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Five tips on making great food pictures with little effort/money (video demo)

StormbringerStormbringer Posts: 1,287
edited August 11 in EggHead Forum
I've been asked by a few people about what I do to make the food pictures look the way they do ... so I wrote a blog post about it (surprise!).


TL;DR
  1. Plan plated shots in advance with test pictures.
  2. Set the scene some cutlery, side dishes, wooden planks for steaks
  3. A good eye for composition and some advanced planning far outweighs using expensive camera equipment. Heck, most of my recent pictures are shot with an iPhone.
  4. Make the most of natural light, and use cheap daylight bulbs when necessary.
  5. Post-processing using Paint.net, a free software package
Here's a video of some post-processing ... with some awesome background music:



Thanks to @Photo Egg for the use of one of his shots.
Large BGE and MMX, both with platesetter and cast iron grid. Superpeel for pizza, iDevice for temperature.
Cooking on the large in deepest, darkest England since Oct 2015. MMX added to the family Mar 2016.
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Comments

  • Photo EggPhoto Egg Posts: 8,051
    edited August 11
    Great demo.
    Thank you,
    Darian

    Galveston Texas
  • fmackenfmacken Posts: 12
    Any chance I could forward mine your way to process? :)
  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 13,208
    Another thing to consider is the temp of the light bulb you're using. I bought a couple of 800 lumen, 60 watt replacement LED Daylight 5000K bulbs at Ace and used them with the spring clip aluminum reflector shop lights. Similar to daylight from a north facing window. Very accurate color representation.

    https://www.acehardware.com/departments/lighting-and-electrical/light-bulbs/led-bulbs/3618949

    I hate it when I go to the kitchen for food and all I find are ingredients!

                                                                …Unknown

    Michael 
    Central Connecticut 

  • LegumeLegume Posts: 8,431
    Would this work for pictures of razors and soap?
    Austin, TX
  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 27,590
    Another thing to consider is the temp of the light bulb you're using. I bought a couple of 800 lumen, 60 watt replacement LED Daylight 5000K bulbs at Ace and used them with the spring clip aluminum reflector shop lights. Similar to daylight from a north facing window. Very accurate color representation.

    https://www.acehardware.com/departments/lighting-and-electrical/light-bulbs/led-bulbs/3618949

    someone pead on that salmon!  seriously, looks like great lighting
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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 27,590
    the veggies in the top pic look lonely, like a clique in the desert 
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  • FoghornFoghorn Posts: 6,648
    Legume said:
    Would this work for pictures of razors and soap?
    Or anus?

    Asking for a friend. 

    XL BGE, Klose BYC, ProQ Excel, Weber Kettle, Firepit, Grand Turbo gasser, and a portable Outdoor Gourmet gasser for tailgating

    San Antonio, TX

  • lkapigianlkapigian Posts: 3,378
    edited August 12
    Great write up, somehow drinking comes into play with my stuff....learned this though from @foghorn today...doesnt make them look,better but ...
    Visalia, Ca
  • Mattman3969Mattman3969 Posts: 8,156
    Another thing to consider is the temp of the light bulb you're using. I bought a couple of 800 lumen, 60 watt replacement LED Daylight 5000K bulbs at Ace and used them with the spring clip aluminum reflector shop lights. Similar to daylight from a north facing window. Very accurate color representation.

    https://www.acehardware.com/departments/lighting-and-electrical/light-bulbs/led-bulbs/3618949

    Nice pics!   I guess you saved enough money burning RO to buy them bulbs.  Lol.   Just messin

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  • StormbringerStormbringer Posts: 1,287
    Thanks folks.

    @Carolina Q good suggestion :). I use the sort of bulb you mention when I can't use natural light. This is my setup:


    The bulbs are 1600 lumen, 30 watt, 6500K. I use two to spread the light, I guess I could use one to do the sort of shot you showed. Using them I can get shots like this:


    In that shot the light source was from WSW, with a bounce card at E to illuminate the cheese and eggs. There is a little over exposure on the spaghetti to the left of the picture, but that's fine, it's not like I'm shooting for magazines. Yet. ;)

    However, in looking at your pics, I wonder if I got 2 x 800 lumen bulbs I would solve some of the OO issues I have. I bought the 1600 lumen bulbs because, well, I didn't know what I was doing at the time. Maybe it's time to experiment a bit more.
    Large BGE and MMX, both with platesetter and cast iron grid. Superpeel for pizza, iDevice for temperature.
    Cooking on the large in deepest, darkest England since Oct 2015. MMX added to the family Mar 2016.
    --------------------------------------------------------------
    | My food blog ... BGE and other stuff http://www.thecooksdigest.com
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  • KayakKayak Posts: 165
    Carolina Q, are you just trying to show color with those photos? I'd want some light on the backsides of those items to reduce the contrast. Maybe a card or second, dimmer light.

    Bob

    New Cumberland, PA
    XL with the usual accessories

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