Over the past few years I've been working on videoing and photographing food for Rie's Kitchen.
My general rule is to be authentic, that is we eat the food after the shoot. There is no hair spray or any other weird food tricks going on here.
So this is the hero shot:
This is what it looks like behind the camera.
You'll notice the camera is atteched to a glide, this is because every shoot we do these days we do three things:
1. Video pan - for the YouTube hero shot.
2. Landscape - for the YouTube thumbnail, and social media.
3. Portrait - for the book (yes we now have a Rie's Kitchen book).
The light is coming from the skylight above - natural light is king (use it whenever you can).
Then there are three bounce cards (one is just a folded card - awesome trick that, it stands all by itself).
Then there is professional reflector, on the left - just to help out with the key lighting.
The rear card is actually to block out some of the light falling on the back of the "set", helps darken the bench top.
The configuration of this scene is really just experimentation, with a basic idea in mind.
The set up is generally done with a stand in - because food flattens real quick, and so you generally want to just swap in the hero food at the last minute and shoot. If done right, you can be eating still warm pancakes!
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Monday, February 4, 2013
The above shot is a classic long exposure and light painting, taken at the start of this year.
The camera is set to manual focus (mostly because the auto-focus struggles in low light).
Time priority of say 30 seconds, a manual flash is triggered to exposure the subject, then you paint in the "art". The beauty of this technique, over say just doing it in Photoshop, is you actually get the correct radiosity off the painted light for free. I think that's what makes these kinds of photos look so compelling.
I realized when describing this technique to a friend, that I have been experimenting with Light Painting for over twenty years now - which was a scary thought. When I started, it was all on film of course, and we had no idea whether it was working how we wanted it or not. You would think I'd have mastered it by now.
Old school, taken on film: