A&P Some recent work. v.Food and drink photography

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  1. turbodude

    turbodude Just a photographer OT Supporter

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    here is some recent food and drink stuff. this is my second try at food and drink, its much harder than one would think.
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    I know in my heart this is not something i ever want to get into as a career. No food stylist, No creative director. Just me and the manager and the owner of Johnny Love Vodka looking over my shoulder, with a table full of products, saying "Here is everything, Shoot this stuff, and make it look nice"

    Im not too happy with these, the client is, but im not. i think under the conditions and it being my 2nd try at food (first oen being that sushi awhile back), it could have went much worse. Lighting food stuff is so hard to conceptualize in your head, than it is with lighting people. With people i have big lights, and i can control spill using anything i want. This stuff is tiny, and i dont really know what i want to accent, because i dont know anything about the food.

    Ok, OTAP do your thing...
     
  2. ok_computer

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    #1 rule with food is that it is lit from the rear to add depth. The shadows should fall in front, not in the back.

    1 and 2 looks good, except they're a bit noisy, not as crisp/clean as a cocktail should be IMO

    3, I wish there was more definition between the top of the bottles and the background, they're very dark. Also, the lime on the glass looks like it's part of the logo on the vodka

    4 looks good except my eye goes straight for the strawberry, which isnt' in focus.

    5 looks a little on camera flash to me, not a lot of depth

    6 good again, light from the rear though.

    Don't blame you for not liking that stuff, I wouldn't either :hs:
     
  3. turbodude

    turbodude Just a photographer OT Supporter

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    thanks Dylan.

    i never knew the light from the rear trick, ill keep that in mind if i get asked to do any more food or products of this nature. :)
     
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    love the complimenting colors in the second one. :cool:
     
  5. tenplanescrashing

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    I can see how it would have helped, but it isn't a hard/fast rule for what you did here. If you were strictly shooting food and drinks without a venue, I would agree 100%. But since you're shooting in the venue, I don't.

    Plus, here is the most important part that I think some of these keyboard photographers in this forum forget:
    If they got what they wanted, that's all that matters.
     
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    ok_computer OT Supporter

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    That's a gigantic generalization. What matters is the the photographer is happy with his output, AND that the client is happy. If you keep making the client happy, but you're not making yourself happy, I wouldn't say that doesn't matter. If you're a photographer, but you're not happy with your artistic output, I'd say that matters a whole fucking bunch.
     
  7. turbodude

    turbodude Just a photographer OT Supporter

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    i agree with this.

    Yeah, im happy that the client is happy, but im not happy with the work, which will make me to learn more ways to do it, and make it better next time. Next time, im gonna make sure to try some more things, i just wish i was a good cook so i can practice, but this one is kinda hard to practice. Or maybe find a great Food stylist in town and just pay them to make stuff look good, and look for what they accentuate, etc. But i havent been able to find one that is willing to do what what i want for teh price.
     
  8. tenplanescrashing

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    Different strokes, different folks. Generally speaking, I want to be happy with what I produce too, but I know in the end it's all about what the client wants and me delivering it to them.

    We're our own worst critics, but i've learned from experience that you have to step out of your photographer role and understand what your client wants. If you have what they want, bravo.
     
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    you overexposed the shit out of #6, then tried to recover it, right? It still hurts...

    The rest of em are awesome though! 1 and 2 stand out to me.
     
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    I'd make myself happy once the clients check clears.
     
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    use white card stock to bounce light.

    snoots? use them?

    i duno just from what ive tried so far (unpaid of course) i used card stock and snoots, oh and shoot through umbrellas with snooted stobies
     
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    the lighting is harsh in 4 and 5 and the cork in 3 is awkward.

    1's colors are nice, 2's composition is too.
     
  13. IntheWorks

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    I have a buddy who shoots a lot of food stuff and 90% of the time he's got a softbox laying on the table directly behind the food.
     
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    So it's a SOP to chop out whatever part of softbox that gets in your shot?
     
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    I'd like some pics not cropped as close, I know the focus is on the food, but you get less of a "feel" for the size and look when it's taken that close
     
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    I really like 1 (although it might need a 1-2 degree rotation clockwise??) and 3.
     
  17. IntheWorks

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    it's usually not seen in the scene.
     
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    quoting for future reference :bowdown:
     
  19. pawis

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    im pretty sure iirc thats what al did in his first food shoot, where the softbox made a white wall background where the table ended?
     

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