Nowadays it's called food porn. You know - those gorgeous images that make you want to sink your teeth into a decadent dessert, juicy hamburger or even...yes...vegetables! So what is it about food photography that makes our mouths water? It's in the light, styling of the food and of course the photographer!
Let's talk about how I got the shot above. This was for a recent shoot at Cork - a wine bar and market in DC. (And these are seriously the best fries in town - lemon zest and garlic...so good!) For food shoots, I love using available light from a big window. It is nice and diffused. It also helped that it was a partly cloudy day so I didn't have to deal with any direct sun through the windows. So many places are dark inside - wood paneling etc., so it really helps when there is a great window to utilize for light.
As you can see from the behind the scenes shot below, the image was shot from above. I was shooting tethered with jerk stoppers and cables from TetherTools so I could make sure I was getting the look the restaurant wanted. I used the Canon 5Ds and the EF 24-70 f2.8L II . Camera was set to ISO 320, F2.8, 1/160. Focal length was 70mm. I still can't believe how impressive the 5Ds is with its sharpness, clarity and dynamic range. Shots straight out of the camera are basically print ready - this is by far the most impressive Canon camera I have worked with.
The most important things to remember when shooting food are the little details - smudges on the plates or glasses, crumbs on the table, etc. Those things will really show up in the photo and you don't want anything to distract from the main subject. Don't be afraid to move something on the plate if it just isn't working in the image.
A few more shots for all the foodies out there...