Hello friends, today we will be talking about photographing details and the importance of the detail shot. I will be providing you with three tips to carry with you to your next event and to pass my knowledge of still life onto you to aid you improve on your shooting! So let's cut to the chase.
1. Always provide your client and/or vendor with a variety of images. It is never good to be told that they were not enough images to choose from; however, TOO many to quality images to choose from (if time a lots) is never a problem (in my eye). To prep for your day, prepare a shot list, craft a styling board, and prep your mood boards!
2. Light. On-location, the first thing I always search for (after introductions) is light. From there, get your station(s) prepared and make sure that you have at least 3 different backgrounds to work from at this location. Remember, you can bring texture with you.
3. Give your subject matter physical interest via texture. Swap out backgrounds, play with light, use the furniture, bridal accessories (if plausible), bring your own texture via scrap booking paper/texture boards, and always work your angles.
Example: If I am photographing food, florals, or an invitation suite, I may want to give physical interest by swapping out backgrounds and adding texture, or change the "mood" of the session by switching up the lighting atmosphere. Again, this all comes back to the style of your photography and the mood you are interested in conveying.
Questions, comments? Drop me a line in the comments! Have fun folks and happy shooting!