Posts tagged “Food Photography

Studio No.7

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In my experiments in still life photography, I have used some of what I have learned in doing macro and close up photography of insects in the field. But there is nothing like having every element of the photograph in your control. I start with a completely black photo, so that as I add light all the light is my decision, my creation.


Studio No.4

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There are some very good lessons on studio lighting on Youtube – see Adorama, for example. When they talk about one light lighting, they usual mean one light and a reflector (which could just be a piece of white board to fill in shadows). Still life, table top photography calls for ingenuity and inventiveness (e.g DIY).


Studio No.2

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Most of the points I make will sound obvious but believe me they matter. The first is about dust, no matter how clean your surface seems, there will always be dust. You won’t see it in camera or even looking closely at the set but it is there. While some can be fixed in processing it’s good to have a blower and cloth and go over the set several times.


Studio Work

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This week I will write about doing still life photography at home (table top photography).  I use a real table and not a product box. I use different kinds of flash, mainly Godox brand; reliable and relatively inexpensive. I also use various stands and background, some store bought some DIY. Being able to control all the light and in doing so learn about light is a great way to improve my photography.


A Little Pepper (Two Photographs)

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This was a test of two things that generally apply in photography: hard light versus soft light and post-processing reduction of specular highlights. The shadows show the difference in hard versus soft light, and I think most would prefer softer lighting. Specular highlights are areas where the bright light almost obliterates the subject and leaves a white spot. While healing tools can fix this, to keep things natural I have kept the range of tonality.


Garlic (Two Photographs)

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Having gone through two other similar set ups, the lighting for this subject was easier. This is one of the all time truths of photography. Every genre has a learning curve and at first it’s daunting and a bit of perseverance is the only solution. You read the manual and the solution never quite comes out the same, the recipe needs your own touch.


Artichokes (Two Photographs)

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There is a fair amount of work required in the processing of still life; to clean up, to adjust colour, and to ensure a usable background. These shots proved easier than most, and I found the black and white versions far superior to the original colour versions.


Side-lit and Back-lit (Three Photographs)

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I tried side lighting, very much like window lighting (first colour photograph), and it worked especially with a polarizing filter to tone down some of the highlights. The black and white and second colour were back-lit. I am told this is done quite a bit with food photography (you bounce the light back into the front the subjects with a white board or reflector. The idea is the light pulls the viewer in as the light spills over the top or so I am told (certainly a lighting pattern to try again to see what other results I can get).