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One of my recent shoots was a food photography shoot in Bolton and I thought I would share some images on my photography blog.
I shot a variety of images on the day but the ones I am showing now are salad images with props to help the look for a Russell Hobbs brand shoot for their website and social media channels. The main image I am showing is the birds eye view look which is very popular over the recent years in food photography. This image works very well with that type of angle, I have said it before on my blog but the high end look from a shoot like this is helped by using a food stylist.
I have used daylight from the windows by shooting at a longish shutter speed, 1 second exposure. I also used flash as a fill in light from the lower side of the frame. I shot at an aperture of F/11, this is because it one of the sharpest settings from my lens, I normally will try to use a lower ISO number to increase quality, higher ISO numbers light ISO 800 would introduce some digital grain. Especially on the camera I used which is the Canon 5DS R. The camera does work well for food shoots like this, it is almost a studio camera but can be used elsewhere but really needs either a lot of light or a tripod. I used a Tamron 24-70mm F2.8 lens, I shot at 70mm to reduce any distortion. The flash lighting I used is Elinchrom, this is because they are Professional level lighting equipment and the costs are reasonable.
My other image which is a close up image of the salad shows the closest point at which this Tamron 24-70mm lens can focus. It really isn’t a macro lens but it is a good lens with some versatility like what I have shown here. Again I used the lens at 70mm but this time the aperture is F/5.6, a common setting for food photography, it creates depth to the images and makes the viewer pay more attention to the areas in focus, the subject weare shooting is salad and that is where I want the viewers attention to be focused on.
Bokeh is the quality of out of focus areas, this lens has some nice bokeh considering it isn’t a prime lens, which area the best lenses to have nice bokeh.
I hope you like results from this food photography shoot in Bolton, if there is a photography topic you would like to hear about in my blog please let me know. Thanks for reading, Phill.
I have worked on many food photography shoots and I don’t get to do as many drinks photography shoots when comparing it to the other types of photography I work on. But I have some drinks images here to show you. The first image is of what is wonderfully named ‘Mocktail’, it is a healthy alternative to the cocktails which normally are alcohol based. This drink is much like a normal strawberry fruit smoothie with added nuts which have been blended using a food blender, Russell Hobbs blender as this is reason for this shoot.
Often when doing photoshoots for clients they have to be planned in advance, which is why here we have a summer themed shoot shot in winter, and the opposite also happens regularly too. It can be a challenge depending on the type of photoshoot but when shooting in a studio there is a lot of control for the photographer to create the ideal image. This image is simple but effective, the main aspect to think about the the styling which is taken care of by the stylist James for this shoot.
The other image of of a more traditional cocktail drink, bars are always looking to do something different with there cocktails to grab peoples attention. Using a watermelon as the cup is a novel approach to cocktail making, this also has the summer theme but with more of a beach vibe. In each the colours from the natural fruits are what stand out. One thing I also look for is the textures which can really be seen with some studio lighting skills.
I have used some post-production techniques in Photoshop to help achieve this look, a small boost in colour saturation, cutting out each item and checking the histogram levels. plus lots more little secret bits and bobs to get a finished professional look.
I hope you enjoyed this blog post, if there is a subject matter you wish to have featured please let me know.
Happy new year,
I have been working on some food photography in Manchester for an editorial feature for George Foreman, it is to be featured in the Tesco food magazine. It shows a variety of dishes that can be made with the George Foreman grill.
The main image shown in the blog is a shot of tofu stir fry, I shot this using my Nikon camera set-up, also using studio flash as a fill in light but the main light was window light directly from behind. The other photographs show a table spread, different types of food all which can be made using the George Foreman grill, the location we used is a big empty factory which was a cotton mill a long time ago located in Failsworth, Manchester. On this shoot I worked with the clients, along with a Chef and an Art Director to create images that can cover all bases, for different peoples image needs within the business.
If you are interested in using my services for a food photography shoot please get in contact and I will be happy to talk about how we can work together.
If you have any topics you would like to heat about I would like to know and I may make a new blog post about your subject of interest.