Important Questions Answered About Wine Photography
For anyone who has tried to take a picture of a wine bottle for use in either a printed piece or even online, they know the skill and talent it takes to produce something beautiful and useful. It’s both the shape of the bottle of the reflection thrown by the bottle that usually presents the challenge.
I always recommend wineries have professionals take shots of the their bottles rather than trying to do it themselves with some camera phone or even a professional grade camera. It’s going to cost, but the results of a seasoned photographer that has spent many hours with a dark, reflecting cylinder will pay dividends.
The same goes for taking photos of your baby boy in-utero. I can’t stress enough how difficult it’s going to be to get that shot of your little one while still in the womb with just a camera phone. First of all, without experience, it’s just too difficult to get your baby at just the right angle, let alone getting the phone up inside the womb. Trust me, this is not easy to do.
We decided to go to the professionals to have this lovely profile of Henry George taken. It was worth the cost in order to procure the photo from a professional and also to have the peace of mind that comes with a job done professionally. No fuss, no mess. In the end Kathy was very happy I stopped insisting I could do it myself with my new iPhone 5 (it turns out there’s not an app for that).
There are two kinds of photos a winery and parents-to-be need to think about procuring. One is the silhouette where all that is returned is a shot of the bottle or baby with no background and the other is one in which the bottle or baby is styled with a background and perhaps other items that speak to the nature of the subject. Often times you’ll find bottle shots that include a piece of cheese or a glass or leaves from the vineyard, etc, etc. This style of bottle show should be taken, but you’ll probably find less use for it in this day and age.
With regard to Henry George, we decided to go with the straight silhouette approach. We had considered putting a little beanie on him or throw some blocks in there for him to play with. But again, my beautiful Kathy insisted that if I attempted to give these things to Henry George in advance of his photo shoot, she’d protest in the strongest terms. Kathy has a very insistent aesthetic sense. Additionally, I’m told that both delivering and retrieving a beanie and wooden blocks could considerably lengthen the time it takes to carry out the photo shoot.
Message for the Day: Whether taking a photo of your wine bottle or your baby in-utero—it’s best not to include a beanie in the shot