Photographing Food and Products for Commercial Purposes
As of late, food and product photography has captivated me. I love using my photography skills to capture stunning and captivating photos for products, services, and food. I wouldn’t categorize myself as a commercial photographer, but I’ve definitely learned so much in terms of lighting, camera angles, and styling to capture some great food and product photography. In most of my light set ups I used auxiliary lighting to the type and feel of product and food photographs I wanted.
There’s nothing in this world that I love more than a good chocolate cake. For these photographs I used a speedlite with a Rogue flashbender as my modifier in addition to some ambient, natural light. The styling on this cake was absolutely stunning. I loved the complimentary colors of the berries and pine needles which were added to this rich, earthly brown of the chocolate cake. Looks like it belongs in a food network magazine!
For the next set of photos I had some fun photographing tacos for food photography. The combination of the vibrant reds and bold greens of the peppers and cilantro stood out to me the most.
For the next styled food product I got some awesome shots of a meat and cheese platter. When I first started photographing this food the initial feeling I got from this was natural and raw, so I tried to keep that in mind as I processed these photos. In my raw files I found that my images were extremely over saturated with yellow, so I had to dial back the saturation, of the yellows and general saturation, to capture this more natural and moody feeling I was trying to convey. The back lighting on these photos are what I believe make these food photography great. With a more backlit scene, it gives more dimension and interesting angles, lighting wise, to photograph.
In addition to some food photography, I got in some shots of awesome products. With fall and winter close at hand, I decided to photograph some Stephen’s Gourmet Hot Chocolate. When I started shooting I styled the can of hot cocoa mix in this fur, trying to convey this warm, inviting feeling, but with a fireplace at my disposal, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity. With a zoom lens on hand, I dropped my aperture as far as I could go with a flash, backed up a foot or two and got some awesome bokeh of the fireplace–due to both my aperture AND the lens compression from zooming in.
And lastly, I photographed one of my favorite products and snacks. When I was thinking about Clif bars and their audience, I felt that their products would be sold more toward active, outdoors people who use it to fuel and power their bodies. I took this outside and wanted to give it more of a natural, outdoors feel. The background had a close color to beige/light brown of the box, so I wanted to used auxiliary lighting to create contrast, keeping the product well lit with a darker background.