In Lisa Hanawalt's hilariously poignant new illustrated book, Hot Dog Taste Test, she establishes some terminology all food photographers should employ—they're below. We asked her to take her methodology to our photos; we should've known better.
I detect some forced slathering here. This is known as a “mixed goops" shoot: layering one viscous food on top of another. It's technically challenging because the substances can congeal together very quickly.
I like to spread a thin film of glue over goop #1 and create a bed for goop #2 to rest on top undisturbed, but this trick has technically been illegal since 1985.
This is a phenomenal example of burgview. At first glance it may seem like the burger isn’t filling enough of the frame (75% is suggested by traditional food photography guidelines), but in recent years a 25%-beverage-to-50%-burger ratio has become quite chic!