Join Bill Robbins for an in-depth discussion in this video Staging a grilled steak, part of Food and Drink Photography.
In this movie, we'll have our food stylist, Claire Stancer, put together a…steak that will look good enough to eat, but this one is only for looking…beautiful for the camera.…What you are going to see is the steps that it takes Claire to put together a…beautiful steak for my shot.…But before we go through that, let me just explain what I have out on my set.…We are trying to recreate late-afternoon direct sunlight that you would have outdoors.…So what I have is a strobe that's off camera--…you can see it firing there--and over the face of the strobe, I have a warming…shell that's going to give us the feel of that late-afternoon direct light.…
So let me frame this up.…We are in fairly tight.…Okay, so I am looking at the back of the camera, and I see that we have a…fairly contrasty scene.…So I am exposing correctly for the highlights, but on the shadow side, the side…facing the camera, it's going quite dark.…So I am going to take a little fill card, put that in here, and let's see…how effective that is. Okay.…
- 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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