Lighting, styling and posing hands are just a few of the challenges Karl and Anna faced in this food photography class, where they photographed a still life image of a model holding a bowl of stir fry.
Food photography by itself can be tricky, but when you add a person into the shot, there are a few more things you need to consider. Together, Anna and Karl walk you through the different stages of this shoot, from positioning and posing the subject to styling and lighting the shot.
You’ll learn how to combine hard and soft light, control bright highlights, enhance three-dimensionality and use mirrors and flags to control your light. Karl explains each part of his three-light setup, sharing his thought process and decisions throughout the shoot, while Anna explains how to position the subject, what props work best and why and how to create balance in the shot.
- Learn how to photograph food
- What to consider when photographing food and models
- How to photograph hands
- Food photography lighting examples
- Food styling tips and tricks
- Techniques for how to combine hard and soft light
To see how Anna prepared this dish (and for some great food styling tips), make sure to watch the previous chapter.
If you have any questions about this class, please post in the comment section below.
Often, photoshoots don’t go quite as you may have expected. In this case, what was supposed to be a fairly straightforward shot of a bowl of stir fry turned out to be far more complex than Karl and Anna originally anticipated.
Working through the shot, the pair had to overcome a number of different challenges, including finding the right shooting height and depth of field, controlling bright highlights on the subject’s hands while still maintaining three-dimensionality and even selecting the right props and lighting modifiers.
Using a three-light setup, the pair clearly demonstrate that it’s important to work carefully and methodically and always keep the end goal in mind — make the food the hero. To do this, Karl and Anna had to carefully consider everything from the focus point and clothing selection to lighting setup and props.