Lighting for food photography

This has to be the simplest, fastest and cheapest lighting setup I know; yet it works a treat for most editorial food photography assignments , as well as for many commercial location shooting. We did this picture with the students, last saturday, as part of my Sydney Food Photography Workshop for bloggers and beginners; the purpose was to show them what they can easily achieve, at home, with just one speed light – we used a single Nikon SB900 for this setup. (more…)

Food photography for bloggers and beginners

On saturday the 7th of December, at my Studio in Rosebery, I’ll be teaching a hands on food photography workshop for food bloggers and beginners; the class is almost full , but you might still be able to get in … if you are in Sydney and want to attend. Here is the direct link to the workshop page ( click here).

I quite like the definition of food photography given by Wikipedia: ” Food photography is a still life specialisation of commercial photography, aimed at producing attractive photographs of  food for use in advertisements, packaging, menus or cookbooks. Professional food photography is a collaborative effort, usually involving an art director, a photographer, a food stylist, a prop stylist and their assistants”.

What we do in class covers the subject of food photography from different perspectives, and aims at providing the students with a set of practical skills, as well as with a general understanding of how a typical food photography assignment might be approached and dealt with depending on the circumstances.

A hands on workshop is in my opinion the best way to learn food photography; however, I have compiled a short list of essential tips to share here with you all; this type of advice comes from experience, and if you make it yours it will point you in the proper direction right from the beginning.

Here it goes: (more…)

Food photography for restaurants

I do a lot of  photography for restaurants and food chains, in and around Sydney; and I love it ! every outlet is different. Sometimes we shoot at my Studio, but most times I go to them as it makes things easier for the clients.

I get asked often about my lighting setups and what I bring with me when I am on location; as I said, every restaurant is different and depending on the location I approach the shoot in a way rather than another – an inspection is definitely a must, before the shoot.

However I can share a simple lighting setup that will work every time and in every place, if you need to artificially light the scene, and you need consistent shots; i.e if you are shooting a restaurant menu.

It’s a no brainer: 2 lights setup, nothing else needed – except a white wall ( but you can it, if there aren’t any). (more…)