Food photography for blogging is really different than how the pros do it (commercial food photography), most often that not, we don’t have control on lighting in a typical restaurant set up. And though we have reflectors, speedlights, and other helpful stuff to improve the quality of our photos or salvage the situation, sometimes the fear of disturbing other diners at the restaurants (using flash or bringing out large reflectors while dining) becomes evident.
So when a restaurant owner (from a previous post) said that he was in need of some stock photos for their menu and other ad stuff. I was more than willing to step up and volunteered for the job and he said YES, Great!
So I was really excited with the project brought the stuff that I thought I could use for the shoot, cardboards for reflecting the light, tracing paper to diffuse the light and some other things. The day came and I went to their commissary with some of my closest friends for some helping hands and moral support 😀 (Lucky to have them)
The food may look enticing to us when they prepare it but it doesn’t transcend to the pictures. And since I’m new to these stuff, I was lost in the process had no idea how to deal with the problems that would be present during the shoot. And when the time I finally got the hang of things, our main source of light (natural light – day light) wasn’t available so we had to call it a day.
Here are some of the shots that I got from the shoot earlier. Do know that all of them are raw (untouched, unedited) and this will not be the final image as I’m going to process it in post. Please do not copy or use the images without permission 😀
As some of you may agree, an interesting background / foreground would make this image even more appetizing. That’s one important note to myself next time.
Like I said I’m not a pro photographer and I’m still learning how to take good pictures of food, there’s clearly a lot of room for improvement but this is an ongoing project and I’ll have more control over proping and some other stuff for our next shoot. I’ll post updates on this project soon, so stay tuned 😀
So what do you think are the pictures bad? 🙁