Personal Lubricant Use in Professional Photography

I’ve been reading lots of tutorials on how professionals create some fantastic product photos, and some of the tricks used are rather clever. For example, some food items do not photograph well, so the “milk” in cereal is actually watered-down glue. The ice you see in that liquor ad are actually acrylic…

And they use glycerin to create “water droplets” on “freshly washed” vegetables. They use a 50/50 mixture of glycerin and water and use a spray bottle to apply the droplets, which adhere well to nearly any surface. I cannot find glycerin for the life of me… not in the food isle, not in the skin-care isle, and I’ve even gone to exotic stores that have just about everything but can’t find any.


And then I realized that one of the major ingredients in “personal lubricant” is glycerin… and I have PLENTY of that laying around. Fifty-fifty mixture + spray bottle = mouth-watering droplets! Although you probably don’t want to eat the food afterwards, even if you wash it off…

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