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20110729 Food photography

There are always “Rule no. 1…Rule no. 2…” under “Tips for Photography” when you are browsing on the Internet, scanning for shortcuts and stuff for shooting. And I am always questioned on my way of blogging about how to shoot this or shoot that. But fact is I am not always following correct or orthodox photography methods. That is because I often work things out by intuition, which turns out to be more fun and innovative, if you don’t mind me using that word.

I insist that “fun” is the key word, because photography is not a science, although the apparatus is made through scientific means, so to speak. Try going to the library and picking out books on photography. You’ll find that the skills, the demo pictures printed in the last decade, will make you jump out of your seat! I say that rules are not gospel truths because things change. Creativity means more than principles. But of course you should know the basics before you “innovate.”

Last time I talked about some low-key food photography, I showed you the photo of Nanxiang brand steamed bread I took in Shanghai. I chose to get a shallow depth of field in that scenario. But what I show you now is a photo of hotpot with a deeper depth of field. This shot is done with the Triopo LED light panel that my assistant held above the dish. You really have to do a few test shots to find the perfect angle of light direction. And regarding the focus, since I decided to show all the food with sharpness, I chose a smaller aperture coupled with ISO 800 to make things work.

Photo 2 is a bit different, since I went for the shallow depth of field effect. These are spring rolls that I enjoyed in a Shanghai restaurant. The thing I like about this photo is the contrast between the lit area and the dark area. You can also find the “contrast” between the focused and unfocused parts of the photo. In fact, you can easily get the bright and dark contrast with this LED light panel by directing the light more to the front part of the framing so that no unwanted light will appear in the foreground; then that part of the photo will be in a dark zone. But you have to bear in mind that there may be flare as a result, so it is advisable for you to always get the hook on the camera.

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Photo 3 and Photo 4 were taken in the famous Fairmont Peace Hotel of Shanghai. This cozy cafe was not crowded with customers, but what I saw inside were all ladies. They were all dressed up and nice looking. And you can see a model-looking lady waiting for her take-out at the cashier in Photo 3. The cakes looked nice in that kind of lighting — another food shot I got here.

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Equipment Setup

Photo 1 Photo 2 Photo 3 Photo 4 Photo 5
Camera Canon EOS 5D 1 1 1 1 1
Lens EF 24-105mm f4L IS USM 1 1 1 1 1
LED lighting Triopo LED Light Panel 1 1
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