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Friday, January 7, 2011

Random Object Friday: New Weekly Installment

Yesterday was photograph a random object from all angles while making macaroni & cheese day at my house. Well not really, but I did it anyway. Photograph a random object from all angles that is.

So THEN, I had the brilliant idea that I should do a post like this EVERY Friday. Just because it makes me feel all random and stuff. I'm calling it, Random Object Friday! I know, creative right?

Yesterday's pick came in the form of a wine bottle. We got it as a Christmas gift from a family member but I must admit it will most likely never be drunk...or is it dranked? I don't know. We're not big on the whole alcohol consumption thing me and Mario.

Sooo, I decided that before I use it as a seasoning on some chicken dish or something, I should take it's picture. From all angles.

Here's a little insight on what goes on inside my head when shooting objects, much like at a wedding when shooting details and other sparkly goodies. Not based on anything super pofessional or extra technical, just how I do things. So if you like it, cool. And if you hate it, that's cool too.  

First I try to previsualize the shot before I even take it. Then I adjust my settings in manual mode according the the light, compose the shot I see in my head, choose a focal point with my back focus buttom, recompose the shot and then shoot it. I go through this process a few times to get different angles of the same object so that later in post I have a few different options for the final edit.

Sidenote, I don't usually shoot this many angles of the minor details but I do shoot similar to this on important details like the shoes, the bouquet, the dress etc.

Here's a simple horizontal shot. Shot with my favorite 50mm lens, f/1.7, 1/40 shutter speed, iso 200.

Another variation of the horizontal shot. 50mm lens, f/1.7, 1/40 shutter speed, iso 200.
At a wedding I will shoot both horizontal and vertical angles of important details. The shot on the left has the focal point set on the green wrapper. You can see that everything else turned into a buttery mush. The shot on the right has the focal point set on the crown on the large white wrapper minimizing the blur or "buttery mush" in that area and making the words legible. Notice how the green wrapper is now fuzzy. For a final edit I would probably choose the shot on the right. No particular reason other than the words are legible. My personal preferance.  Both were shot with a 50mm, f1.7, 1/25 shutterspeed, iso 200.
Standard vertical shot. Focal point on the "M". 50mm, f1.7, 1/30 shutter speed, iso 200.  

On the left vertical shot from below to make bottle look tall, focal point on the letters. On the right a more creative vertical shot. Left: 50mm, f1.7, 1/30 shutter speed, iso 200. Right: 50mm, f1.7, 1/20 shutterspeed, iso 200.
Lastly, I shot the bottle from above and I think this is my favorite. I love how the wide open f/stop turned most of the image into a creamy delicious buttery mush blending the color of the table into a nice golden brown. Can you tell I'm a girl who enjoys her calories? 50mm, f2.0, 1/30 shutter speed, iso 200.
If you're a photographer out there and you would like to share your process for shooting wedding details feel free to leave a comment below! I would love to learn from you!



  1. Really cool shots and for me, the "know nothing about photography, wanna be photog," it's a great lesson :)

    oasn: try the moscato!! I know you have a sweet tooth and this is perfect with dessert!! Trust me. It's not a typical "alcohol-y"'s pretty light and slightly bubbly :) take it from a former pro wine snob :)

  2. Thanks so much for the feedback Adrianne! I'm going to work on putting up more similar posts so if there is anything you think you would find helpful or would like to know let me know and I'll try my best to answer. :)

    About the Moscato, really? Hmm I just might buy me a box of cupcakes and do that! Thanks:)

  3. I'm not a photographer but I enjoyed all the angles


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