Today, I'll be talking about shooting in pairs, combining wide shots with tighter detail shots, and why I love them.
When doing any still life product or lifestyle food photos, I always start with a wide establishing shot showing the whole item or product. This sets the scene for the viewer and creates a simple idea of what they're looking at without any distractions.
Here, we can see I've used this establishing shot to create a feeling of what's going on, then below with tighter framing, focusing in on the contents of the bowl with the honey drizzling on the figs.
These detail shots are great when paired up with wide shots as they focus close in on interesting details, to draw the viewer in give a feeling like you're right there looking at something in detail.
For me, it takes me back to my origins with photography of using a Macro lens I'd grabbed on eBay, and when I was shooting lots of things super close up at a really shallow aperture.
This method really lends itself to combining different styles too - Below, we can see I've used a black & white shot of my Dad, Graham at Thackerys Cookery School, in his kitchen doing prep before one of his cookery courses.
Being a B&W photo of a person, it makes you look straight at the subject in the wide establishing shot; then after, his surroundings to then set the scene.
This B&W photo acts as a foundation to have other photos follow - For this shoot, I paired black & white wide shots of Graham cooking, with lovely natural photos of his beautiful food being served.
We can see that by having a wide shot of the kitchen area, then following it with a close detail shot of his finished dish in colour, it works really well together and it keeps the message really simple - Here is a chef, and here is the food that he makes.
Details also really help at adding to a brands narrative, as well as adding lots of filler content for the coming year, for use on social media and for filling out pages of a website.
Whenever on commission, I always supply 2-3 photos per product when shooting, so you can always get lots of use out of each shoots photos for a long time to come.