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Dec 24, 2012 05:58 |  #1

Took photos for some folks I know, who run a small restaurant about two blocks from my house. It was fun and I would like to try a re-shoot, as they are a stones throw away. Any thoughts on what I could do differently next time? Thanks in advance!

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Dec 24, 2012 06:22 |  #2

Great series! Fit for brochure. All I would do is tilt #3 so they stand a bit straighter.

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Took photos for some folks I know, who run a small restaurant about two blocks from my house. It was fun and I would like to try a re-shoot, as they are a stones throw away. Any thoughts on what I could do differently next time? Thanks in advance!


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Dec 24, 2012 06:26 as a reply to  @ grunticus's post |  #3

Great series...Looks delicious.


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Dec 24, 2012 08:51 |  #4

Nice shots; should help in promoting the restaurant.
In #3, MAYBE a reflector to throw a little more light on their faces?
I like what you've done.


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Dec 24, 2012 09:28 |  #5

#1 I would center the dish and crop out the excess table at the top.
#3 I agree with others about the tilt though it looks like they are standing with a slight lean as opposed to your shot being tilted.

Overall very good and would be quite effective marketing.


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Dec 24, 2012 09:39 |  #6

pic 1 doesn't work for me. Plate looks like it has crumbs on it unintentionally, and there's something about the shadow that doesn't work. Pic 2 is the best of the series. Very nice. I think 3,4 and 5 may need more light. Not sure what kind of ambiance the place has, but it looks a bit old and dilapidated? Maybe they want it to be quaint, though.


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Dec 24, 2012 11:31 |  #7

#1: This would be more appealing if cropped so it's square, with the plate centered. You might try a tablecloth under the plate to see whether you and the owners find the shot more attractive with it. More-even lighting would help, and greater depth of field so the stray berries are in focus as well as the big dessert bar. I agree with russ71 about the crumbs. Some photos of fancy desserts include decorated plates where the chef has sprinkled something around, but these chocolate bits (?) look randomly fallen.

#2: The meat looks good, but the rice looks gummy. If all their rice looks like that, put the rice in the background where viewers can think it's merely blurred. Or change my order to potatoes, please. Assuming the present composition is repeated, maybe shoot from a higher angle so the beans are clearer. Try a contrasting-color tablecloth for this one, but not distractingly bright. Show more space next to the plate at the right and less at the top.

#3: Too dark overall. The man's pose is very good, with the plates at different heights, but next time get the woman to hold her tray level! Good choice of colors for their clothing, given the background.

#4: Also too dark. I don't like the way the chair at the right is cut off.

#5: Too dark, and it could stand some cropping at the left, where there are many small OOF objects that seem irrelevant. (You can cut off the chair this time. It isn't there as an invitation for a guest to sit in it.) The much lighter area at the window--I don't know, my eye keeps going there, and I don't think that's what you want if the subject is personnel.

EDIT: One more thing about #5. What is this man's job? Is he waitstaff, cook, or something else? Maybe a caption will say, but posing him with tools of the trade would communicate it instantly. As the advice to fiction writers goes, "Show, don't tell."


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Dec 24, 2012 14:38 |  #8

grunticus wrote in post #15402458 (external link)
Great series! Fit for brochure. All I would do is tilt #3 so they stand a bit straighter.

Cheers

Thanks! I'm glad you pointed out the tilt, didn't really notice until you mentioned it.

rrblint wrote in post #15402464 (external link)
Great series...Looks delicious.

Thank you!

NCSA197 wrote in post #15402752 (external link)
Nice shots; should help in promoting the restaurant.
In #3, MAYBE a reflector to throw a little more light on their faces?
I like what you've done.

Good call! I think the shadows were a little too harsh.

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#1 I would center the dish and crop out the excess table at the top.
#3 I agree with others about the tilt though it looks like they are standing with a slight lean as opposed to your shot being tilted.

Overall very good and would be quite effective marketing.

I've been shooting with 8x10/8x12 prints in mind lately, and completely forgot that square cropping was an option, as these will not be printed anyways. Thanks!

russ71satellite wrote in post #15402869 (external link)
pic 1 doesn't work for me. Plate looks like it has crumbs on it unintentionally, and there's something about the shadow that doesn't work. Pic 2 is the best of the series. Very nice. I think 3,4 and 5 may need more light. Not sure what kind of ambiance the place has, but it looks a bit old and dilapidated? Maybe they want it to be quaint, though.

It is a sort of country/antique/farm style restaurant, (does that make sense? :lol:). I suppose that they do want to exude that sort of vibe, but it is a very dark dining environment. Different strokes for different folks, I suppose. Do you think that I could spruce up 3-5 by adjusting some levels in post, or should I spread and diffuse the light a bit more next time?

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#1: This would be more appealing if cropped so it's square, with the plate centered. You might try a tablecloth under the plate to see whether you and the owners find the shot more attractive with it. More-even lighting would help, and greater depth of field so the stray berries are in focus as well as the big dessert bar. I agree with russ71 about the crumbs. Some photos of fancy desserts include decorated plates where the chef has sprinkled something around, but these chocolate bits (?) look randomly fallen.

#2: The meat looks good, but the rice looks gummy. If all their rice looks like that, put the rice in the background where viewers can think it's merely blurred. Or change my order to potatoes, please. Assuming the present composition is repeated, maybe shoot from a higher angle so the beans are clearer. Try a contrasting-color tablecloth for this one, but not distractingly bright. Show more space next to the plate at the right and less at the top.

#3: Too dark overall. The man's pose is very good, with the plates at different heights, but next time get the woman to hold her tray level! Good choice of colors for their clothing, given the background.

#4: Also too dark. I don't like the way the chair at the right is cut off.

#5: Too dark, and it could stand some cropping at the left, where there are many small OOF objects that seem irrelevant. (You can cut off the chair this time. It isn't there as an invitation for a guest to sit in it.) The much lighter area at the window--I don't know, my eye keeps going there, and I don't think that's what you want if the subject is personnel.

EDIT: One more thing about #5. What is this man's job? Is he waitstaff, cook, or something else? Maybe a caption will say, but posing him with tools of the trade would communicate it instantly. As the advice to fiction writers goes, "Show, don't tell."

Thank you for your detailed feedback! Very helpful. :)


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Dec 24, 2012 16:19 |  #9

I like all but #1. That one needs to be closer . . . Dave Dugdale has a good video (external link) about shooting some compelling close-ups of food.


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Dec 24, 2012 18:37 |  #10

alintx wrote in post #15403994 (external link)
I like all but #1. That one needs to be closer . . . Dave Dugdale has a good video (external link) about shooting some compelling close-ups of food.

ditto, really digging the last photo.


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Dec 24, 2012 18:39 |  #11

Nice set. I like 2 and 4 the best.


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Jan 01, 2013 23:03 |  #12

Fantastic shots. I like #2 and 4 as well. With # 3 its a little bit darker. Great series.


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Jan 02, 2013 12:19 |  #13

I'd change the angle used in #1. It looks rather bland to me. The rest look FANTASTIC!


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