More Food for the Foodies
Feb20

More Food for the Foodies

Photographing food seems to be something I’m instinctively good at now. I’ve learnt how to assess the light and determine weather I wanna use natural light or throw artificial light at it as key light and balance with ambient or just  completely ignore the ambient and be the god of the set “let there be light where i want it how i want it when want it”. This food feature was on a restaurant that I personally loooove. Di Grill Shack Originally located in sovereign centre food court. However this feature was on their new location at CPJ market along lady musgrave road. The new location lends it self to a dining experience something that wasn’t available at their initial offering at sovereign centre. The menu has grown as well to reflect the new ambiance more “mature dishes” that would take more time to eat more time to savour and enjoy so to speak. Pasta’s, Steak, Pork chops to name a few of the new items. Lets feast our eyes shall we :). First we have the Pork Chops. One large light source Camera left ambient light pretty much ignored at 1/250th, f/4, iso 200 at 50mm focal length on the nikon 24-120 mounted on a d800 Steak!!! Who doesn’t love steak with a side of mashed potatoes 😀 makes me hungry just looking at the image. For this one the lighting setup is pretty much the same but the exposure was changed drastically. the exposure was 1/5oth at f/4.5, ISO 200. I wanted to bleed in as much light as I could without over exposure issues.   Pasta!!!!   Pull Pork Burger and Fries!!   The last two images pretty much followed the same exposure settings as the second low shutter speed to bleed in ambient light. The images were Features on todays food sections front page above the fold. I think it was very well ladyed out.. it definitely makes one hungry!   Until next...

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The Food Photography Continues
Oct03

The Food Photography Continues

Last week I shared some food photography images from last year’s restaurant week assignments. I decided not to wait a whole year to share this time around. The promo features have started to appear in the thursday gleaner’s food section for Restaurant week so stay tuned this and every thursday leading up to the Kingston Restaurant Week Publication in november :). Two food photographs that I did got published today see screen shots below. I went about these images in the same manner I typically go about my food photography assignments. Basic two light setup in a cross lighting pattern, I’ve added an occasional fill from a reflector in some cases but non of those images are ready for sharing yet. I’m not pleased with some of the shadows being created by the kicker light so I’m toying with the idea of diffusing the kicker and seeing if it’ll still reveal enough detail / texture but softer shadows due to the relative size of the light source. Setup Photo The flash power on the key light was OVER 9000!!!!!. I Mean I really don’t remember I rarely remember flash power settings from my images especially not on food assignments that i do more than 4 or 5 restaurants a day. Enjoy the images, Feel free to ask any questions in the comments below and remember the Food Photography will not be televised!!! so you gotta buy the thursday Gleaner to keep tabs on what the restaurants are offering for Kingston Restaurant week. which will help you figure out where you wanna go come november 8,...

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Prepare your appetite Food Month Near
Sep27

Prepare your appetite Food Month Near

Food Month is a few weeks off and the preparation has already began. I’ve been tasked with shooting the entire feature, I guess going above and beyond in the previous Kingston Restaurant Week and Food Month feature’s didn’t go unrecognized. Typically I’d take a one light, maximum two light setup and be able to successfully light the plated meals for the featured restaurants. I’m not certain if I’ll change that aspect of things this year as its tried, and proven. Here are some of my some of my favourite images from Restaurant week Features of the Past. Mhmmmmm Lobster. I feel true sorrow for they that suffer from sea food Allergies. Food month is not the time for any kind of food alergies. A one light setup was employed here, used the Lumiquest SBIII and the SB-28dx pushed the light in really tight for a relatively wide and even spread and little to no fall off. The same was done for the wrap with minor changes in the angle of the light. I loved the specular highlights produced from the kicker light , helps with shaping the meal. This was one of my favourite plated meals that i photographed. the presentation though simple was interesting. I liked how they made sushi even more interesting than it already is. It was shaped differently than the conventional sushi rolls, I loved the leave shaped wasabi  and I loved the name of the meal; Dragon Ball – Z (Very fitting dont you think) Okay thats it for now, Stop drooling all over the computer screen and keyboard. Stay tuned for the upcoming promo features for Food month in the Jamaica Gleaner thursday food publication. Definitely look out for the Restaurant Week Feature and get out and get intouch with your inner foodie come...

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On Assignment: Food Photography
Mar07

On Assignment: Food Photography

This assignment took place about a week ago at a new spot in Half way tree, Kingston, Jamaica called ABar i kinda liked the name because of its simplicity its Abar (pun intended) lol. anyway. For this image I took one umbrella as a modifier and decided last minute i wanted to use two lights (enter the SBIII) used the sb28 modified with the sbIII (always in my camera bag alllways) mounted to my trusty joby gorilla pod (also a must have in the camera bag) I like the flexibility the sbIII and the gorilla pod gives me, if i head out on an assignment with no plans to light something and it just so happens that I must, I can make a solid photo with that one light and i wont have difficulties cause i can find something to wrap that gorilla pod mounted speedlight onto (chair, tree, post, column w/e). Below is the setup photo The images were shot at 1/250th of a second, f/5 and iso 100 (lowest iso for cleanest file.. debatable with nikon though as 200 is apparently the native lowest iso) Here are the resulting images from the setup. Here’s the detail on the restaurant the Food dish and so...

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