Edit ModuleShow Tags

The Sip: Q&A with photographer Paul Body

Meet Paul Body, photographer for San Diego’s Top Brewers


A new book from Chefs Press, highlighting San Diego’s beer scene, with behind-the-scenes profiles of 18 award-winning breweries, the best craft beer bars, and more than two dozen beer-inspired recipes, will be available this fall. And while beer-loving locals are aware of San Diego’s world-class beer scene, it’s surprising how difficult getting the perfect photo of a pint can be. Paul Body, the photographer for the book, talks about the heady challenges of photographing beer.

What do you have to take into consideration when shooting beer?  When shooting beer, you have to realize it’s relatively clear and there is generally going to be glassware involved. Plus, it has a short life span, so you have to be ready to go when it hits the set.

What tricks do you have for getting perfect lighting? What, you want me to give it all away here? People will realize how easy it is! You do have to learn how glassware works lighting-wise and you have to make sure the beer has an effervescent quality to it. A general rule of thumb is, if it looks like you want to drink it, then that’s good! I definitely went for dark and moody with big highlights.

Any funny stories from the beer shoots? We were at Green Flash finishing up shooting. Bruce Glassman, from Chefs Press, was going to interview the brewmaster, Chuck Silva, so I stick around, and out comes a major flight of beers. I’m looking at my watch and it’s 12:30 on a Tuesday, but, come on, Chuck Silva is going to talk about his beers as you go through them? I was in! His beers aren’t for the faint of heart and there are a lot of them, so he keeps talking and, of course, I don’t want to be rude and not finish each taster. So I keep tasting and… let’s just say that when we finished, I ended up supine in the back of my truck for a while.

What were you most surprised to learn about the local brewing scene?
I was surprised to find out how world-class San Diego beers are. Most people kind of know we are good, but not this good! San Diego bagged first place at the World Beer Cup—that’s pretty impressive! There is so much talent here. One of the cool things about the book is that it’s not just a guide to where you can get beer. It also looks at the craftsmanship that makes the San Diego scene so world-class.


Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

More »Related Stories

San Diego's Best New Restaurants 2015

From upscale modern Mexican to a hole-in-the-wall Thai spot, food critic Troy Johnson reveals his 10 favorite new eateries of 2015

La Vida Vegan: Donut Turn Around

Vegan pastries? Nomad Donuts made me a believer.

New Restaurant: The Nolen

The neighborhood long known for boozy revelry is getting a splash of sophistication
Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Most Popular

  1. Dear Chargers, It's Over
    A pre-emptive breakup letter to the team we love
  2. Healthcare Goes High-Tech
    Dr. Eric Topol is putting health care in the palms of our hands
  3. Be Seen This Fall in Rancho Mirage
    Enter To Win a 2 Night Stay Package at The Luxurious Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa
  4. Growing Up in San Diego
    26 memories of being a kid in America's Finest City
  5. Incoming: Liberty Public Market
    San Diego's big public market unveils three big new concepts
  6. FIRST LOOK: Duke's La Jolla
    For decades, Top of the Cove in La Jolla held one of the most iconic restaurant spots in San Diego. Now they've finally filled that space. Take an exclusive first look at Duke's La Jolla.
Edit ModuleShow Tags


October is Rideshare Month

Join the Rideshare 2015 Challenge and get there together

Go Ahead... Ask McMillin!

At McMillin Realty, we are encouraging you to bring us your real estate questions. We will answer these questions….. for free.
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module
Edit Module

Connect With Us:

Edit ModuleShow Tags


Win Dinner for Two at Black&Blue Steakhouse

Win dinner for two at Black&Blue Steakhouse and $25 in Free Slot Play at Valley View Casino

MADE IN AMERICA — Craft Icons of the 50 States

MADE IN AMERICA is the last exhibition in Mingei International Museum’s American Icons series, celebrating 100 years of folk art, craft and design from coast to coast.
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags