In this video, I go behind the scenes on a drink photography photoshoot working with stylist Natalie Garforth, from set-building through to post-production with a professional retoucher.
I should start this off with a caveat. I am not a drink photographer. Yes, I photograph a lot of drinks at work, but it's not my sole specialty. However, being a food photographer, it is something that I need to work on, as it is often called upon as an aspect of my work. Test shoots are a great way to do this without the pressure of having an art director scrutinizing me every step of the way.
This video documents the shoot from the night before, where the set is being built, through to a live edit video of my retoucher doing his work. I also go on to explain the thought process behind each of the lighting setups and the manner in which we chose to style and shoot the work.
Hopefully, this video gives good insight into how test shoots are run and exactly what goes into creating new portfolio images. I tend to cram in a few test shoots every few months to work on new skills and to keep some underutilized skills sharp.