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food photography albertoz 07/21/14(Mon)13:48 UTC+1 No.2368285 Report

Hi guys, first attempt to photograph food here. I'd like to hear your comments. criticisms, tips and stuff.

Mind a few things though:

1 - I didn't have half day to spend with food cooked specifically for the photoshooting, I had to improvise something with lights and sheets of paper and take pictures for about 30 seconds every dish before they had to bring it to the client.

2 - I need the pictures for a website I'm working on, therefore what I wanted were some attractive close-up of the food (not necessarily the whole dish) with a narrow DoF, because it seems to me that the industry demands this as the only way to make food appetizing and chic.

3 - The light set up was very poor (I'm no expert with that either): some random kitchen lights, white walls and metal surfaces all around, the build in flash (as a trigger) and a SB-600 as servo.

4 - Same thing for the lens. On my mind I was looking for narrow DoF (see point 2) and there wasn't much space where I could operate therefore I went for a 35mm f1.8, for the wide aperture.

5 - This is a quite strange restaurant, they only have 3-4 things on their menu because their very peculiar and traditional of this place in Italy. The dish you wont be able to figure out what is made of is called Pizzoccheri (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pizzoccheri) and the yellow porridge is Polenta (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polenta)

6 - And again, it was my first attempt to it.

thanks

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albertoz 07/21/14(Mon)14:10 UTC+1 No.2368311 Report

Thanks in advace for the C&C

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Anonymous 07/21/14(Mon)15:32 UTC+1 No.2368352 Report

I feel that the lighting is off and that these shots would have been better with more natural lighting, since food is a natural thing. This lighting makes me feel as if this is artificial food or something. I don't really know how to explain it.
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Anonymous 07/21/14(Mon)15:48 UTC+1 No.2368357 Report

Definitely need less whiteness and less flatness. These look really fucking nasty. More contrast, more warmth, more shadows. Maybe try using a small softbox above and in front of the food.

Maybe it's not your fault though. That food looks gross.
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Anonymous 07/21/14(Mon)15:49 UTC+1 No.2368359 Report

>>2368287

Looks like littered entrails of forest animals.
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Anonymous 07/21/14(Mon)17:51 UTC+1 No.2368425 Report

stop the fuck down and get the whole dish in focus or at least something other than the very center of the dish. The lighting worked for a few shots but overall, it seemed too fake, but it was ok given your limited resources. Composition needs work, just the angles and cropping of the dishes was annoying, the layout of the food was goof, but that's the chef, not you.
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Ayya 07/21/14(Mon)19:25 UTC+1 No.2368474 Report

>>2368291
>>2368306
>>2368298
>>2368301
>>2368303


These are the only ones that look appetizing to me.

I personally don't like shallow DOF in food photography for the most part. not only does it make the food look small if used excessively it makes it less apparent what the food is.

>>2368306
This with a background the same yellow or green as the plate decorations would be great.
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Anonymous 07/21/14(Mon)20:12 UTC+1 No.2368509 Report

>>2368311

I think this is the most successful.

In general I think biggest thing to work on is composition of the images. you can try incorporating utensils, cloth napkins,etc. Try to change the angle of the camera and it also seems like you've used too narrow of a DOF on a lot of these.
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Anonymous 07/25/14(Fri)18:07 UTC+1 No.2371410 Report

Gonna post some shitty food photographs I took. First time I've ever tried any sort of food photography, tell me what I'm doing wrong.

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Anonymous 07/25/14(Fri)18:09 UTC+1 No.2371412 Report

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Anonymous 07/25/14(Fri)18:09 UTC+1 No.2371413 Report

>>2371410
That looks gross
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Anonymous 07/25/14(Fri)18:10 UTC+1 No.2371414 Report

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Anonymous 07/25/14(Fri)18:11 UTC+1 No.2371415 Report

>>2371413
Looks kinda gross, tasted quite nice. Tomato, Mozarella & Pesto on a toasted Panini.

aaand 4/4. Be rough with me, /p/.

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Ayya 07/25/14(Fri)18:17 UTC+1 No.2371419 Report

>>2371410
tomato seed looks out of place there. bread looks moldy because there's not enough DOF to see that it's toasted.


>>2371412
>>2371414
They look like they were taken with flash you've got harsh lighting and it looks awful for the subject matter, There's a reason fancy restaurants use large incandescent lights not tiny fluorescent ones. There's again no reason for the shallow DOF here why does having less than 10% of the cucumber in focus help anything?

The pasta looks greasy and the bokeh is unpleasant. You have white balance issues.

>>2371415
Carrots are dry, you're supposed to take photos of food not ingredients.

1/10, throw them all out and start over with one dish, a tripod and some lights.
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Anonymous 07/25/14(Fri)18:18 UTC+1 No.2371420 Report

>>2371415
>>2371414
>>2371412
>>2371410
I don't know shit about food photography but none of those look tasty at all.
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