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Food photographers?

Discussion in 'Miscellany' started by JMontes, Jul 7, 2008.

  1. JMontes


    Jun 22, 2007
    Edgartown, MA
    Are there any dedicated or experienced food photographers here? Would love to pick your brain :smile: Looking for someone who has done some for a restaurant or two, or maybe for a book.
  2. JMontes


    Jun 22, 2007
    Edgartown, MA
    Thanks Joe, I saw that too. I wanted to pick someone's brains regarding lenses and lighting.
  3. Here's a good link for a food shot that's meant to emulate directional and natural sunlight: http://www.photoflexlightingschool....l_life/Shooting_Food_Shots_At_Home/index.html

    If you're looking for a brighter, "product" looking shot, then I would recommend a really large softbox placed over top. You want the light really diffused over a large area so the light 'wraps' around the edges and contours of the food and the plateware.

  4. JMontes


    Jun 22, 2007
    Edgartown, MA
    Joe, very nicely done! What lens did you use? I am not sure if I should be going with my 24-70 or 70-200.....I will experiment with both before I have to do the real thing.

    Sean, will check it out, thanks!
  5. Hi John.
    Shot with D200 Raw. Nikon 35mmf2 . Tripod 2.8-5.6 , iso 100.
  6. pr549f2678


    Jun 26, 2007
    central Fl
    Talk to Uncle Frank for I have seen several of his food shots and they

    are great.

  7. Thanks for the plug, Phil, but you've been overly generous in rating my food pics.

    I've had a few restaurant/food assignments for a local magazine. They were used for advertising. Here are a few samples and the lens I used for each.

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    So, to answer one of your questions, leave your 70-200/2.8 at home. Shorter focal lengths are more appropriate for this kind of work. How short depends on the working distance, so if you only want to bring one lens, make it the Beast.

    As far as lighting is concerned, all of the above were taken with natural light with the camera tripod mounted. But they predate my participation in the strobist blog. These days I'd use a remote flash or two, and fire them through white umbrellas.

    And speaking of the Strobist, I found this article in his archives.

  8. JMontes


    Jun 22, 2007
    Edgartown, MA
    Excellent Frank, thanks! The lighting where i'm going to be is not very good, I will probably setup 1 or 2 AB800's with umbrellas and shoot them at the ceiling. I'll have time to setup and do test shots before we get to work.
  9. I'm glad to be of help, John.

    Btw, in case nobody told you, one of the perks of this genre is you get to eat the food after you shoot it :tongue:.
  10. JMontes


    Jun 22, 2007
    Edgartown, MA
    Yeah, I'm shooting for a Korean BBQ. I have been going there weekly for lunch for 6 or 7 months now. The owner told me to bring 2 or 3 people with me to eat all the food....boy am I excited!!! :biggrin: :cool: 
  11. LDB415


    Apr 26, 2008
    I'm not sure if he's retired yet but Mr. Rich at Chisholm, Rich and Assoc. is/was one of the premier food photographers I believe. As far as I know he did all the work for Mahatma Foods and other clients. If you could find him I'm sure you could learn huge amounts.
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