Half-Caff: Behind the layers

Over the course of this past year, I have had a lot of people ask about how this shot was created. So I thought I would take the opportunity to write a little about how this concept came together and take you behind the layers. 

The idea behind this shot was to create a high-key visual that shows the motion and swirling design of the cream mixing with the coffee. 

As you will see in the video below, I photographed everything in pieces, then composited them together in post.

Essentially, I photographed the cup, then the coffee pouring in for the motion on the surface, followed by the cream pouring in to capture the stream and the interaction on the surface.  I then repeated the whole capture process the same way, only using a square clear acrylic container. This allowed me to capture the squared off inside of the coffee and swirling cream, as well as the top bubbly surface edge line.

Below is a quick video of the all of photographic elements coming together in photoshop. 

 

I hope this was helpful, and please feel free to reach out if you have any other questions.

-David