Join Bill Robbins for an in-depth discussion in this video Composing a point of view: Profile or overhead, part of Learning Food and Drink Photography.
One of the first things we need to consider when setting up the shot is where…is the camera? What's our point of view?…This is an important decision, as it helps tell the story.…We previously talked about a graphic approach versus an emotional approach as a…starting point in setting up our shot and establishing that point of view.…It's important to stay flexible in thinking about point of view and explore…other possibilities as we look through the viewfinder.…In this example, I started with a higher point of view because I thought the…subject lent itself to a more graphic approach.…
The graphic approach emphasizes line, shape, color, and texture.…Looking through the viewfinder, I noticed a small detail, that the dollop…itself became compressed.…However when I dropped the point of view to a lower position, I found the light…hitting the subject became much more descriptive.…So you can see the light as it hits the chocolate and becomes more descriptive,…and you can also see how the dollop itself separates itself out from the rest of the story.…
- Understanding what makes a food photo appetizing
- Comparing emotional and graphic compositional styles
- Choosing the right camera
- Evaluating lens options
- Choosing light reflectors
- Finding creative backgrounds
- Creating specular and diffuse lighting setups
- Creating different looks for each dish
- Creating a chill effect for drinks
- Shooting on location at a restaurant
- Editing photos
Skill Level Intermediate
1. The Two Flavors of Food Photography
2. Essential Gear
3. Lighting Techniques
4. Setting Up the Shot
5. Styling and Shooting Food
6. Staging and Shooting Drinks
7. Shooting at a Restaurant
8. Creative Shooting Techniques
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