In this food photography class, Karl works with celebrated food photographer Anna Pustynnikova to create an eye-catching flying tea image. All it takes is a dash of knowledge, a pinch of ingenuity, and a healthy serving of creativity!
As Anna and Karl walk you through each stage of the planning, preparation and lighting, you’ll see exactly how they created this explosive image. You’ll learn about problem solving and creative thinking, how to control lighting and why fast flash duration is a must when photographing flying objects.
In this class:
- Learn how to photograph flying food shots
- See how to use pre-visualisation as part of your planning
- Demonstrate lighting setups for food photography
- How to suspend items for photography
- How to freeze motion using flash
To watch the retouching and editing process that followed the shoot, check out Flying Tea Post-Production.
If you have any questions about this class, please post in the comment section below.
Anna and Karl wanted to create an image of a cup with rose bud tea and sugar cubes exploding out of it and a floating milk jug above, pouring milk. Guided by Karl’s pre-visualisation, the pair were able to identify a number of challenges that they’d have to overcome to get the final result. These included:
- Create a realistic explosion of rose bud tea
- Include sugar cubes to add depth to explosion
- Create floating milk jug with pouring milk
- A lighting setup suitable for the cup, milk jug and exploding objects
Together, through a combination of DIY, acrylic rods and fast flash duration, they overcame each of these problems. The setup, although it looks complicated, required only four lights with simple modifiers.
In the end, this shoot proved that it is possible to bring any creative idea to life — all you need is careful planning and the right knowledge.