Does shooting the same image twice make any sense? It probably depends on what image and in which time gap. As I started the recipe-series I shot the Halloumi-Burger a second time. Why? Because I felt like the first picture I took a few couple of years ago is due and I can do better. Find out what the differences of the two images are by reading further.
THE FIRST IMAGE
I shot the first image of the Halloumi-Burger nearly three years ago. On the first of July 2015, I captured the image shown below. I then was more than happy with it, as it was a simple composition and the lighting was for then quite good. I even submitted the image to the Vancouver-Sun which back then run a "Gastropost"-supplement to the newspaper. Everybody was able to submit images that fit to the theme. My image made it to the front-page on that specific "Gastropost".
I used the Canon 5D Mark 3 with my still favorite lens for food, the EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro L IS USM. For the light I used a homemade daylight-lamp and some cardboard as reflectors. The daylight-lamp was placed right behind the burger itself, the reflector underneath the lens to reflect all the light back to the burger. This way I was able to create a backlit image with enough light on the burger itself to show everything. A few leafs and a bit of salt on the black underground make for a great contrast and foreground. This way, this was the image I created:
Altough I still like the image, what I didn't like so much was the food styling. The bread is clearly cut uneven and burnt, the same goes for the halloumi itself. There's to much black spots on it. The avocado on the other hand looks quite nice how it makes a diagonal in the image.
THE SECOND IMAGE
Exactly 944 days after the first image of the Halloumi Burger I took the second version you probably have seen in the recipe to it.
The new picture is more even lighted, better food-styled and better composed, but took also way more time to capture. As the first one was done in about half an hour, the newer one took me more than an hour. It also has way more gear involved. There are a studio-flash with Softbox and Diffusor for the main-light, a speedlight-flash with snoot and yellow gels as ambient light behind the burger, a C-Stand holding the background in place and a large, white cardboard on the opposite side of the flash to reflect light back to the burger. The lens is the same as two and a half year ago, but I mounted it this time on a Canon 5DsR.
It doesn't stop there, also the post-processing is more complex than on the first image as it is also a composition of different shots to get the best out of everything. The result is this one:
Comparing the both images with each others, I can see an improvement in lighting and composing the scene and of course in food-styling. It also showed, that it pays of to invest some more time into a shot and don't hurry if you don't have to.
All in all, to answer the question from the beginning: Yes. Yes, it makes sense to shoot a image again if you feel you can do better. And if your constantly trying to get better and learn more, you will be able to shoot a better image. The gear of course helps too, but don't make the biggest difference, its more how you use it. Keep trying, keep learning and keep up the work and you will improve - I promise!
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