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Break from rain
 

Break from rain

It was a quick shot on a dark day.
Im curious if it is not too dark?

 

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  • 26 mm
  • 1/60
  • f f/4.2
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The short answer is yes it is under exposed. Some shots like this that you take in a restaurant/coffee shop etc can work but you need to do a few things. First don't just keep things like the waitress/waiter put them down. For a shot like this the water glasses are not needed. Get them out of the shot. Either clean up the crumbs by the coffee cake or put more there to make it look better. Get rid of the napkin/check that is under the spoon. Move things around a bit to make sure the composition is pleasing.

 

Think the whole shot through before hitting the shutter. Get whatever does not belong out of the shot and arrange what does belong. Always think of the end product and making it look its very best because then it will be more likely to sell.

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Read above again. shooting any food or Product requires a styling touch. without that sensibility your taking snapshots.

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In short, the bottom half of the image is strong, even with the water glasses that are superfluous; the top half kills it. It's cluttered and distracting.

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From a styling standpoint, that is beautiful latte art! That's not easy to achieve if you don't know the technique to create latte art, so good job with that -- or whoever styled those drinks. It's impressive. 

 

What I would do (and I agree with David) is remove the clutter you don't need. There's too much going on in the frame. Less is more, generally speaking, but not always the case.

 

I would remove the water glasses and focus in on one of those latte drinks with a dessert in the background out of focus. Keep it simple. I think the angle you're shooting this from works. I would bump up the power on your lights (if you're shooting with strobes or LEDs) OR -- if you're shooting with natural light, I'd wait for a sunnier day and diffuse the light. You can also go a stop or two lower on your aperture to bring up the overall brightness. 

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I think it looks good but I agree that it could use some more style, It seems too routine like if the items aren't being used for a purpose other than a photo, I'd switch them around like said above, It shouldn't look like the waiter/waitress just put it on the table as it looks without a purpose.

 

If you understand what I mean though :)

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