Photographers Commentnotes on Beef Filet

Ethereal was the key word on this shot. We wanted the background to be a soft white with minimal detail and lots of soft focus. A very shallow depth of field gave us this look. The background is blown out with natural window light. The steak is rich and moist and lit for the cut and face of the meat. My Hasselblad 39MS on my 4x5 camera gave me the focus and crop I needed for this shot. When the meat reaches a medium-rare internal temperature, place it in cool or room temperature vegetable oil....

Photographers Commentnotes on the Green Salad

Once again there's no time to waste on this shot. The salad starts to lose freshness pretty quick. We used a bright white set for a crisp, fresh look with lots of light bouncing around for an even effect overall. Bright white is always a good background for food if you are really going in close for detail of the food. Three Chimera lightbanks were used a small one on the background and two medium lightbanks on each side of the set. I really enjoy styling fruit salads. The...

The Whole Sandwich

Sandwiches Food Styling

Techniques for building a whole sandwich are similar to the techniques used to build a burger. However, creating a hero sandwich can be a little more forgiving than building a burger simply because there are often more elements present in a sandwich. The various sandwich elements allow for manipulation to create visual interest. This is especially true when thin deli meats are used in combination with specific techniques to build a sandwich. The meat edges, as shown in our hero shot, can be...

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Slushy Drinks The Magic Frozen Margarita

Frozen Margarita

SAFETY NOTE This method of creating a slushy drink is for photography purposes only. The mixture is not for consumption I remember years ago renting a margarita machine for a photo shoot. It took a couple hours for the machine to chill the mix to the perfect slushy consistency. Both the photographer and I had to be completely ready for the hero. He had to have the lighting perfected and I had to have numerous glasses prepped because the photo life of the slushy mixture was less than 2 minutes,...

Building Cones On

Regardless of the number of hero cones in your shot, you will want to select the hero cones and position them on set before making the fake ice cream mixture. Prepackaged cones were used for the shot in this chapter. However, waffle cones can be ordered from an ice cream specialty shop. Regardless of the type you use, as you choose the hero cones, look for even color, well-formed waffle marks, and front edges that are not broken. Because the tip ends of the cones in our shot weren't planned to...

Tools Of The Trade Assembling Your Food Styling

Being prepared also means having the tools and supplies available that are needed to style the specific foods you are working with on each project. Just as having the right tool for the job applies to handymen, it also applies to food styling. The right tools can make short work of some tasks. And, in the world of food photography, both time and timing are crucial. For most food styling projects you will need some specific tools and supplies. You will see many of these tools in the technical...

Making Grill Marks On Vegetables

Food Styling Grill Marks

Most vegetables that will appear grilled to the camera are treated first by steaming, baking, or cooking on a griddle surface and then grill marks are added. Regardless of the cooking method, the vegetable must appear cooked. Refer to the discussion about making grill marks in the chapter on meats Chapter 7 . The electric charcoal starter appliance or hot metal skewer technique both work well for making grill marks on vegetables. A torch or electric charcoal starter can also be used to create...

Basic 101 For Photo Meat

Food Styling Torch

SAFETY NOTE Keep in mind this chapter is about meat to be photographed and not eaten. The food styling rule about not eating photo food definitely applies to all photo meat. To help you understand some of the techniques used with different varieties of meats, several presentations accompany this chapter with descriptions of the methods used in achieving each. Realizing the vast scope of this topic, my goal was to select a few general categories for meat styling. It might be necessary for you to...

Making And Placing Bubbles

Immediately after they've been poured into a glass, many beverages naturally have bubbles on the surface of the liquid. The appearance of bubbles gives a freshly poured and a more interesting appearance. Bubbles on the surface of a photo drink can be made by using some of the hero liquid plus a clear liquid dish or hand detergent. Using clear dish detergent to make the bubbles will keep the bubbles looking more natural. To make and place bubbles, use a plastic dropper. Put about 1 4 cup of the...

Methods Of Cooking Vegetables For Photography

Cooking Food Backgrounds

The vegetables depicted in this image were prepped using either the steaming or blanching methods described below. The goal that the photographer and I wanted to achieve with this shot was to illustrate a study of textures using one color. With that goal in mind, I selected vegetables of varying colors in the green family. Once the vegetables were prepped, I began constructing the hero plate using the differences of texture to make the vegetables pop and visually separate within the build. I...