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Food Photography Tutorials

I was surfing over on YouTube today and came across a few videos on Food Photography. As it’s a topic that I get asked about fairly regularly I thought that they might be something that people might be interested in. Two are serious – one is firmly tongue in cheek:

There are two more food photography videos below.

You might also like to check out a good book on the topic – Digital Food Photography by Lou Manna which has been getting some good reviews (pictured left). It shares a lot of tricks and tips on getting food looking great in your shots.

It also shares a lot about the business of food photography.

Also you might find our previous post – Introduction to Food Photography – for a basic starting guide to the topic.


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  • macstrat

    i was a culinary arts major in college. chef always got pissed when we brought something other than our knife kits to class. a camera would have sent him to an early crave. cool vids

  • http://www.awesomefarm.com Tony

    First two videos, good.
    last one… uhh…?
    ?!

  • Roger Verona

    I can take a lot better pictures with my Sony Handycam and still camera than all that prep you guys do.
    It is not need for all that fancy equipment to take good pictures. All that equipment will not compensate for the lack of common sense. Plus that lady handling the food bare handed, and touching, and touching the food, it really makes it quite unappetizing.

  • Kev

    I agree with Roger that it doesn’t require a lot of fancy equipment to do good photography of food. But keep in mind that amateur to semi-pro photographers usually cannot emulate excellent lighting without breaking the bank. Chances are likely they are on a deadline and can’t afford to “work the subject” with 100 shots like we do to get 1 good shot. So all the fancy equipment they use is to minimize production time and ensure they get the best images they can in the least amount of shots/time possible.

    As for the lady handling the food bare handed, thats very common in kitchens, even 5 star ones. Its usually chef’s preference to use gloves or not, but believe it or not some chefs claim that their ability to “feel” the food is what enables them to produce a masterpiece.

  • Paul

    I worked with a photog called Will Lingwood a number of years ago. Great food snapper, one of the best in the industry. Just to kill the myth, there is NO fancy lighting involved.

    Light the food, think you have enough light, add some more, and then a touch more. Learn to love those specular and little blown highlights.

    The art of GREAT food photography, is a great food stylist, REALLY fresh produce and a photographer that sets the scene to make you believe it’s real.

  • Andy Wong

    Great Youtube videos! With their excellent tutorials!

    It’s really fantastic to see how many people into this area of photography, which I myself got a little interest into food photography a little while now.

    Thank you for the hard work. Keep it up!

  • MaryD

    Barry’s technique of yelling at the food before shooting it is really quite innovative.

  • BJTNIKKEN

    Holiday is the “Micheal Scott” of Photography …

  • http://www.fluidr.com/photos/wilsonian Erin Wilson

    Okay, that last video is hilarious!

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  • Ferdy

    Thank you…inspiring .

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  • Lee

    September 4, 2011 03:35 am

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  • Erin Wilson

    February 3, 2010 10:25 am

    Okay, that last video is hilarious!

  • BJTNIKKEN

    January 5, 2010 03:07 am

    Holiday is the "Micheal Scott" of Photography ...

  • MaryD

    January 1, 2010 02:11 pm

    Barry's technique of yelling at the food before shooting it is really quite innovative.

  • Andy Wong

    July 10, 2009 11:10 pm

    Great Youtube videos! With their excellent tutorials!

    It's really fantastic to see how many people into this area of photography, which I myself got a little interest into food photography a little while now.

    Thank you for the hard work. Keep it up!

  • Paul

    February 12, 2009 09:08 am

    I worked with a photog called Will Lingwood a number of years ago. Great food snapper, one of the best in the industry. Just to kill the myth, there is NO fancy lighting involved.

    Light the food, think you have enough light, add some more, and then a touch more. Learn to love those specular and little blown highlights.

    The art of GREAT food photography, is a great food stylist, REALLY fresh produce and a photographer that sets the scene to make you believe it's real.

  • Kev

    July 30, 2008 05:37 am

    I agree with Roger that it doesn't require a lot of fancy equipment to do good photography of food. But keep in mind that amateur to semi-pro photographers usually cannot emulate excellent lighting without breaking the bank. Chances are likely they are on a deadline and can't afford to "work the subject" with 100 shots like we do to get 1 good shot. So all the fancy equipment they use is to minimize production time and ensure they get the best images they can in the least amount of shots/time possible.

    As for the lady handling the food bare handed, thats very common in kitchens, even 5 star ones. Its usually chef's preference to use gloves or not, but believe it or not some chefs claim that their ability to "feel" the food is what enables them to produce a masterpiece.

  • Roger Verona

    June 14, 2008 12:19 pm

    I can take a lot better pictures with my Sony Handycam and still camera than all that prep you guys do.
    It is not need for all that fancy equipment to take good pictures. All that equipment will not compensate for the lack of common sense. Plus that lady handling the food bare handed, and touching, and touching the food, it really makes it quite unappetizing.

  • Tony

    October 27, 2007 07:44 am

    First two videos, good.
    last one... uhh...?
    ?!

  • macstrat

    October 26, 2007 01:13 pm

    i was a culinary arts major in college. chef always got pissed when we brought something other than our knife kits to class. a camera would have sent him to an early crave. cool vids

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