Pour

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image © Bret Doss, All Rights Reserved

The ‘pour shot’ is practically a rite of passage for every commercial photographer.  I decided it was time.  There are any number of ways to approach a pour shot, and most often they involve a colorful liquid.  I wanted to test lighting and composition as well as the shooting technique (more on that in a bit), and used water so as not to waste the colorful beverages.  I quickly found that I liked the water shots better.

Now, about that shooting technique: a typical (and excellent) way to do pour shots is to cut the bottom of of the bottle, clamp it all into place, and then pour through it, using it as a funnel.  This has the advantage of repeatability and fixed composition, among other things.  It has the disadvantage that you have cut the bottom off of a perfectly good bottle. While this is not normally a significant sacrifice, I happen to really like my red bottle!  So, I opted to hand-pour and refill the bottle, triggering the camera by hand to ‘sync’ the timing.  If you are thinking that this is a hit and miss sort of thing, you are perceptive.

The above image was a ‘happy accident’ in which the stopper top dropped into the water flow: I laughed as it happened, and the image still makes me smile, so it became a keeper.  Some additional keepers are below.  Which are your favorites?

Full Pour Shot © Bret Doss 2016 01

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