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Aug 18, 2014 09:51 |  #4171

I came in here for some inspiration as my food photography is all a bit boring really, got a few great ideas from the thread so thank you! Here are some of my previous efforts:

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Aug 18, 2014 10:36 |  #4172

Keydogg wrote in post #17103209 (external link)
I came in here for some inspiration as my food photography is all a bit boring really, got a few great ideas from the thread so thank you! Here are some of my previous efforts:

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You have a good start really, i wish to do food photography even just as a start.

If i were you, then the things i would like to improve with your shots are:

1. WB or colors, they all are yellowish, so either try to use another light source that can give you cooler colors closer to white, or adjust your WB or the colors so it can have less warmth or yellowish cast.

2. Some shots are very tight, i know in food focusing on food in tight frame is the key, but at least don't tight other things such as spoons, forks, plates,..etc, they are part of the food still life, re-compose them so you don't crop some accessories and you only focus on the food itself.

3. DoF, some shots is losing details on the main dish or the food you focused on, so either you bring the whole main food in focus or play with DoF to give better blurry bg with glass or another not main food.


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Aug 18, 2014 22:45 |  #4173

Duck poutine pizza (not the best photo but man it was good


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Aug 18, 2014 22:45 |  #4174

And rabbit with risotto


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Aug 19, 2014 07:43 |  #4175

Tareq wrote in post #17103299 (external link)
You have a good start really, i wish to do food photography even just as a start.

If i were you, then the things i would like to improve with your shots are:

1. WB or colors, they all are yellowish, so either try to use another light source that can give you cooler colors closer to white, or adjust your WB or the colors so it can have less warmth or yellowish cast.

2. Some shots are very tight, i know in food focusing on food in tight frame is the key, but at least don't tight other things such as spoons, forks, plates,..etc, they are part of the food still life, re-compose them so you don't crop some accessories and you only focus on the food itself.

3. DoF, some shots is losing details on the main dish or the food you focused on, so either you bring the whole main food in focus or play with DoF to give better blurry bg with glass or another not main food.

Thanks for the CC man. I agree there is a warm tint to all the shots, I did that deliberately because our restaurant has a very warm feel to it due to the lighting and decor, so it seemed fit to keep in with this. For reference all these were shot without flash or strobes.

With regards to cropping, I get confused whether to go tight or wide so I end up going kind of in between and getting it wrong either way! Same with the DOF :o

Here's one I tried today with OCF and tighter cropping, not sure whether I prefer this or not!

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Aug 19, 2014 08:20 |  #4176

better, tighter is better, i feel food photography is another story, composition and lighting is the key.


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Aug 27, 2014 04:23 |  #4178

Sirrith may I ask what your lighting setup was for these? They look fantastic.


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Aug 27, 2014 22:53 |  #4179

Keydogg wrote in post #17120286 (external link)
Sirrith may I ask what your lighting setup was for these? They look fantastic.

Thanks! They were actually just on-camera flash bounced from the ceiling, a.k.a. the lazy-man's setup.  :p


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Aug 28, 2014 10:47 |  #4180

Sirrith wrote in post #17121964 (external link)
Thanks! They were actually just on-camera flash bounced from the ceiling, a.k.a. the lazy-man's setup.  :p

Very cool mate, they look awesome!

I'm struggling for creative ideas, earlier I tried some OCF with a white umbrella but not that impressed with the results... I'm not really sure where I'm going wrong but they just look distinctly average!

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Aug 28, 2014 11:17 |  #4181

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Very cool mate, they look awesome!

I'm struggling for creative ideas, earlier I tried some OCF with a white umbrella but not that impressed with the results... I'm not really sure where I'm going wrong but they just look distinctly average!

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what i see wrong here is the colors are all so yellow, everything from the food to the table. Try mixing it up and switching out the plates, tables, napkins etc, add more drama to your stuff.


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Aug 28, 2014 11:45 |  #4182

Keydogg wrote in post #17122700 (external link)
I'm struggling for creative ideas, earlier I tried some OCF with a white umbrella but not that impressed with the results... I'm not really sure where I'm going wrong but they just look distinctly average!

The food looks good. I think one difficulty is the high average quality in this field. Many "perfect" photos of plated food are around. Doing something better than what you often see, or doing something different, is hard.

A parsley garnish (with radish, perhaps) would diversify the color. A riper tomato would help, too.

Lighting or angle that allowed the plate to show more contour would give the scene a greater 3D quality.


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Aug 29, 2014 15:14 |  #4183

Some raw cakes (not cooked)

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Aug 30, 2014 18:32 |  #4184

Keydogg wrote in post #17122700 (external link)
Very cool mate, they look awesome!

I'm struggling for creative ideas, earlier I tried some OCF with a white umbrella but not that impressed with the results... I'm not really sure where I'm going wrong but they just look distinctly average!

What other light sources did you have? I see several (quite hard) shadows going in several directions there, making it look slightly messy. Also, that big white patch on the steak is one of the causes of "averageness" :)

Tip: minimize the unwanted light sources, or just overpower them with flash completely.


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