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A couple years ago I shot a restaurant's menu. They are now ready to expand to catering and have added some items to their menu. In our discussion they mentioned that incidentals (sodas, pastries and such) are stock images. I thought I'd shoot some of these incidentals for my own stock site with the intentions of selling them the rights. Might as well keep it al inhouse.

This is the first one I set up for stock, which I branded here with their logo. I'm also including a BTS shot of the setup (prior to pouring the sodas).
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Duck wrote:
Mon Apr 08, 2019 4:33 pm
A couple years ago I shot a restaurant's menu. They are now ready to expand to catering and have added some items to their menu. In our discussion they mentioned that incidentals (sodas, pastries and such) are stock images. I thought I'd shoot some of these incidentals for my own stock site with the intentions of selling them the rights. Might as well keep it al inhouse.

This is the first one I set up for stock, which I branded here with their logo. I'm also including a BTS shot of the setup (prior to pouring the sodas).

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I always look at your product photos from the perspective of a customer with a camera rather than a critic. I like: the way you've got only a few of the cups showing the label, the odd angle which makes it more arty and "modern" than if they were set straight, and the frothiness of the contents (whatever it really is - I've seen articles about how what's in product photos is often very different from the product itself).

Nice to see how big the tent of photography really is.

Your studio still scares me.
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minniev wrote:
Mon Apr 08, 2019 5:15 pm
I always look at your product photos from the perspective of a customer with a camera rather than a critic. I like: the way you've got only a few of the cups showing the label, the odd angle which makes it more arty and "modern" than if they were set straight, and the frothiness of the contents (whatever it really is - I've seen articles about how what's in product photos is often very different from the product itself).

Nice to see how big the tent of photography really is.

Your studio still scares me.
Thank you, Minnie. In this case it really is soda. Cheap $.69 liter bottles of soda from Walmart :D
The logos were added in post. One of the benefits of being a graphic artist as well.

One of these days I should do a video walkthrough of my studio for you guys to see. Don't know how much interest anyone has in it but it's my little 'man cave'.
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Mon Apr 08, 2019 9:40 pm

Thank you, Minnie. In this case it really is soda. Cheap $.69 liter bottles of soda from Walmart :D
The logos were added in post. One of the benefits of being a graphic artist as well.

One of these days I should do a video walkthrough of my studio for you guys to see. Don't know how much interest anyone has in it but it's my little 'man cave'.
It might make an interesting thread to post photos of our work areas. Yours and Ernst's would put the others of us to shame but we all are following our muses, even if slowly and with a limp.

I should have taken a photo this morning of my "studio" :D . I belong to a 52 group, and this week's assignment was photographing water drops. Unable to find my flash or my tripod, I tied a sandwich bag full of water to a gooseneck lamp with a shoestring, put a glass bowl under it, poked a hole in the bag, and shot away. Since there wasn't enough light from the lamp, I laid my headlamp beside the bowl to shine from the side.
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minniev wrote:
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I should have taken a photo this morning of my "studio" :D . I belong to a 52 group, and this week's assignment was photographing water drops. Unable to find my flash or my tripod, I tied a sandwich bag full of water to a gooseneck lamp with a shoestring, put a glass bowl under it, poked a hole in the bag, and shot away. Since there wasn't enough light from the lamp, I laid my headlamp beside the bowl to shine from the side.
Which only goes to prove, you don't need fancy equipment to make a good photo. Just the imagination and willingness to work it.
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An excellent display I could learn from !!! Maybe you could teach us a little bit of this technique while at Monhegan? I would be interest in knowing more. :thumbup:
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Duck wrote:
Mon Apr 08, 2019 4:33 pm
A couple years ago I shot a restaurant's menu. They are now ready to expand to catering and have added some items to their menu. In our discussion they mentioned that incidentals (sodas, pastries and such) are stock images. I thought I'd shoot some of these incidentals for my own stock site with the intentions of selling them the rights. Might as well keep it al inhouse.

This is the first one I set up for stock, which I branded here with their logo. I'm also including a BTS shot of the setup (prior to pouring the sodas).
I like the perspective but something about the background bothers me, I think the color is too close to the soda, but it could just be me. S-
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Sat Mar 28, 2020 8:19 am
I like the perspective but something about the background bothers me, I think the color is too close to the soda, but it could just be me. S-

The tabletop was chosen to match that of the restaurant's but yes, the sodas on the far end do tend to get lost.

I actually want to redo a soda shoot. Hopefully soon. :)
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Duck wrote:
Sun Mar 29, 2020 6:50 am
The tabletop was chosen to match that of the restaurant's but yes, the sodas on the far end do tend to get lost.

I actually want to redo a soda shoot. Hopefully soon. :)
With color theory in mind, and what do you do to compensate? S-
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Post by Duck »

With the existing shot, the trick is to find a balance of color among the various glasses without looking 'staged'. By switching the Mountain Dew with the Root Beer I would create the needed contrast on the end and reduce the lost feeling. However, that would put the two dark colas like bookends. Maybe not a bad thing, I guess but at the time I was trying to avoid too symmetrical a composition.

I could also adjust the contrast by darkening the end of the table during the shoot, or even shifting the color a bit with gels. Something to explore when I try again. :)
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