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Tea time for two

A few days ago my dear friend +Andrea Minoia introduced me into a new photographic genre, one I never think about it.

So I just tried to have fun doing some little copy of a copy of an already seen thing.

Only reflective black piano, black background, natural light and a silver reflector 90à degrees on my right

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+Greg Poulos thanks
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Marco Jacobs

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Fish Soup

Blue fill as background light and 2 soft-boxes for the dish itself.
Polarized filter to reduce reflection from white plates.

www.marcojphotography.com
http://www.marcojphotography.com/portfolio#/food-one-theme/


#Sydneyphotographer #Food #Photographer #Lifestyle #Hotel #Resort Commercial #Australia #Goldcoast 
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This is very interesting +Marco Jacobs Although, the food is a bit lost with the high key treatment. Is this for the menus?
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I would like ask the community if you had any suggestions with pleasing a client in the way of taking the photos in a certain style.

A client wants me to shoot images for her cookbook and blog and she wants a rustic/farmhousey style.
She likes this section of amazing Helen's photography.
http://www.helenedujardinphoto.com/food

Realizing that it probably will take till I'm 90 to get to that point to be as good as Helen (or never :)), do you have any suggestions how I can adjust my lighting, composition, etc. to possibly achieve a style close to the description above?

Honestly I do not feel I am good enough to have my photos in a cookbook but I want to make my client happy.

Any suggestion or advice would be very much appreciated. :) Thank you!

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+Gabrielle Schadt You are most welcome -- hope it helps ;-) 
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Does anyone have photos or suggestions for studio setup? Right now I am struggling with getting the setup/lighting right. As an armature photographer, I'm always second guessing myself and thinking that how I'm shooting or my setup isn't right. It would be so inspiring and assuring to see a glimpse of your studio setup or hear of suggestions. 
Thank you! 
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I agree light is the key. It really is. 
Studying photography in different cookbooks the other day, it was incredible to see which photographers knew how to use light.
Also thank you for the information on the editing programs. :)
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shirley byrd

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How do you know when your food photography is good enough to start a portfolio?   I haven't even decided where I'm going with food photography.  Right now I just love the challenge and the learning.  I'm goal oriented so at some point I know I need to make decisions.  

I did put up an unpublished website.  The images are really blown up & I see all the flaws and areas where I need to improve--especially lighting.  I don't feel I have a style yet so I just explore.  Still, I wonder if/how I should be working on a portfolio if for no other reason than documenting my journey.  
What's your food photography 'raison d'être'?
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+shirley byrd Thanks! I was a still life painter before I became obsessed with photography. My little photo station for food is set up in our dining room. Thus, the light is always coming from the right and back. Naturally, landscapes and portraits have the light coming from other directions. 
So, just make a collection of your best "perfect" photos. :-)
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Roberta Sala

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Italian Style. Tartare of artichokes . Lights 5000k white reflector . Nikon D7100 , sigma105 macro , tripod
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Roberta Sala

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Italian style. Stockfish with potatoes . Nikon D7100 , Sigma105 macro , tripod . Light sofbox from 5000k . white reflector . I used ISO 500 , for the next shots I shall see ISO and aperture . lightroom to process the raw
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Roberta Sala

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Good evening , I made ​​this shot with a Nikon D7100 . Sigma 105 macro and tripod- As lights I used a sofbox daylight , I helped her with a white reflector . This is my first shots at food and I would get criticism and advice from you. This is a dish of stockfish an Italian restaurant
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+Roberta Sala It is a very nice composition and colours. Looks delicious! 
The shot is rather grainy, probably because your ISO is @ 500. That has also overexposed the shot a bit. You should do your best to stay around ISO/100 if at all possible for a non noisy shot. Most professionals will never go over 800, but typically with a tripod. If there is not enough light, try a short time exposure or use exposure compensation. Put your camera into Aperture mode and let it choose the shutter speed. 
The shallow DOF @ f/3.2 has put the crostini in focus, but the fish is out of focus. Try to stay between f/5.6 and f/11 for a wider DOF.  Focus on the hero of the dish. 

There is also a blue/green cast on the whites. That indicates a white balance issue. Here are some tutorials that might be helpful:
Get your White Balance Right in Seconds Using Grey Card 
http://digital-photography-school.com/get-your-white-balance-right-in-seconds-using-grey-card/

White & Black Point Setting in Lightroom: http://www.peachpit.com/articles/article.aspx?p=2117243&seqNum=9

White Balance Photoshop: http://photoblogstop.com/photoshop/accurate-white-balance-adjustments-in-photoshop
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shirley byrd

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Discussion/Question:  How to photo a powder sprinkle.  In this case powdered sugar on a bundt cake..  This was my first attempt and it came out as a blur.  I could increase the ISO but am concerned about getting a lot of noise.  Anyone having done/tried this?  What lighting did you use, etc.?

Canon Rebel T5. 50mm prime lens.  F/6.3, 1/25 sec, ISO 100. Aperture priority mode.
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Although, the blur is kind of fun!
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Andrea Minoia

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* Small Red Hot Pepper Flambé*

I found these small, round, hot peppers on my local grocery store and so, naturally, I bought a couple of them.

After a standard photo, I took the bigger one and realised my first in-house open flame photography.

Since I suck in photoshop, all you see is real and the only elaboration was combine different photos. In order to get the flame, I cut the top of the pepper and I stuffed it with some cotton soaked in Zippo fuel.

I placed a single flashgun on the left of the set and a circular silver reflector on the right.

Befor lit it I had a go with a candle to check wether my exposition was good or not. In doing so I noticed that blowing off the candle would produce a thick smoke I was able to photograph for a very short period of time right after the candle goes off.

So, I lit the pepper and I took sever photos so to be able to choose the best one with a more dynamic flame. Next, with the pepper no more on fire, I hid the candle used previously behind the pepper, lit it it and then blown the flame off and snapped quickly many photos to capture the smoke.

I have selected 7 frames I have then edited and combined in PS to create this final image. What do you think?

#food   #foodphotography   #fire   #flame  
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shirley byrd

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Question: I have a soft box with a diffuser that measures 21-3/4" square which I use to supplement the natural light I get from a window (a light source I can't always depend upon to get). My experience with this soft box is that I just don't get enough diffused light to get the soft natural look I want. Since I of course already have a stand and a 4 light bulb fixture, can I just replace the small soft box with a much larger one? Any caveats I should be aware of?
I forgot to note that I've read a couple of articles stating the larger the light source, the softer the image which is why I'm thinking of getting a larger soft box.

I'm also getting a speedlight.
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+Alessio Fangano Yes, thank you. The Yongnuo is top on my list for a less expensive speedlight.
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Marco Jacobs

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It's High Tea at Fairmont Peace Shanghai.

Brief: Feature the full serving at the hotel including the environment in which guests can expect to enjoy while spending the afternoon over tea. The 1800's interior design needed to be complimented by the way in which the serving gets offered and the photograph needs to tell that story.

Method: Since the hotel's tea room had beautiful interior with even better ambient light I wanted to use the available light to firstly at my advantage plus I didn't want to change the feel of the presentation by using big strobes. So I used the large windows as back light and with an orange filter on a single strobe from the side 45' up just enough to get rid of sharp reflections and feature the spread as main feature.

Getting the full table of about 1m in diameter in focus while shooting up close and still have the back ground fall out just enough so not to steal the show and confuse the viewer was a matter of trial and error.

http://www.marcojphotography.com/portfolio#/food/
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shirley byrd

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Histograms!  Today, I started learning 1) how to read histograms and 2) how to set up shots using my histogram readings.  I just played around while pushing to the limits for lighting, using higher F-stops but trying not to blow out the white.  This is one of 3 set ups.

On the top right rim of the bowl, I know there is a thin line blow out.  It shows up in my camera image review with the histogram.  I'm thrilled that the camera actually flashes where there is a blow out.  But the histogram in Photo Shop and the software that came with my camera both do not indicate a blow out.  
Question:  So does this mean there is no data and can't be fixed it?  Seems obvious but want to be sure I understand what's going on.  Thanks much for any responses.

Canon EOS Rebel T5.  50mm prime lens.  Hand held. F/7.1, 1/15 sec, ISO-200, Manual settings.  No post processing.
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+shirley byrd You are welcome. 
An easy way to learn about histograms is to shoot a subject with varying exposures and pay attention to how the histogram changes. 
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Roberta Sala

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My first bottle of wine italian . Light cube , three sofbox from external 5000k , Nikon D7100 , tripod. Photoshop post production.
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+Kartik Singh thank you
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Roberta Sala

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Italian style. This shot is part of my first photographic shots to food . I will keep in mind the advice you gave me in the previous post for the next shots . Nikon D7100 , SIgma 105 macro , tripod . Light 5000k and white reflector . The next shots will make them in the anti-reflective box .
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+Roberta Sala OK, great! So, use the HSL color adjustment point in the Develop Module to tone down the yellow a bit. Here is a tutorial.
Controlling Selective Color Changes in Lightroom http://tv.adobe.com/watch/adobe-evangelists-julieanne-kost/controlling-selective-color-changes-in-lightroom/
Do you know about the Nik plugins? They are indispensable and free:  https://www.google.com/nikcollection/
I would urge you to get them to vastly improve your processing. :-) 
Very intuitive and easy to learn, especially compared to Photoshop. 
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Julia Al Arab

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I'm a little confused which photo I should use, I love the close one but my sister says - according to golden crop - the other one is better! what do you think?  Also the colors, I'm not sure of my laptop screen colors, are the colors good have too much saturation?! which colors are best in these two photos?!
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I like the 2nd photo best! Very vibrant colors! I'm very new to photography so I don't have any constructive criticism for you.
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Reon Hart

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A simple ribeye steak action shot on the grill.
Natural back light and slightly overhead from afternoon sun.
Open to f4  to add just enough detail to the foreground and background pieces, especially the rising smoke. I thought it would add more interest to the shot. 
Final crop and sharpen using adobe lightroom.
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+shirley byrd, noted and much thanks for the tips.
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