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Monday, April 25, 2011

The Dish On Food Photos—04/25/11

Five tips for beginning food shooters

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4. Work with what you’ve got.
Don’t feel like you can’t shoot great food photographs without expensive strobes and studio gear. It doesn’t so much matter what kind of light you have—as long as you know how to use it. “The key to good photography is being able to modify the light source you have,” Adams says. “That might mean for window light you screen it down a bit with black cards, use reflectors to fill shadows, etcetera. You can even make a decent photo using ugly overhead fluorescent lighting if you are able to shape it with cards and reflectors. As long as you are able to control color temperature and use a tripod, the amount and quality of light aren't as important as your ability to shape it.”


5. Keep the lighting simple, too.
Natural light is important when shooting food. Not that you have to utilize ambient daylight, but that you create lighting that is natural in appearance. “Over the years,” Adams says, “I've come to the conclusion that simpler is usually better when it comes to lighting. It's not often that one needs more than a couple of lights to do a good job on a food photo. Studying the effects of natural light is a good way to understand how to recreate it in the studio. Most of my work is done with electronic flash, and I frequently use a combination of soft overall light combined with a fresnel spot for bringing out texture of the food.”

To learn more about food photography from Steve Adams, consider attending one of his week-long classes at the Maine Media Workshops. www.mainemedia.edu/workshops

To see more of his work, visit his web site at www.steveadamsstudio.com

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