Get a taste of what it takes to serve up professional-quality food photos.
Learn how to shoot editorial food photography with Karl and professional food photographer and stylist Anna Pustynnikova in this food photography class as they show you the start-to-finish-process of creating this editorial-style shot of a person with a cup of tea.
Working with people adds an additional element of interest in food shots, and these types of images are particularly popular for blogs, websites, recipe books and even restaurant menus. But to achieve the best results, you need to understand how to light, style and compose the shot. This is exactly what Karl and Anna will teach you in this class, as they show you the step-by-step process of capturing this image.
In this class:
- How to photograph food
- How to pose and photograph hands
- Food photography lighting examples
- Techniques and tips for photographing liquids
- Using specialist lighting modifiers
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Utilising a fairly straightforward, three-light setup for this shoot, key elements to this image were to ensure the subject’s hand was correctly lit and that there was a nice, golden glow behind the tea.
Before any of this though, outfit selection was one challenge that we had to overcome. We ran through a number of different options before deciding on a denim jacket. Although not the focus of the shot, the jacket served almost like the background, which meant it was important to get it right.
The light on the hand was achieved using the key light, which was carefully controlled to achieve the correct exposure. Positioning the hand also took some time — hands can be tricky to photograph so it was important not to rush this stage.
Once the lighting was finalised and the subject had the right position, the next focus was to achieve a nice glow behind the tea. This was an important stage of the shoot and is a technique often used in bottle photography. Without this little trick, the tea would have looked dark and dull.
Taking the time to address each of these details paid off and we were able to create this great, final result. If you’re looking for easy food photography ideas, this is a great shot to try as it doesn’t require much equipment and uses ingredients you probably already have at home.