If you don't have a window In your studio ... get one! Or, open your door, shoot In your house, or go on location for drink or liquid shots. You can't control the weather but it really doesn't take much daylight to get the effect. I have warm-colored walls in my shooting area around my windows. This warms the entire set. Again, I have used a small Chimera lightbank for fill, high and to the side. No fill cards were used because they can cause reflections in the glass. The Hasselblad H3D with telephoto lens is the perfect choice for this kind of shot.
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making a salad for the camera
For the stylist and photographer, shooting a salad is literally a creation of art. In a well-built, well-lit salad the vibrant colors, textures, and dimension are a feast for the eyes. Your eyes are taken on a voyage through the image's beautiful landscape.
When you shop at the produce market for photograph quality salad ingredients, purchase a wide variety of items so you will have them available in the studio when you build the hero salad. Without ingredients that have color and texture differences, the salad will appear monotonous and boring. So, choosing ingredients is extremely important. Think of color wheel opposites and complementary colors as you select vegetable and other salad ingredients.
Have a larger variety of ingredients in the studio than you expect to use. Prep and hero all items before you begin to build the salad. As you compose the salad, you will appreciate having a large color palate of ingredients from which to choose.
Red onion slices with purple tones, and bell peppers in yellows, reds, and oranges are good examples of items that contrast with salad greens both in texture and color. Tomatoes, pomegranate seeds, herbs, and spices offer color and textural interest. Carrots and mandarin oranges have a lot of potential for shape and lend wonderful orange tones; something as simple as adding an orange element can visually pull the salad together.
Don't forget items like sliced beets, pickled vegetables, canned mandarin orange segments, and croutons that are found on shelves at the market. Be sure to check the deli department too, because there may be some great ingredients to be found there that won't require prep work. Gourmet baby greens add color and textural interest to a salad. The tight growth pattern of baby greens will create a bunch of color and texture in a small space, and they mix well with other types of lettuce for a photo salad base. Also, consider using the cooking methods discussed in the chapter on vegetables (Chapter 8) for some of your salad ingredients. Refer to Chapter 12 on garnishing for more ideas about cutting produce for a salad.
NOTE Techniques used for creating pasta, fffts potato, and vegetable salads for the camera are more similar to the methods used for pasta and sauces than to those used for making green salads. Refer to the chapter on pasta (Chapter 5) for those techniques.
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