It seems like such a long time since the first posting of the Photo Styling Challenge but here it is, Part 2 Table Setting. Unlike last time where I shot the scones the day before posting (hungover might I add), I shot this challenge over two weeks ago. I did however avoid looking at them on screen until just yesterday. I think I had this innate fear that they would be terrible, I am after all my own worst critic. I'll be totally honest and without sounding negative, I am not 100% feeling good about this shoot. The positives I can take from this are that it is a challenge therefore I am not expected to be 100% amazing. I am learning as I go for sure!
I decided to shoot an outdoor lunch for two. I sourced a lot of vintage/thrifted pieces for this which again is another positive to this challenge. I now love rummaging through old plate-ware and finding little gems hidden amidst the dust. I pretty much love all the pieces I found for this shoot, in particular the two Royal Albert teacups and I can happily say my collection is growing.
The main challenge and what I don't like of the outcome of this shoot was the weather conditions. It was pretty cloudy and it even started to rain which for mid-July in LA I believe is pretty unheard of. But like any budding (novice) photographer, I pressed on without letting it bother me. I experimented with the aperture, shutter speed and ISO to try and get this table setting come to life but the end results came out really dark. It is however good to look back on the photos and see what I would have changed about them.
I would have definitely changed the lighting or tried to beef it up a bit, that is a big one to learn and I haven't gotten into reflectors just yet. The other thing is the way I styled the table, I would have definitely moved a few things around in the shots but I only realised that once reviewing them on the computer screen. It makes me think how difficult it would have been back in the days before digital... (that thought blows my mind in fact). I do however wish I'd had a tall enough ladder so I could get some overhead shots. That is def my next investment for future challenges.
I didn't intend to add food to the shoot as I knew I'd get too caught up in photographing that before the setting itself which wasn't the purpose of this challenge. But towards the end I added a few little sweet pies to give the images some life. I don't think the image above shy's away too much from the setting.
Whilst reviewing the images I came across this gem above: a little flying insect that ended up featuring in one of my images. I'd love to say that this was on purpose but I really can't lay claim to it. I think he just saw his internet debut opportunity and took it with all his might. Good for him I say and thank you because this really did make me smile when I spotted it.
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Make sure to look out for next months posting for the theme Morning'.
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