We've had some time to consider options for the visual problem. I'm sure everyone has come up with a way to solve it. Let's compare notes.
The first question is how to approach the problem. I decided to shoot the problem in the studio. Here's my reasoning:
* The wineries are located more than 100 miles apart.
* These are state-of-the-art wineries, so they won't be very visual (steel tanks)
* Last month's magazine featured portraits on location.
* The story is about products, which can be better displayed in studio shots.
At this point, we need to develop a five-image concept. One is the cover, three are inside photos to individually represent the wineries and one inside photo ties the images together as a kicker image.
I'll save my concept for now. This way, y'all can look at the following supply list and see if your list would be similar. Since we decided on our approach (studio), we need to turn in our supply list for the shoot.
Here's my list of supplies:
* 2 wooden paint stir sticks or a wooden yard stick
* 2 clear wine goblets
* play sand
* pine tree bark
* pine cones
* a set of decorative shells with a dried starfish
* 2 large bunches of green grapes
* 2 large bunches of red grapes
* 2 quarts of strawberries
* mixed fruit (blueberries, blackberries, peaches, pears)
* champagne grapes (if available)
* small wheel of cheese
* drink umbrellas
* live, fresh-water hermit crab (if available)
* water mister
* wine bottles
* black sheets
* a black marker
* a correctly-sized box
In the next update, we'll look at how the studio space problem was solved as well as the lighting scheme.
Enough for now,