From what I learnt in part 3 of the first BA Photography module, I replicated many of the practiced skills in a corporate shoot I was commissioned to do in November 2017. The subject was a brand of chilled coffee bottled drinks with a requested theme of cocktails and the intention of using the coffee in Expresso Martinis.
I experimented with fast shutter speeds and a higher than normal ISO to achieve precise shots of coffee beans being dropped into the full martini glass. The results were well-received and the rich brown coffee stood out against the mirrored grey background used.
This was a technique i’ve not confidently used before, but I was pleased with the results, particularly where the coffee had splashed up the side of the glass or over the glass. I find this technique is very satisfying for any photographer with such a response from any audience. It has also inspired me with my other shoots as part of my professional commissions. I feel confident enough now to try a ‘tossing the bridal bouquet’ scene which requires a fast shutter speed and continuous shooting.
I once made the rookie error or assuming a fast shutter speed meant a fail safe opportunity to capture a moving object. However, under pressure with shake hands can change the success of this. I now know not to be fooled, a fast shutter speed is brilliant in a studio when trial and error has no boundaries, but a tripod (steady surface) and the precise moment are still the most important factors to success.