Photographing Physiques: A Tip for Realistic (Long Lasting) Sweat

Written by: Glyn Dewis

Published: July 12, 2012

Category: General

Hi Folks,

Hope all is well with you 🙂

Today I’ve got a short video that I recorded during yesterday’s photo shoot showing a nifty little tip/trick for making it look as though your model is sweating.

Most times when you want to make it look as if your model is sweating because they may be an athlete, a fighter or whatever then simply spraying a fine mist of water from a water bottle will do the trick. The only problem here though, especially if you’re photographing in a studio, is that as soon as your model warms up the water you sprayed on them evaporates and consequently you or your assistant will be having to spray them over and over again every couple of minutes.

However, here’s a tip/trick where by using something as simple as Glycerine you can make the sweat stay around for alot longer meaning you don’t need to keep on using the water spray and you can instead concentrate on shooting.

As always if you have any questions or comments then please feel free to make use of the comments section below. In the mean time though have a great day and I’ll catch you back here tomorrow,
Glyn 🙂


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  1. Ian

    Good tip. You can get glycerine at your chemist in larger bottles, Boots stock it. My wife uses it in cake decorating and I nab some for product photography occupationally.

  2. DaveT

    Nice tip Glyn. Macro photographers do something similar with flowers and leaf stems. You know the one – that classic image of the small droplets running along the bottom edge of a green stem.

  3. Ulrich Schuster

    … thanky you for sharing all your tipps and tricks … I came across you blog because of a post of Calvin Hollywood (just another great guy sharing) keep up the great work greetings from Nuernberg Germany


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