The other day, I stumbled upon this video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NB74oogL9c) on food photography that discussed “styling to the camera”. It was a very interesting concept that really made sense when it comes to setting up your shot to get the minute details set one little step at a time. Luckily, an internal company contest was announced just a few days after watching the video so it presented the perfect opportunity to try this workflow out!
First off, let’s talk about the basic setup I had for this shoot. I shot with my D7000 and Tamron 60mm f/2.0 Macro lens (I RARELY use a different lens these days) set on a tripod that I’ve already pre-framed. I was also shooting tethered so that I can see the images pop up on a bigger screen as soon as I shoot them. I find that shooting tethered is so much easier when you’re reviewing the images.
For the prep work, I always try to make a quick sketch of the final image that I would want to build for the day of the shoot. Especially for something like this where I’m shooting just one item, it makes things so much quicker once I actually start preparing the “set”.
Now on to the actual shoot! I’ll just show the sequence of images and have the explanations in the captions. Enjoy!
I really hope this was a useful breakdown! The image didn’t look exactly like how I planned it in the sketch but the main elements were there. If you do have any questions, do ask away in the comments section below. Cheers!