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bobpilot Silver Member Nikonian since 08th May 2007
Sat 18-May-13 11:21 PM | edited Sat 18-May-13 11:23 PM by bobpilot

What have I gotten myself in to this time?

I photographed a sporting event and a local restaurant gave all the athletes a free sandwich, a very good sandwich! (he also gave me a sandwich)

He noticed my camera and "Staff" badge (I got a photo pass for the event) and asked me what I did; I told him I took some photos of the event.

As I munched on my sandwich we talked a bit about photography and marketing. He asked me if I'd be interested in taking some photos of some new menue items for him. I told him I'm not a professional photographer, and that I've never photographed food. (I didn't think it counted that I've photographed my food at a restaurant). He said he'd pay me. I said I'd research food photography and we could talk about this idea.

I have two Buff softboxes and a striplight all with grids; and two Buff Einstein lights. But that is a lot of gear to transport and set up on location. And a lot to deal with for one person.

First: Should I even attempt this?

If I do, is natural light with some reflectors a better way to go than using big studio lights (I sure hope so)?

Or, should I get a lightbox?

Since this is a picture forum, I thought I'd post a few photos that I took of the food when it was served to me in a restaurant in Varazdin Croatia.

If these photos show that I have an eye for food photography, then I'll learn more about composition for food, lighting food, and techniques. I will give my thoughts on each image. Bear in mind that I did not take these to be food photos for marketing, although I did my best at the time to take photos that were good product shots; I took them to record my experience. Also, this was on a patio, I don't remember what the roof was, maybe an arbor, anyway the lighting was good, at least to my eye: diffused and soft. I used a 28-70mm lens, not a macro lens. I now have a 60mm macro and a 105 macro.

I like the table layout and composition of the items on the table; I like the low angle. The background seems too busy but it also provides an ambiance. If I were to take this shot again, I'd move things around to put the checkerboard more to the right. (The flag of Croatia has a red and white checkerboard, so you see this pattern a lot in various applications.)

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I like the angle; the composition is good to my eye. Do-over: Square the image with the table cloth so the tablecloth is the background.

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I like the angle and the composition although I'd like to see a bit more of the plate on the right. The focus is the main problem. I don't see enough in good focus. If I were to do take this shot today, I'd get the pasta in front of the tomatoes sharp.

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I like the background and the table setting. The food could have a bit more light on it; a do-over would be to use a reflector.

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I like this shot but I'd make a few changes; the plate on the left is too predominate and I'd move it to the left. The lighting seems fine and I like the low angle.

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This seems a bit too close, but I've seen food shots like this, so I'm not sure.

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Those are my thoughts, what are yours? Did I evaluate these about right? If I did, perhaps I should consider going forward with the project.
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