USING SHOTBOX - Techniques
There are many ways that an image can be shot: from above, from the front, from an angle, close up, from a distance, with the entire image in the frame, with a portion of the image in the frame, and on and on. Here are several shots that we took when my husband made his famous Chicken Noodle Soup and Rosemary Bread.
In the first photo, we staged the soup and the bread together on a wooden cutting board and took the picture from above, capturing the texture of the salted top of the bread as well as the sponginess of each slice and the vibrant colors of the vegetables in the soup.
In the second photo, we focused on capturing the essence of the bread. Again, the photo was shot from above but this picture is zoomed out so that the entire loaf of bread is in the shot.
In the third picture, we focused on a spoonful of soup. We used a small fill light to illuminate the vegetables. noodles and chicken in the spoon, making them the focus of the picture. You can still see the bowl of soup in the background but it is darker and a bit blurry and is not what your eye is drawn to.
The fourth picture focuses just on the soup. Again, the picture is taken from above. Because soup doesn't have height or dimension on its own and is dependent upon the container that it is in, a shot from any other angle would have made the bowl the focus of the picture and that is not what we were looking for. It is an interesting bowl but the soup is what we really want to see.
Lastly, we have a shot of the Rosemary Bread on it's own. This picture was taken with the smartphone sitting in the detachable platform that allows you to capture the photo at various front angles and from different heights. The platform has additional lighting attatched to it that really helps to illuminate the subject.
You can see that playing with the camera angles, lighting and the composition of your subject really makes a difference in how your pictures turn out. Don't be afraid to try different techniques to find out what works for you!
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Photo shot with SHOTBOX and my Samsung Galaxy S5 Smartphone.