

For our fourteenth Working to a Brief assignment, we're tasking you with recreating the white wine shot Karl captures in one of our classic classes.

You’ll find all the details you need to complete the brief below, as well as in the accompanying live show. We highly recommend watching this show (live or as a replay) as it may feature additional useful information and advice!

You'll also want to watch our White Wine Photography class for a full understanding of what Karl's looking for and how to achieve it.

Although the deadline for the submissions are now closed and we are no longer accepting entries,  you are welcome to still take part in it and tag us in your results! 

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Thursday 28th September (15:00 BST / 10:00 EDT)

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Produce a professional-quality white wine photograph featuring a bottle and a glass of white wine on a white surface, against a white background. The bottle should be green and beaded with cold-look condensation.


The image will promote the wine to potential customers, making it look sophisticated, luxurious, fresh, refreshing and desirable.


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Art Director's visual


One green bottle of white wine, one clear glass of white wine.


The sketch above illustrates a suggested composition and layout for the image. Crop is at the artist's discretion.


The mood should be clean, fresh, sophisticated and luxurious.

The image below (the final image from our White Wine Photography class) should serve as your inspiration.


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Mood 1


The lighting should make the wine look as desirable as possible.

The indentation at the base of the bottle should be lit to prevent it from drawing too much of the viewer's attention.

The label on the bottle should be lit in such a way that the brand name is easy to read.

The wine glass should be lit in a way that achieves a pleasing gradient in the wine.

Watch White Wine Photography for further lighting guidance.


The surface and background should both be white.

The green bottle should have visible cold-look condensation.

The green bottle should be full of wine and still sealed (screw cap or cork). The glass should be full of wine.

The label on the bottle should face the camera and be clearly legible (i.e. not obscured by condensation or shadow).

Annotated brief sketch

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Brief summary

  • One green bottle of white wine and one glass of white wine
  • White surface and background
  • Bottle and glass reflected in white surface
  • Bottle label clearly legible
  • Beads of condensation on the bottle
  • Gradient lighting on wine in glass
  • Indentation at base of bottle lit to prevent distraction

    This brief is for example purposes only. This is not a professional commercial brief and all requirements are purely for educational purposes.

    Please note all images will remain copyright to the original photographer, but Visual Education reserves the right to publish them within its website and on social media.

    Submit Your Image

    The deadline for entry is 10th September 2023. Karl will review all the submissions LIVE on 28th September 2023.

    To view the entry form login or non-members sign-up here to join Visual Education.

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