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Andrea Minoia

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While I like traditional food photography, at the moment I work on a more minimalistic approach: if you saw some of my photos on this community, you would have probably noticed that I tend to photograph sweets and ingredients, mostly in low and high key, using simple setups and few props on reflective surfaces.
I am now trying to introduce some concepts in my food photography, either by building surreal scenes, either by arranging the food in a certain way, like my recent coffeee/tea Yin and Yang or the image below.

It has been quite a refining process to arrive to this image and I am quite happy about it, both technically and for the concept I try to convey, which is that sometimes in love the best bits are tears. Tears are somewhat a measure and a way to show (and understand) how important something is for us.
But, while I can be happy with the image, I'd like to have your opinion about it, both photographically and as conceptual image: does it work the concept or it is just plain stupid? is the photo technically ok? how would you improve it?

Thank you to all of you will feel like to share their opinion. 
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shirley byrd

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Blackberry pie. This is such a delicious and an easy pie to make but my lattice crust did not brown evenly. Anyone know the secret, please enlighten me!

Canon Rebel 1200D with a 50mm prime lens on a tripod. 1/100 sec, f/4.0, ISO-100. Natural but cloudy daylight on left; soft box light in the back; and white foam bounce on right. On camera speedlight bounced from the ceiling. Some post processing. Still, I just couldn't get this to pop. Any suggestions are welcome as I plan to make peach pie with a lattice crust later?
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+shirley byrd I would love to see some props with the gorgeous pie.
It tilts down to the left, btw.
Here is one that I think pops: https://www.mysugarpie.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Blueberry-Lattice.jpg
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shirley byrd

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Hurray! I have my first speedlight, a Yongnuo. I'm looking forward to better light to the front of my subjects. After chasing my dog around the apartment clicking, clicking and clicking, she simply started turning her head another way when I aimed the camera at her face. So back to food photography where the subject stays still or just melts. LOL

Here's my first subject on learning how to use my speedlight with my long desire to do more reflection work but on white. Roma tomatoes and drizzled water on a Plexiglas (thanks to a gift from a neighbor). The reflection is not as defined as I would like but it's a start.

Canon Rebel 1200D with a 50mm prime lens. 1/50 sec, f/4.0, ISO-200. Shot on a tripod with natural light from left, soft box from back, and on the front is a speedlight bounce from the ceiling (forgot to order the dome diffuser). Touch of post processing in Lr.
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Andrea Minoia

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Freshly Squeezed Coffee Reprise

I have reworked a concept I show you some days ago, with the photo suggesting a coffe was prepared by squeezing coffe capsules as if those were some orange from which you get fresh orange juice.

I've changed all props and composition is now squared. Two flash units were used, placed on the front/left and front/right of the scene and my usual low key set was used. I included also a very dimmed (and quite particular) light bulb, to convey the mood this thing is done in a cave or some hidden/old place.

Smoke is real, even if it is produced by blowing off a candle hidden inside the white mag. I purposely make the scene dirty with coffee powder and stain to give the photo a more real feeling.

I'd like to have some feedback on the concept and if it was conveyed by this image and also if the composition is interesting enough.

Thank you
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Gabrielle Schadt

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Before and after of coffee cake. Window light on right and silver reflector on left.
Any suggestions welcome!
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shibani Mishra

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Hi Guys, I'm Shibani from Sydney. Made this cake---
Gluten free chocolate Almond cake with Candied orange.
Used D80 F-3.2 , SS 1/60 ISO 100
Would like to get a feedback. about the photograph.Thanks
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Thank you so much.

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Gabrielle Schadt

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Before and after of a simple/fresh dinner salad.
Window directly at right with translucent reflector to diffuse light. Silver reflector at 7 o'clock. DIY wood surface made out of raw floor boards and stained/painted/distressed. Black fabric background.
Edited in ACR and Photoshop.
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Thanks +Maribella Acevedo! :)
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Vicci Odeyemi

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Submitted this to Foodgawker and it got rejected. Reasons were "white balance and exposure issues", any suggestions how I can make this more vibrant? I already altered it a little in Photoshop but no use.

I used natural lighting and a white foam board reflector. I'm not really confident using artificial lighting so any other natural lighting tips?
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+Viana de León  You've been awesome. Thank you so much for the tips!! I appreciate all the constructive help that I can get :)
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Gabrielle Schadt

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Ingredient shot of potatoes and avocado.

Setup
Black fabric for the background which is located directly to the back of the food, silver reflector to bounce light in at 8 o'clock, white poster board at 6 o'clock, and the window directly on the right. The light from the window was diffused by using the translucent Neewer reflector to get a soft moody look and avoid blow outs. :)
Post Processing
The image was edited mostly in ACR. When editing raw, brightness, contrast, and sharpness were added just a little to the avocados, but more to the potatoes. Going under “split toning”, the shadows were changed to a blue color, and the highlight to a green/tan.
Finally when taken into Photoshop, curves and levels were used to enhance the potatoes and attract the eye of the viewer to them.

The goal was to create a simplistic image of the food and let the food speak for itself, but I am unsure as it seems it might be lacking something. Do you think the image is too bland or doesn't have enough going on? I am very thankful for any critique!
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+Gabrielle Schadt You are very welcome. Post a rework. ;-)
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Julie London (A Lady in London)

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There was lovely light in a coffee shop in London, so I put the cup next to a vase of tulips and shot from above by the window to capture the light and color. 
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Muy hermosa foto nada mas delicioso que el cafe , muy bellos los tulipanes
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Gabrielle Schadt

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Gluten free coffee cake.
Window directly on right with 1 silver reflector and a 1 white poster board to reflect light.
The image was adjusted in ACR and then brought into Photoshop and further edited with, curves, color balance, spot removal, and finally dodged and burned.
Please critique if you would like! :)
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Einladung zum Essen

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Hello! Let me know what you think about this pic of my bbq pineapple and what I can improve. It was made with my canon 600 d, f4.5, iso 200, 1/320.☺ thx 
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The food is beautifully composed but the photo is not. Perhaps a different surface under the plate. Also the light is uneven and too sharp. The fingerprints are distracting and make the plate look dirty.
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Einladung zum Essen

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Cano Eos 600d, natural light, Iso 200, f 4.5, 1/60. I'm happy about all constructive critique what you like and what i can improve!
 
Grill-Time an so einem schönen, sonnigen Wochenende, oder?
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Ich bin nicht so der riesige Marmeladen-Fan, aber (ist eigentlich komisch wenn ich es mir so überlege) ich liebe liebe liebe Chutneys. Vielleicht liegt es daran, dass die Chutneys zum Fruchtigen auch immer eine herrlich schar...
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Sure I am sorry. 
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Fatah Muse

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Simply one soft box and a reflector to soften the shadows. 
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.rich with vegetable....
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shirley byrd

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Oven cooked pork should spare ribs country style. My first shot at a hunk of meat which I decided to take on a last minute whim. So I didn't have any garnish to build it up. It doesn't quite tell the story but technically I thought it okay. Would love to get suggestions on styling.

Canon Rebel EOS w/50mm prime lens on a tripod. F/2.8, 1/60 sec, ISO-100. Natural light from left, soft box light from back. Lightroom post processing where I took the easy way out & clicked on auto.
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+Wendi Spraker I went to one class locally at a camera store but it was just too general. I couldn't find a photographer in my tiny town interested in teaching food photography. They kept saying it was a specialized area--and hard. They're all into landscape, nature and the beaches! Anyway, I scour the internet from YouTube to articles to blogs. There is one online-downloadable class I would love to take but will have to wait 'till my budget can handle it. In fact, the author is someone who sometimes shares images in this community. I saw previews of his food photography classes and they look to be very informative. The author/teacher is 'We Eat Together."
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shirley byrd

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Re-shot: Spicy Bloody Mary.
I rearranged the composition, got rid of some celery stalks, and changed the angle. Still, if something could go wrong while taking this shot, it did. And yes there is a nasty reflection on the glass from the platter. I did learn a lot more about Lightroom CC & PsCC. I also just got Window 10.

One other important thing I learned is that shooting under exposed & paying attention to the histogram is as much about changing one's mindset as it is about understanding how the settings work together.

Canon Rebel 1200D & 50mm prime lens on a tripod. F2/8, 1/250sec, ISO 200. Taken on a covered porch with natural light from back and right side. Also a softbox right front & white foam board on left. (+Greg Poulos  I couldn't find my gray card but the hunt for it is on my to do list.)
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I like the re-shoot much better.
Fun learning isn't it?

Always challenge yourself to get better, to learn a new item in post, or lighting, or setup.

Nice +shirley byrd 
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Karen Waples

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Back in 2014, I had the opportunity to attend a workshop with Helene Du Jardin in Auckland New Zealand. It was such a eye opener 1) to learn about shooting with natural light and 2) to see such a professional at work. This Antipasto Board was one of the shots that I took that day.
Natural Light, Nikon P7000, F7.1, 1/18, ISO 400.
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Gorgeous looking board! +Karen Waples 
Whites a bit blown due to a high ISO. Pix leans down at the left.
Did you get to eat the antipasto? :-))
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Gabrielle Schadt

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Attempt at trying to shoot Helene Dujardin's style (as mentioned in my previous post).
Critique is most welcome! 
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+Gabrielle Schadt You are most welcome!
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Leonardo Castro

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The challenge of photographing yellow or green sauces.

Sigo en mi desafío de fotografiar salsas verdes o amarillas, e intentar dejarles con un color natural.
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Nikon factor x 1.5 70-200mm f/2.8 VR
Disparo 1/10s f5 70mm ISO-100 Manual RAW
Edition Camara RAW + Photoshop CS6
Iluminación Formato X 2 Solftbox posteriores en diagonal + 2 reflectores Blanco/Mate opuestos.

Costillas con alcachofas y patatas en salsa de rúcula .
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Looks delicious, nice! 
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Dima Aboul Hassan

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Which one looks best?
Natural Light
Will upload BTS :)
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Thanks a lot for your kind words, I'm glad you like my work. I haven't officially worked in this field yet, all the shots I take are for satisfaction. I also prefer not to since I still don't have a full frame camera nor a professional lighting kit. As they say, in the photography industry; you have to have money to make money. So maybe later on when I make enough money I'll buy my full equipment and work on it. +James Gaffney​
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