Join Bill Robbins for an in-depth discussion in this video Finding creative backgrounds, part of Food and Drink Photography.
Even in the simplest of setups, the background is a key element.…The background helps set the stage and also is a way for us as photographers to…express our individual styles and tastes.…Backgrounds can come in from all types of materials: paper, wood, plastic, metal, even dirt.…Here are some that I brought in today.…From a skateboard deck, torn paper bag, a piece of old metal, and a piece of found wood.…
All of these have the advantage of being cheap.…In advertising, backgrounds have a tendency to be more clean and proper, while in…editorial work we can be a little bit more adventurous.…We can break backgrounds down into three general categories.…First, environmental. An example would be shooting in a restaurant where we…see part of the environment out of focus in the background, and it helps tell the story.…Second, stylistic:…a setting that you most likely would not find in our everyday life.…
For our studio example, I brought in a torn piece of bag, put that underneath a…plate that has a couple of croissants on it, and surrounded that with some sheer…
- 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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