shooting food . . .

is not as easy as it looks.  4th assignment was to shoot 3 images from the same meal – home cooked or restaurant meal.  This presented all sorts of challenges.  So many that I may not post the dreadful before images.  🙂  Challenges were:

  1.  First problem, I enjoy cooking when I have tons of time (like a long weekend with nothing to do)  That never happens.
  2. The food you cook has to look good.  What looks good on the dinner table does not necessarily look good on camera.
  3. Shooting food that looks good, e.g. sushi has to look good by the time you transport it to the studio, rearrange it a million times, and light it.
  4. Poorly styled, poorly lit food does not look appetizing.  The primary objective of food photography is to make you hungry.

It took three shoots and over $100 worth of sushi to get these shots.

Thanks to the sushi chefs at Kotosh Restaurant in Lomita for providing the sushi in the 2nd shot below.  I routinely got an order to shoot and an order to eat.  🙂

Below are my three shots – appetizer, entree and dessert:


Loving Video by India.Arie  and Ordinary People by John Legend right about now.

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