Recent Food Photo

Posted in Food Photography by admin on Aug 28, 2013
You sweet little tart

You sweet little tart

Food Photos like this are a little tricky. What’s cool about them is the the “scale” of the props, but without some kind of reference, that everyone can recognize, then the shot just doesn’t communicate the the reason the shot is cool in the first place.

Also, on a side note, I have to say that I’m a little disappointed in my new slate background. I think it looks good here, but it’s really harder to control than I thought it would be. And then again, maybe I just need a little more practice…

Top Secret Food Photography

Posted in Food Photography by admin on Aug 27, 2013

I did an ace cream shoot yesterday for Rich’s. one of their new ice cream cakes. Ice Cream is really tough to shoot, if you haven’t tried it yourself, but we got some really nice shots, and I wanted to share them with them with you. But when I asked if I could make a blog post with some of the photos, I was told I couldn’t until the launch of the new product in December. So… This is all you get. I could show you more, but then I’d have to kill you. :o)

top secret food photography

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The big challenge in photographing ice cream in August, is getting the studio cold enough so that the product doesn’t melt before I have a chance of getting a good shot. My solution is to lower the air conditioner, as low as it will go, the day before the shoot and then I construct my “food photography cold room”. Basically FPCR :o) is a 16′ x 16′ wood frame structure, covered with plastic, wood, and whatever I can think of, to hold in more cold. Then, I add a couple more air conditioners to then room, lowering the room’s temperature even more than the studio. It’s not as good as shooting in a freezer, but then again, it’s hard to find empty freezers that size.

food photogrpahy cold room

Food photogrpahy cold room in the early stages of construction

door to cold room

Stranger peering out the door of the food photography cold room

shot inside cold room

It's a little tight inside the room, but really not too bad.

view of food photography set

Reverse view of food photography set, inside cold room

food stylist and photo assistant

food stylist and photo assistant yucking it up waiting for cakes to freeze

Food Photography Tear heet

Posted in Food Photography by admin on Aug 26, 2013

I’m photographing ace cream today, but I wanted to put up another sample (tear sheet) from last week’s shoot. I love it when clients send me PDF samples, so I just HAVE to post then when they do…

Food photography tear sheet

Food Photography Billboard

Posted in Food Photography by admin on Aug 23, 2013

It’s fun sometimes to see your hard work in use. Here’s a client mockup from a recent shoot. I think it’s for a billboard, but I’m not entirely sure, but whatever it’s for, I kind of like it and can’t wait to see the image out in public. That never gets old for me. I remember one trip into the studio in the morning where I counted four billboards with my work on them. What a hoot!

common plea food photo billboard

I think the layout artist did an outstanding job on this.

Drink Photography for Pittsburgh Client

Posted in Food Photography by admin on Aug 22, 2013

Here’s a shot from a recent food photography project. The surface is a brushed stainless steal “formica” type of material that I had on hand from a previous shoot. I think the colors of the drinks were set off nicely from the grey / white of the surface, whereas a white formica would not of been quite so interesting. There is a think line in food photography between making something interesting, and having that same thing become distracting. That’s something both designers and food photographers need to keep in mind. What are you trying to say or sell? That’s the big question that we need to contemplate with each and every time we click the shutter of our camera…

Pittsburgh Drink Photography

Pittsburgh Drink Photography

drink photography - early minutes

Still working out the details of whtat the heck we're shooting...

Drink photography setup

As you can see, the lighting for the drinks is nothing really special...

drink photo set

When you're shooting anything that contains shiny objects like glass, ya gotta be really careful about reflections. Here' it didn't matter.

Raspberry Dessert Photo

Posted in Food Photography by admin on Aug 21, 2013

Here’s a photo from yesterday’s food shoot, but in a different direction than the other more “old world” photos. Some may not like the way the fork blends into the background, but that’s probably the part I like best about this shot.

The shot is actually a composite of four images taken at different time,s as the photo evolved. One for the overall shot (two long drips with the pools of sauce, plate and Background), the garnish, the drip on the left and the drip on the right. I’m not great at Photoshop, but I’m not bad either… :o)

Raspberry Dessert Photo

A different direction, but still nice - IMHO :o)

Rasperry dessert shot 1

I sort of slacked off the "Behind the Scenes" shooting on the second day, but I managed to get a few shots. Here's the team!

Rasperry dessert BHS shot 2

The marble background looks great, but it's a bear to move around the studio...

The big box was important to give the large soft highlights on the sauce, “blow out the background, and keep the fork’s reflection from becoming black. A happy medium had to be reached in the intensity of that light. I really liked the way the fork almost disappeared, but that was really a happy-accident. Don’t get me wrong. I saw it happening and could of changed it if I wanted to, but sort of fell in love with it.

Olives – Food Photo

Posted in Food Photography by admin on Aug 20, 2013

Here’s my favorite food photo from yesterday’s shoot. Sorry, but I was so excited I didn’t get around to shooting any behind the scenes photos until later in the day. This was our first shot of the day and pretty simple.

olives food photo

The first shot of the day and my favorite too...

Food Photography – Scallop

Posted in Food Photography by admin on Aug 19, 2013

Got some great food photography shots today, but I think I’ll ration them on the blog here, along with some behind the scenes shots… :o)

scallop - food photgraphy

The is a close up that I did just for myself. The layout required that I leave a bunch of room to one side for type, but I thought it would look better on my portfolio web site cropped more closely. They’ll be using the shot for lots of uses, including billboard and signage, so we shot it loosely.

2 scallop

Here's a shot of AnneMarie, the stylist. She's waving, but hates to have her picture taken.

5 scallop

Here's a shot of the stylist's work area

4 scallop

Here are the clients, Ton and John, a great couple of guys that I'm proud to work for.

7 scallop

Here's a shot of the set, where I used some mirrors to "block in" the dish, so I could get the hero back into the correct spot.

6 scallop

Here's AnneMarie making some last seconds tweaks before the final shot.

An interview / article with not-so-famous food photographer, Lil ol me… :o)

Posted in Food Photography by admin on Aug 16, 2013

food photographer interview

I’m afraid to read it, and I can remember exactly what I said, so if you want to hear me rant and rave about food photography, or if you have way too much time on your hands, take a peek… :o)

http://www.photigy.com/michael-ray-professional-food-photographer/

Simple Food Photography – It’s all about the Lighting

Posted in Food Photography by admin on Aug 13, 2013

Here are some behind-the-scenes, and semi-final shots from yesterday’s food photography shoot. I may not be THE best food photographer ever, but as a “Commercial” food photographer, I think I have a distinct advantage over “Editorial” food photographers in certain aspects of the business… The ability to “make” good lighting, instead of “finding” good light, is the big difference. Here are some simple outline food photos that depend on the lighting to make them work. It’s about shape, form, texture, and visual information, not mood or drama.

In these types of photos, you’re not trying to make pretty pictures, you’re trying to make the product look as good as possible, and you’re trying to to totally inform the viewer about what the product looks like. It’s not the the overall image that counts, it’s the detail of the food in the photo. It’s a whole different type of photography than many food photographers shoot, or care to shoot, for that matter. But there is a market for it.

Baby Cut carrots food photo

food photography in process

cayla styling food

iceberg let food photo

iceburg photo

monitor at food photo shoot

AJ Ham and Egg Scramble2

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Tea Food photography shoot – Behind the scenes

Posted in Food Photography by admin on Aug 09, 2013

tea food photo1

Here’s another images from this week’s tea food photography shoot for Bigelow Teas. We needed to create an environment that looked to be outdoors, so this is what we came up with. The behind the scenes shots will show you how we did it…

tea food photo 2

As you can see, we needed to use a long lens to make the background fall out of focus as quickly as possible.

tea food photo 3

Yes, the studio is a mess… :o)

tea food photo 4

This will give you an idea of the little lighting tricks I use to to make my photos look the way thy do. I hope I’m not sharing too many secrets…

Food Photography – Behind the scenes

Posted in Food Photography by admin on Aug 07, 2013

Black Tea - finished shot

I thought it might be a good idea to show you guys the finished shot and then show some behind the scenes photos. The “behind the scenes shots were done after the shot was in the bag, so you can see what all went into shooting food photography.

Here's a shot from behind the camera.

Here's a shot from behind the camera.

Because we wanted to have a soft focus background, we decided to go with a relatively long lens, which explains the great distance between the camera and the set. This lens selection also helped to limit the width of the set we’d need to build in the background.

Another view of the set.

Another view of the set.

reverse set angle

reverse set angle

stalker

Here's a shot of some creep attempting to sneak into the set for some free food, I think...

Food Shoot, behind the scenes…

Posted in Food Photography by admin on Aug 02, 2013

behind the scenes at a food shoot

I know people always ask me what kind of camera I use, what kind of lights I work with, and stuff like that… Well, this may not answer the questions, but it might hint a little…

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Food & Drink Photography

Posted in Food Photography by admin on Aug 01, 2013

Here’s a shot from today’s Drink photography shoot. Please forgive the outline job… :o)

Drink Photography

Drink Photography