This Week in the Digital Photography School Forums (21-27 Feb '10)

This Week in the Digital Photography School Forums (21-27 Feb ’10)


Weekly Assignment

Prawns (by phillj10)We finished another food photography assignment this week, and the subject was emmabelle‘s Sushi on a Blue Plate. The shot had a lot of good choices on it. The blue plate really helped punch up the reds and greens of the sushi and helped to highlight the sesame, and the colour temperature suited the cold nature of the dish.

20100222_31 (by emmabelle63)Oishii Sushi (by bubbly b {Nouvelle Vie Photography})We’re on to the last of our food photography assignments this week and your assignment this week is to show us Beverages. Whether they’re hot or cold, alcoholic or not, we want you to show us your favorite beverages that quench your thirst. As usual, a quick reminder of the rules. First, your photo must have been taken between 17 February – 3 March 2010. Next, Your post must include the words “Assignment: Food Photography – Beverages” and the date that the photo was taken. Finally, your EXIF should be intact, and it’s useful if you can include some of the main points such as shutter speed, aperture, ISO, lens, camera, etc. Next week’s assignment will be Jump. The goal is to get a picture of someone jumping. Whether it’s a person or an animal, yourself or someone else, we want to see them in mid-air. These shots can look really good, but they aren’t always as easy as you may think. Make sure you have enough light to get a fast enough shutter speed to freeze the action. You can try continuous shots or you might want to pull out your flash. But either way, get out there and Jump!

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Some Older Comments

  • Neel | Learn Food Photogaphy February 28, 2010 08:46 am

    I think the best "Food Photograph" is one of the runner up - Oishi Sushi..

    When it comes to "Food Photography" some of the common factors that make general photography beautiful do not apply. In fact food photography is very different from landscape or abstract photography.

    Couple of things:
    • In food photography, the most basic thing is that food should be well lit.
    • Food photography is about food (and not about objects) and making it appealing to audience
    • Unlike other niches of photography, food photography is very complex and different.
    • Objective of food photography is different.

    Don't have any comments about composition and such. The chosen photograph is excellent as a "general" photograph but does not qualify for being called as the best "food photograph" in my opinion. This photograph is more on the abstract side than food photography. For the category of food photography, I don't agree with the decision for this week. I like Oishi Sushi's photograph way better when it comes to "food photography".

    In one line the chosen winning photograph does not quality to be categorized as food photography, in my opinion.

  • Bill February 28, 2010 05:32 am

    Nothing against the photographer, but the winning photo is lacking compared to the runners up. A badly centered composition with mediocre light and camera control (@800 ISO) just doesn't cut it.
    My opinion.