September 27, 2023 at 12:48 pm #82419
I was practicing taking food shots for the menu of some friends who are missionaries here in the south of Mexico, and I had never really done it before, so I said ohh I should ask for help from the other photographers here, and well I would like to know what else These photos are missing or , tips, or how I can improve on thisSeptember 27, 2023 at 1:06 pm #82425
With these the light was a problem, I think two light rings were not enoughSeptember 27, 2023 at 1:19 pm #82441
first two some of the cold drinksSeptember 27, 2023 at 1:53 pm #82454
I don’t know if it’s me or this seems to be broken but here is the link of my picturesSeptember 27, 2023 at 10:40 pm #82468Warrior PrincessParticipant
Oh, Grace, those are wonderful! I especially love the first four. The lighting is perfect on those.
I would suggest exposing the others a tad, and composing your shots so there are fewer distractions.
Also, other than the first four, the white balance should be adjusted.
James does an awesome job teaching about photo editing in his new teaching videos- Secrets to Photo Editing https://www.lenspiration.com/course/secrets-to-photo-editing/. The lessons are free if you’re a member.September 28, 2023 at 1:12 pm #82472
Oh yes, I’m thinking about whether to take the course or not because I don have ligthroom yet.September 28, 2023 at 1:24 pm #82473Warrior PrincessParticipant
You can still take the course even if you have a different photo editor! Most of the principles are the same in any editor- like white balance, exposure, highlights, contrast, etc. 🙂October 2, 2023 at 10:02 am #82614Lydia BennettKeymaster
Hi @grace-galdamez, when posting your photos here, just make sure they are JPG and less than 8MB in size. That should help prevent upload issues! 🙂
And, Brieanna is correct, Lightroom is not required for the Secrets to Photo Editing course! The course teaches editing principles so you can apply the concepts in whatever program you use.
This sounds like a great opportunity, though, and it was fun to see your pictures in the link you provided! What lighting sources did you use for the different photos you took?October 2, 2023 at 2:45 pm #82665Blessings CapturedParticipant
What a fun opportunity, Grace! Food photography is something I’ve been trying to learn better myself. I’m not the greatest, but here’s a couple tips that I thought of.
IMG_2294.CR3 I like the lighting and low angle on this one! Having the Logo in the background is great for telling the story. I think I would have made a little more space between the drink and the logo. (like you did in the other images)
IMG_2577.CR3.My favorite of the drinks with dark backgrounds. I like the horizon placement and the lighting. One thing is it almost looks like it’s “floating”, it might help if you had a napkin under it.
IMG_2482.CR3 I like how the food stands out better in this one compared with the other food shots. I would like to see it with a lower angle to really show-off the ingredients.
IMG_2374.CR3 The black background looks more like a mistake here. Also to me, I think having the tip of the pie in focus would feel more naturel then having the crust in focus.
Some more general ideas:
-Keep your horizons straight
-When I’m thinking about how to photograph a dish, I’ll look for ideas on Adobe stock. Most of the time, they have some very creative setups/lighting/props.
-I would recommend using a tripod. You could then lower your shutter speed to make full use of your ring lights. Also it would make it easier to perfect the shots.
-Use side lighting (backlighting is trickier but will still work well). This will bring out the texture in the food MUCH better then overhead or front light.
-Use props and layers. For example, cutting boards, napkins, crumbs, drips, ingredients etc.
-Use a spray bottle with half water, half glycerin to show that drinks are cold. It looks like condensation. (It you don’t have glycerin, plain water works as well but you have to work fast).
Keep it up Grace! Having a real-world “business” to work with like this will really help you grow.
-HannahOctober 6, 2023 at 2:28 pm #82895
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