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Wow I can’t believe we are already on week 8.   Here are some images that you all took for Week 7’s theme ‘Images at Night’

Week 8’s theme of Food comes from the very talented  Carol A. Hadikin.

The photo’s I took were at our local farmers market.  I loved some of the patterns and vibrant colours 🙂 

When I first moved back to Canada I became involved with the Vancouver Observer an online newspaper as their food photoblogger.  I covered various food related events, restaurant reviews and various interviews, so when Carol suggested this week’s theme I was beyond excited.

In July of last year I attended a Food Photography Workshop with the lovely Jackie Connelly, a Vancouver Island based photographer who specializes in garden, food and food lifestyle photography.  She provided some great tips that should help with this week’s challenge.

Food Photography Tips:

  • ~ Always shoot in RAW: RAW is my friend so I had that covered, but for those wondering why its because it gives you a lot more editing power
  • ~ Use a tripod: Up to the point of the workshop I hadn’t used a tripod with the food events that I had covered.  I hadn’t used a tripod for my images as I felt that these events were so fast paced and busy that I couldn’t but after this workshop I have definitely been trying to use one more often.  I have noticed a big difference in my images particularly in the crispness.
  • ~ Best lens for food photography are macro lens or 50mm lens:  I was pleased that my Nikon 50mm lens made the cut but I have been wanting a macro lens for quite some time.  Jackie is a nikon user and loves the 60mm macro lens, definitely something I am considering investing in
  • ~ White Balance setting to cloudy:   I noticed right away a change in my photos when I changed my white setting to cloudy, the images just felt more natural and not as grey
  • ~ Avoid using your flash at all times:  Jackie believes the lighting should be natural as a flash is generally too harsh for the food and can cast an orange glow.  This works for me as I never use flash but the most important information for me about the natural light was how to use it.   Moving around and changing my angles to cut down on the various reflections or shadows was interesting and challenging.
  • ~ Use props or change your angle to handle reflections: Using props like table cloths or napkins or moving around to change your angle can help with reflections.  Basically don’t be afraid to move around
  • ~ Don’t be afraid to overexpose your images:  I  learnt this tip from others who attended the class, although I never practiced this at the workshop (you can tell cause the tabletop looks grey instead of white) I am definitely interested in practicing this more

Here are some sample images from the workshop coupled with some of the useful information:

Tip #1:  When shooting stacks likes the cookies below or a hamburger,  shoot so that you are either straight on or even lower so that your almost looking up.  This will give the illusion that the stack looks bigger.  Also works well for shooting drinks

Tip #2:  when shooting plates like the one below it is best to shoot at an angle of 45 degrees.

The last of the 3 angles we learnt was shooting straight overhead.  I unfortunately didn’t get a lot of practice with this one as I was pretty obsessed with the cookies but you get some idea of what this means with the photo below.  It is best to shot overhead with things that are very graphic or geometric.

For shooting drinks there is a couple of tips that I learnt that I found quite useful.  1.  decide on an angle, for example the straight on angle works well for drinks as well as shooting drinks from an angle just below the surface the food is resting on – it will make the items appear bigger. 2.  pick your focal point, this could be the garnish,  ice, or detail on the cup.  For the photos below I was really into the bubble the raspberry made.

Happy shooting,

~T.L.

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