Style: Food Photographer, Food Photography – Gusto Oils & Vinegars
Very, very nice… that’s all we can say. Fine balsamic, superb dressings and yes stunningly flavoured oils – from the very hot to the subtle flavours of lemon. As with all bottle shots in food photography, composition rules are challenged. How – well all the interesting stuff goes on at counter level and then you put a bottle no matter how tall into it and you then have a bit of a skyscraper! The composition is instantly stretched in two directions. Yes, you can be creative and shoot downwards or even place the bottle on their side to be very creative, but in food photography for a product shoot the bottle is all important! So we chopped its head off! Sorry, the shoulders upwards held little interest and the label was at should height so we got the cropping block out and ‘off with its head’. This drastic action gave a little more balance. Then the issue was styling.
On this occasion, we deliberately placed the subject – in crass jargon the hero… – to the right. Then we styled the background to rise up the bottle (or simply adding background depth). The result of this clever styling is the bottle is accompanied consistently with interest and the composition becomes balanced. Did we say food photography is less about cameras and more about styling! Food stylists – totally unsung absolute heroes, the same for clever prop stylists!
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