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Old 08-11-2017   #1
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I photographed horse shows for over a decade, the past 7 years as the owner of my own business. The market changed. I have been studying food photography for the past couple of years. Finally I've been allowed into a restaurant to have a go at a few of their plated dishes. I'll post them here and ask for feedback. Here's the first one:

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Old 09-03-2017   #2
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Quite a difference Steven, horse shows to food! I hope you don't have to replace all of your kit but I am sure that won't be necessary.
Nice light coming from the back, and looks tasty (Mozzarella sticks?) what catches my eye is the tomato sauce around the edge of the container and the large bright negative space, was this empty space for a particular reason?
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I agree with Mrnick. The tomato sauce needs to be cleaned up, and the white negative space really pulls my eye to the back. For me the lighting appears a bit harsh, and I'd put a reflector in the front to brighten the first mozzarella stick.

Overall I think you're off to a good start. It's really just a game of placing things shooting, checking the image, tweak and shoot. Tweak and shoot. Tweak and shoot. Over and over again. Shoot teathered if you're not, makes it so much easier.
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If I was shooting this, I would increase the DOF to include the front stick and the sauce.

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was this empty space for a particular reason?
That could be a clean spot to put text for an ad.
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I would focus stack this and I would move that checked paper so that is a bigger part of the background and not as much white space unless they are going to put writing in the area then all is good.
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Quite a difference Steven, horse shows to food! I hope you don't have to replace all of your kit but I am sure that won't be necessary.
Nice light coming from the back, and looks tasty (Mozzarella sticks?) what catches my eye is the tomato sauce around the edge of the container and the large bright negative space, was this empty space for a particular reason?
Thanks, very helpful. Kept the kit, changed a few accessories. Photography is so unforgiving, isn't it? With horse shows it's the timing and with tabletop it's anything the size of a dust speck. Yes these are Mozzarella sticks. Your right about that marinara sauce. Putting it into the ramekin should have been done with a syringe to prevent the sloppy edge, I guess. I tried a couple of different arrangements with each subject. A part of the thinking was adding text. The owner has an online presence and I thought some space on a few takes would give him added value.

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I agree with Mrnick. The tomato sauce needs to be cleaned up, and the white negative space really pulls my eye to the back. For me the lighting appears a bit harsh, and I'd put a reflector in the front to brighten the first mozzarella stick.


Overall I think you're off to a good start. It's really just a game of placing things shooting, checking the image, tweak and shoot. Tweak and shoot. Tweak and shoot. Over and over again. Shoot teathered if you're not, makes it so much easier.
Yes sir, a tiny smudge I'm learning will stand out like a billboard along the Interstate. I've got more to learn about reflector usage. I had a white card pushing back into the subject. I brought the small light intensity up in this one hoping to add some"crunch" to the texture of the sticks. Maybe I hit it too hard and did not get enough bounce. I wasn't able to tether on this shoot but I've shot tethered before and you're right.


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That could be a clean spot to put text for an ad.
I've not shot so close much before. DOF even stopped down is really thin. My previous subjects were usually 10s if not 100s of feet away and much larger. I shot with the focus at the front, in the middle and at the rear. This particular image is the one I picked to finish and work on.

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I would focus stack this and I would move that checked paper so that is a bigger part of the background and not as much white space unless they are going to put writing in the area then all is good.
There's a new skill to learn, focus stacking. I've seen it in practice on macro insect shots. I don't know much about macro work either. I will do more study on that topic. And yes, I thought some space for text would be a good idea, maybe not when it is bright though.
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A little more red in the wrapper, everything else looks pretty good..

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A little more red in the wrapper, everything else looks pretty good..

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I wondered during the shoot if we should reverse the wrap so the printed side would be on the side facing the camera.
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A book of tricks might e a good investment.

Frinstintz, a thin layer of oil on the marinara
is the equivalent of lip gloss on a cosmetics
shot of a face model. Like you said about
specs ... it's all detail, detail, detail and the
photography is then pretty much just routine
rendering rendering of the scene you create.

But there are sooooo many tricks to creating
that scene ... so find a good book or at least
some online guides.

I can tell you right now, no doubting, get you
a tilt/shift lens even if all your budget covers
is a Zhong Yi knock off. You're gonna stop it
down, and you are in control of glare etc, so
a top shelf lens is NOT necessary.
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A book of tricks might e a good investment.

Frinstintz, a thin layer of oil on the marinara
is the equivalent of lip gloss on a cosmetics
shot of a face model. Like you said about
specs ... it's all detail, detail, detail and the
photography is then pretty much just routine
rendering rendering of the scene you create.

But there are sooooo many tricks to creating
that scene ... so find a good book or at least
some online guides.

I can tell you right now, no doubting, get you
a tilt/shift lens even if all your budget covers
is a Zhong Yi knock off. You're gonna stop it
down, and you are in control of glare etc, so
a top shelf lens is NOT necessary.
Books are invaluable and I have several on the topic already in the library. Tricks are as well and I'll keep the suggestion about the oil on the sauce for the occasion when I have the liberty to alter what's before the lens. Tilt shift is also just over the horizon. I appreciate the suggestions and help.


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