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Feb 05, 2012 19:12 |  #1

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What're your guy's thoughts? (I need more light in my little studio area... I've only got 300w and my 580exII and it's making me not happy.

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Feb 05, 2012 20:02 |  #2

Looks good, although you seem to have eaten half of the last cookie. Where's mine?




  
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Feb 05, 2012 22:07 |  #3

I would love to see the same shot but with a white plate. The black gives a reflection that is kind of distracting. A minor nitpick for sure.




  
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Feb 06, 2012 06:41 |  #4

Looks sharp. Looks good. Recipe?


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Feb 06, 2012 08:10 |  #5

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Looks sharp. Looks good. Recipe?

The wife will have the recipe up on her blog today @ arismenu.com.


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Feb 06, 2012 09:01 |  #6

Here are a couple more from the series... I'll be so happy to get my 24-70 back today... so I am not trying to cram this stuff in with my 100mm macro. :)


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Feb 06, 2012 11:26 |  #7

IMO your light could stand to be a lot softer, most food shoots typically try to emulate sunlight, your light is really hot.

Also, I find the black plate distracting, maybe a lighter color or at least more cookies?


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Feb 06, 2012 11:40 |  #8

arich wrote in post #13834806 (external link)
IMO your light could stand to be a lot softer, most food shoots typically try to emulate sunlight, your light is really hot.

Also, I find the black plate distracting, maybe a lighter color or at least more cookies?

Yeah, I was working with 3x100w daylight bulbs... putting them through a diffuser didn't give me enough light... I need to suck it up and build a softbox or get a better continuous light source.


Thanks for the critique.


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Feb 06, 2012 11:49 |  #9

Not a bad start at all. With desserts, you usually want more than one on a plate though. An off center stack behind would be better. When choosing a plate or other kitchen ware, try to get sonething that does not have a front lip. Take a look at the cookie books out there and get good ideas for shooting the flavor. I like a few crumbs but you have a few too many.

If you don't already have one get Digital Food Photography by Lou Manna. I have a dog eared copy right by my confy chair.


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Feb 06, 2012 12:35 |  #10

LBaldwin wrote in post #13834924 (external link)
Not a bad start at all. With desserts, you usually want more than one on a plate though. An off center stack behind would be better. When choosing a plate or other kitchen ware, try to get sonething that does not have a front lip. Take a look at the cookie books out there and get good ideas for shooting the flavor. I like a few crumbs but you have a few too many.

If you don't already have one get Digital Food Photography by Lou Manna. I have a dog eared copy right by my confy chair.

Sweet! Thank you I'm trying to break into food photography and get up on foodgawker.

We went thrift store shopping to find accessories / props for her food.

Thanks for the tips. :)


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Feb 06, 2012 23:03 |  #11

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... or at least more cookies?

Agree. The cookie is being overwhelmed by the plate. Perhaps a trio of the cookies, one with a bite out of it leaning on the other two? The crumbs are a bit much... Very Good lookin' cookie, though.

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Feb 07, 2012 01:15 |  #12

I do need you to ship samples to me for "photography"... say a couple of dozan or so.. LOL


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Feb 07, 2012 09:39 |  #13

Not bad, I find the black plate a little distracting as it accentuates the crumbs and makes the whole composition a bit noisier. Like it's been said, try it with a different plate, like a shallower white plate or something.


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Feb 07, 2012 12:11 |  #14

Thanks guys! Even with the composition problems... it was still accepted at FoodGawker which makes me delighted.

I'm going to continue working on my food photography. :)


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Feb 07, 2012 13:21 |  #15
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I think that this would be better if it were on a white background. Even if you put a white napkin on the black plate.




  
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