Finding a pattern and sketching its makeup with a composition shot can make a very illustrative shot that can be utilized for online websites, colorway use, and/or figurative graphics. Using the graphics as a basis for a site is a common design motif. Patterning a simple graphic into a complex website design allows icons avatars and accent graphics.
Certainly I am all about the organic shot, but sometimes you have to dress the set a little. The way this shot worked was that the colors on the marketing bottle reminded me of one of the products i was photographing. New products have no frame of reference, so it’s a good idea to use your memory card and camera to build one.
The resultant image had a shutter freeze blur that appears artistic to some people and could look very attractive in a framed portrait. I was switching between museum and micro settings because I wanted to see how much flash the micro setting generated at 5X digital intensity into the field. the varying image files to choose from each had benefits and drawbacks. Experience with the finished cropped and reduced file result helped me choose the right one.
I was looking at the publicity and stills for a high school friend’s newly published book and thought about my archives on Portland and Oregon and some of the stunning wine country photography I had captured while vacationing in the Pacific Northwest. I had a lot of recipes because the produce and green philosophy was excellent in Oregon. Normally my mind would go to a website, but I realized the value of books in a world where they are vanishing.
Advanced software suites can offer intensely sophisticated effects, but the processing requirements, access to the appropriate licenses, and computing time necessary may not appeal to everyone. And that’s after you’ve gotten used to using this or that program, and absorbed the learning curve for that particular command or procedure. Simple tidying up inside a file and adjusting what elements you can of a less than ideal setting can work wonders on the value of a single image.