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    Hi, I'm a student studying graphic design and I have been given a live brief from a branding studio called side-by-side, if you're familiar with their work you will of probably guessed I'll be working on food typography.

    I am perfectly fine with food typography, however I am no expert in photography and it is crucial that I get the right shots. Here is some useful information that you may like to know. Hopefully you guys could give me some tips.

    Photography Tools
    Camera: Sony DSC-H300 (Bridge)
    Light Sources: Natural Daylight / Amber Lit Desk Lamp / Flash Camera

    Food and Resources
    Panel: A 100% Slate Cheese Board
    Main Theme: Asian Ice Cream & Sorbet

    Theme 1: Matcha Green Tea
    Theme 2: Black Pepperseed
    Theme 3: Chocolate Miso

    Each theme will include the following ingredients and surroundings of resources relative to the theme and Asian culture.

    NOTE: The themes will be shot from a birds-eye-view perspective, also to get a clear picture of what my intents are, have a look at some examples produce by Side-by-Side

    Look forwards to hearing from you guys

  • #2
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    • #3
      Food is really tough to photograph appealingly. In fact it is a profession for people to master. We jokingly call the images ''Food Porn'' and the photographers ''Food Fluffers'' because sometimes you have to apply some hand-work to make the food look appealing. And not always edible. Things like glycerine for shine and matte varnish for bread crusts....

      While those photos you linked to show actual application of something by hand, don't assume it is the food in question.
      It may be. It might not be. It may be that the company in question requires that it BE the actual food in question.

      You will find that ice cream is going to be very very tricky, especially using a desk lamp.
      You might want to find someplace cold to do it. LOL.

      An amber lit desklamp isn't going to cut it. Go to a hardware store and get at least a pair of clamp on scoop work lights, those 10" diameter ones.
      Something like this - though you can get them cheaper without the guard on them:

      Then get yourself a couple of 5000k daylight lamps (bulbs) from a photo supply store and maybe some diffusion sheeting while you are there.
      If short on cash, while at the hardware store get a couple daylight CFLs or maybe even plain old-fashioned type bulbs, though they will be hotter. For a diffuser, a translucent drop cloth type plastic might work. Don't melt it with your lamps.

      Here's a nice little article on product shot lighting:

      And here is an article about a actual Food Fluffer. LOL.

      Sounds like a fun project. If you are allowed by your client, post some of your results in the student crit section.
      Last edited by PrintDriver; 04-10-2016, 05:48 AM.


      • #4
        Some tips
        Do NOT use your on-camera flash
        Or use a high ISO instead of a tripod (last resort)
        Or use a high ISO instead of a tripod (last resort)
        Use props but not too many
        Stay away from bold patterns on plates and fabrics
        Back up and zoom in
        Get vertical!
        Use a small f-stop number to get shallow depth of field
        Keep your food looking fresh on set


        • #5
          Wonderful tips are given regarding food photography. Perfect guidelines are mention before taking a picture.


          • #6
            I am not a professional, but I would say that you should try and use a natural light. Shoot from different angles will make the food more good looking. Also be careful with the background. It can distract the viewers from the main element of the picture.






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