This chicken salad was on set for more than 2 hours. How did we keep it fresh? A little oil brushed over the chicken goes a long way to extend the life of your prop.￼
Strobe modeling lights are hot, so how do keep stuff that’s not cold looking cool? Sometimes, ice is not what it seems. Acrylic ice is often required to make sure ice doesn’t melt. A little glycerin and water can make a refreshing cola which is very much at room temperature for the shoot.
Is this whisky or a bit of gatorade which looks like it? Actually, this is what it is. Depending on the purpose of your image, your tools on hand, and your patience, various props are definitely helpful.
Sometimes food on a photographer’s set is not really all it seems to be. This is always a bit frustrating for me as I don’t get to eat the props, but we all have to sacrifice for our craft. Now, I’m hungry. Time for lunch...