This is a helpful angle to master, it’s really good in public places if you are planning to shoot your coffee, or meal in restaurants and cafes. Usually the location background is a natural part of the image, unlike shooting in your home and seeing the radiator or appliances or other distractions in the background.
It’s the go to shot if you want to show a bit of the side of something and the top, like a decorated cake with a slice removed, or a pot of stew, you can see the depth and interior but also what the top looks like. It’s in between an overhead and a head on shot.
The problem with this shot is getting the angle just right, tall glasses or bottles can distort, having large items closer to the lens may be out of focus and look out of proportion to the rest of the image and detract from the main subject or image story.
When food is piled high like this mound of spaghetti or this pyramid of strawberries, shooting overhead is not going to give you the full story, you won’t see the depth or fullness of each dish, nor would you get a good idea of pastry detail in the strawberry tart. Head on wouldn’t work for the spaghetti because you’d mainly see the black side of the pan and whilst the strawberries could be head on it would be much harder to incorporate the second tart plus the balsamic they look far more inviting, sumptuous and accessible from this angle.