Recently I posted this photo and shared my food photography process. And Robert Orsa replicated it. His idea was to use same composition, same camera angle, same styling and just change one element – background.
That made me think. What if there was a group project where everyone could participate. Yes! You. The bulb went on.
So here’s the thing…
The challenge for you is to replicate this photo, with just one change: the background. For this challenge use the crackers that look like the one shown in photo. These are Triscuits, available at Walmart but can also be ordered from Amazon if you are looking to buy in bulk.
The idea is to keep all elements in the photo exactly same – the composition, styling, number of crackers and even camera angle, while just changing the background. All you have to do is take this photo using whatever background you have that will make this photo stronger.
Here’s something more about this project for the inquisitive ones… In the world of statistics, this is called Design of Experients (DoE).
The Boring Statistics Talk: Design of Experiment (DoE)
Sparing you from all the details, Design of Experiments is a methodology used by scientists and researchers to understand impact of one variable or element on “subjects” in the experiment.
This is done by collecting data from “information-gathering” exercises, and in each of these exercises changing just that one element whose impact is to be understood. Scientists and researchers use DoE almost everyday to create experiments and develop studies.
DoE in Food Photography
In terms of food photography and this group project, this translates as an attempt to understand the impact of one variable, background in this case, in food photos. We will use cracker photo to understand the impact of background on photograph.
So, recreate the photograph and change the background. Use same camera angle, same placements, same frame and everything else. Everything else but one – background.
Upload your version of this photo on food photography page before Jan 21 2012.
In past, we have talked about background in detail. Here are few articles where we have talked about this subject:
Are You Onboard?
What do you think about this group project? Will you participate in this simple group project? If you plan to submit a photo, please leave a comment below confirming just that.
If there’s enough interest, we may do this regularly.