Visual artist Mark Holthusen is known for creating images that push boundaries. With a varied career that takes him around the world, his work spans advertising photography, directing, theater and music videos, and it contains a relentless elegance that extends from his painterly imagery to his graphic animations.
The photorealistic approach begins with photographing all the elements with consistent lighting then compositing the elements into a final composition. As much of the imagery should be done in camera and in one shot as possible.
I feel like this image most closely resembles how we could approach the Tasty Bite shoot. First the stock image of the cow was acquired, then the backdrop was created using my personal library, and then in studio we photographed the woman in the scene.
DEVOUR IT BEFORE ANYONE ELSE DOES
I created this simple test to show how we can execute the layout by shooting in studio and incorporating stock.
Step 1: Select a background image.
Step 2: Shoot talent and food in studio to match lighting.
Step 3: Find stock imagery of animals that we can composite in as characters.
*note animals in the comp were taken from the internet and not from stock.