I had so many of you asking how I achieved my coffee shot last week that I decided to share with you what I did. It wasn’t all that difficult & I admit, I did have 2 helpers. That made all the difference- believe me.
So I brewed a pot of coffee. I used the gross canned stuff that I keep in the freezer for cooking so as not to waste the good stuff because I knew it was going to be messy & I was going to dump it. I went out back , working on the grass in case it got really messy. I set up in the open shade so I would have plenty of light but not direct sun. I set up my white boards on top of a TV tray & then had Mini-Me hold the reflector behind the set up with the silver side showing. I then set up the cup & saucer & sprinkled some extra beans for good measure. Set up the tripod a few feet away & had Mr. Man standing just outside the frame with a cup of ice cubes to make the “ker-plop”.
Camera settings were at…
ISO 400, 1/4000, f/3.5, 85mm because it’s so tack sharp even from farther away.
Here is the set up- I’m sorry I didn’t think to take a pull back as well.
Coffee was still hot- I literally grabbed it right after it was done brewing.
Then I got behind the camera, set my focus on the cup, shutter half depressed & ready to go.
Then it was literally 1,2,3- drop & I clicked. This was take #1.
You can see that the boards are still clean as nothing had hit them yet.
I was happy with it but wanted to make sure- so we did it again- this time it was messier.
I liked it so I didn’t clean up the spills between takes. This was take #2.
I didn’t share this one before- this is take #3.
You can see I must have finished pressing the shutter a bit slower than I did in the others.
It’s also much messier- you can see all the spills in this one.
So that’s it- literally. I don’t have any more shots- this was all I took.