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FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY: Culinary Infatuation!!

Discussion in 'Other Genres' started by jambaj0e, Nov 29, 2011.

  1. jambaj0e

    jambaj0e Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 31, 2010
    Oh for the love for food. I got a chance to do some excellent food photography for a culinary class at a nearby college. The head chef, Chef Eguaras was actually one of the chefs for the White House during the Clinton administration.

    There are 16 courses total and I shot them with my E-PL2 and Olympus 45mm f1.8 prime.

    The food is lit with a single Einstein with a Extreme Silver 64" PLM with front sock on one side of a square table. The table is up against a white wall opposite the Einstein to provide some fill.




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  2. jambaj0e

    jambaj0e Mu-43 Top Veteran

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  4. sprinke

    sprinke Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 5, 2011
    Pasadena, CA
    Hi Joe! I think for the most part the photos are nicely lit, but I think the current trend in food photography is really shallow depth of field. A friend of mine publishes a food blog (use real butter) and when I look at her pics, that's what strikes me. Also if you check out other foodie sites you'll see what I mean.
  5. jambaj0e

    jambaj0e Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 31, 2010
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    jambaj0e Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 31, 2010
    Yea, one thing that I'm gonna do next time is use more shallow DOF. A tough thing w/ the 45mm prime is that it's not great for macro photography. You need 20 inches to focus =P

    I'm gonna use my newly acquired 43 Olympus Zuiko 14-54mm mk II f2.8-3.5 lens since I can go way closer to get better details
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    jambaj0e Mu-43 Top Veteran

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  8. dtchan

    dtchan Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 24, 2010
    That's very nice food photography. Is that all from natural light?
  9. jambaj0e

    jambaj0e Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 31, 2010
    Nope, just an Einstein with a 64" parabolic light modifier to simulate that beautiful natural light on one side of a square table and a white wall for fill on the other side of the square table
  10. starlabs

    starlabs Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 30, 2010
    Los Angeles
    You can get some shallow DoF with the 45mm - odds are since you shot with lights you'll need an ND filter to stay at f/1.8.

    Night shots though - are those empanadas? I love me empanadas!
  11. jambaj0e

    jambaj0e Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 31, 2010
    I could go more shallow, but I didn't do so at the time. I'll be sure to try it next time =D
  12. BarefootPilgrim

    BarefootPilgrim Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Dec 23, 2009
    Westchester, IL
    Awwww... stop it, Joe! Yer makin me hungry (drool). And that stuff is all too pretty to eat.

    Nice shots, though! Detail from that combination (E-PL2 and 45mm) looks superb with your lighting.
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  13. jambaj0e

    jambaj0e Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 31, 2010
    Thanks! It was a fairly simple lighting set up and because of the directionality of the light source, I was able to just change angles and rotate the plate to get the best combination of light and shadows to the food and get that that crispness and texture =D
  14. Brewed4Thought

    Brewed4Thought Mu-43 Rookie

    Nov 18, 2011
    Santa Rosa, CA
    Current trend among bloggers possibly. As a blogger myself (although I prefer the label "freelance writer who also has a blog") I know the challenges many bloggers face in getting their site traffic. One of the easiest ways to improve your site's look and to appeal to potential advertisers as well as attract paid gigs is to improve your photos. That's how I first got into photography.

    It's easy to see the impact of a shallow DOF picture and when you have a new camera I think you're drawn to this new ability. After some time though, you learn that shooting wide open isn't always the best practice and doesn't always create the best photos.

    I think the photos look great. They make me hungry and isn't that the point?
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