The sweet moment

Discussion in 'Street, Documentary, and Portrait' started by oto02, Jan 20, 2014.

  1. oto02

    oto02 Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 24, 2012
    Melbourne, VICTORIA, AU
    Hi guys,

    Just finished a two days session of commercial photography.
    A couple of my friends, asked me to help them out as a photographer, they have a cake shop.
    After I arrived at the premises and installed all the gear (flashes, background, stands, tripods, camera lenses) I showed them the way I thought it would be good to take photos of their products - cakes.
    There was no way to convince them to take pics with lower aperture to give a nice bookeh. They wanted to have the whole cake in focus from a VERY commune and boring angle - arguing that is what the costumers want. No comment.
    What I want to underline here is not always what you how you think is the way to do it, you have to do what the client asks you to do. But what if you don't like it and is not your cup of tea?
    I took the photos that they wanted and of course I took some for myself - to please me as well.

    Here are the examples : first ones are the "better ones" and then the ones as requested.

    Any c&c more than welcome.

  2. darosk

    darosk Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Apr 17, 2013
    Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
    Actually I quite like the 'boring' cake shots - although that may just be because I'm a fan of repetitive series of photographs (à la Bernd and Hilla Becher). Personally I think they're a little dark for my tastes (haha!) but perhaps that's what the client ordered? Depends on what was the intended use for the photos. The first set might be better for a fancy flier or something, while the second set might be more useful if all they wanted was just a plain old menu.
  3. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Even the boring ones are pretty good images. Do they want the high DoF shots because the customers what to know what the cakes look like before they buy them?
  4. oto02

    oto02 Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 24, 2012
    Melbourne, VICTORIA, AU
    They wanted the photos for their upcoming patisserie website menu. And yes that's correct they wanted high dof because of the costumers, but whatever is in the front part of the cake's top is the same all around.
  5. DynaSport

    DynaSport Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 5, 2013
    I think all the photos are very nice and well done. However, I tend to agree with the customers on this one. I have been frustrated looking at websites trying to decide what to purchase and the photos were done in an "artsy" way. As a customer I wanted to see the whole product as best as I could when buying from a picture.
  6. Your Funny Uncle

    Your Funny Uncle Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 12, 2013
    York, UK.
    Well... I'd say that they're quite probably right in terms of illustrative photos for the menu, BUT they should be using your shallow DOF shots as part of the rest of the website design, for example as the backdrops to page headers or as part of the front page. Horses for courses and all that...
  7. rklepper

    rklepper Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 19, 2012
    Iowa, USA
    Wow. I really, really want some cake now. :). Your client must have been right.
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