Food photographers?

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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.
 
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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!
 
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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.

http://strobist.blogspot.com/2007/02/on-assignment-macaroni-and-cheese.html
 
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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.
 
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In case nobody told you, one of the perks of this genre is you get to eat the food after you shoot it :tongue:.
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:
 
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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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