It’s been very crazy and busy the last few weeks. I thought it would be fun to show some recent photo shoots and some behind the scenes shots.
I had a very fun shoot with a good friend, chef and budding new food stylist, Sarah Simms Hendrix of La Femme Epicure. We tested several breakfast dishes.
All the images were shot with natural light on a Canon 5d Mark II with a 24-105mm lens.
The surface we are shooting on is called chalkboard paper. Sarah found this for us. It actually came with chalk as well, but in the shipping, they were pretty damaged.
The set is very simple – I opened the studio door and shot inside so that I was in open shade – no direct sunlight at all.
The black card you see on the left is actually a large fill card – to fill in the shadows on that side of the set. It’s black on one side and white on the other.
I am shooting tethered as I always do, so that I can edit the images as we shoot.
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Sarah tried a food styling technique for cooking the “sunny side up” eggs. We used the food styling bible, The Food Stylist’s Handbook, written by my friend and teaching colleague, Denise Vivaldo. She has a whole section in there about different ways to style eggs.
There are several ways to style sunny side up eggs. This technique in Denise’s book talks about poaching the eggs at a low temperature in vegetable oil, just enough to cook the whites. One would NEVER eat such a thing, but it photographs beautifully!
Here is Sarah making some finishing touches on our shot.
Ok, did you notice the white tape on the $1200 lens? EVERY zoom lens I have ever had, can NOT hold the focal length (where you zoom it to) when shooting direct overhead. Sooooo annoying. So, I set the focal length I want, then I have to tape the damn thing to make it stay at that focal lenght. Canon says there’s nothing wrong with the lens. Anyway….
Some more shots from our day…
I have to mention here – I ALWAYS shoot these kinds of shots on a tripod. I did not take the camera off the tripod and shoot around the set. I framed it up first without a tripod, then put the camera on a tripod where I decide to shoot from.
Now, the shot above was done with my 100mm macro lens shot with an f-stop of f-4 to get that extreme selected focus.
Off to another shoot on Monday! Hope you enjoyed my show and tell.
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