Food is something we all enjoy, and we are bombarded with photographs of food from every angle, from the slightly annoying constant Facebook updates of peoples dinner to the giant billboards we see as we drive through our towns and cities, also the adverts on television all enticing us to head off to the shops and buy these products.
Increasingly food photography is becoming more adventurous as styles change with the way food is presented to us in new and exciting ways. I want to start off with some fairly straightforward examples of food shots and then in the months to come, get more adventurous and show some interesting modern techniques that are in style at present. There has been a massive increase in awareness of healthy eating over the last decade and food is an industry gaining momentum the more we take food seriously, celebrity chefs are leading the way with campaigns against fast food chains and awareness drawn toward sustainability in the fishing industry, all topics we should be aware of as its vitally important what we put into our bodies, and especially important we set high standards when it comes to food, so future generations can follow suit.
For this shot i wanted to achieve a mixture of both flash and natural light so I placed a table next to the bifold doors in my studio where there is lots of natural light pouring in and placed the bread onto a chopping board along with some other ingredients, then i just found the angle for my tripod and set the camera into position.
I have used one 500w bowens head with a medium sized soft box attached to the left hand side, and slightly behind pointing down across the table. I wanted the spill from this soft box to also create a subtle gradient onto the background from light to darker grey, as well as being the key light for the food itself. This light along with the diffused natural light pouring in through the windows gave me a good starting point. Next i added another 500w head with a snoot attached to add light to the right hand side of the bread to really show some texture to the loaf and avoid any spill light onto the background. I also added a gold reflector on the right hand side to bounce a little warmer light onto the scene and then made a few adjustments in post.
This image was shot using two heads with snoots attached with honeycomb grids to really narrow the light to a small beam concentrating on just the plate.
Here i chose an angle low down and wanted to use foods with vibrant colours in the foreground. The dappled light in the background is a head with 30 degree honeycomb grid attached shooting through a house plant. The foreground is lit using a standard reflector to give a hard light that adds strong highlights and makes those colours really pop.\r\n\r\nAs you can see from the melting ice, maybe it was a bad idea having the underfloor heating on!