09| Choosing light reflectors – Food and Drink Photography

Food and Drink Photography
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Award-winning food and advertising photographer Bill Robbins has been sharing the art and science behind shooting food and drink photographs for years. Join him as he shows how to enhance a food’s color, shape, and texture and how to convey a sense of mood, environment, and story. The course also addresses essential gear, effective prop placement, and lighting techniques, and includes tips for styling various dishes, staging and photographing drinks, shooting on location at a restaurant, and editing the final photos.

Topics include:
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* Understanding what makes a food photo appetizing
* Comparing emotional and graphic compositional styles
* Choosing the right camera
* Evaluating lens options
* Choosing light reflectors
* Finding creative backgrounds
* Creating specular and diffuse lighting setups
* Creating different looks for each dish
* Creating a chill effect for drinks
* Shooting on location at a restaurant
* Editing photos

Introduction 3m 29s
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Welcome 1m 19s
What makes an appetizing food photo? 2m 10s

1. The Two Flavors of Food Photography 5m 33s
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Composing graphic styled photos 2m 27s

Composing for the emotional style 1m 31s

Comparing graphic and emotional styles 1m 35s

2. Essential Gear 13m 56s
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Choosing the right camera 4m 28s

Evaluating lens options 2m 8s
Setting up a studio kit 5m 5s
Choosing light reflectors 2m 15s

3. Lighting Techniques 17m 35s
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Best practices for lighting direction 5m 44s
Creating a specular lighting setup 6m 8s
Creating a diffuse lighting setup 5m 43s

4. Setting Up the Shot 14m 34s
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Composing a point of view: Profile or overhead 1m 21s

Finding creative backgrounds 2m 41s

Styling napkins, tablecloths, and utensils 5m 10s
Adding props to a set 5m 22s

5. Styling and Shooting Food 30m 8s
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Staging cereal on a spoon 5m 55s
Preparing ingredients for a salad 4m 5s
Creating different looks with a salad 5m 44s

Staging a grilled steak 6m 15s
Making fake ice cream 8m 9s
Making fake ice cream

6. Staging and Shooting Drinks 16m 21s
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Creating a chill effect 7m 43s

Creating ice shards and water 3m 16s
Creating hot drinks 5m 22s

7. Shooting at a Restaurant 8m 53s
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Finding the right location and lighting 5m 9s
Creating a natural look with artificial lighting 3m 44s

8. Creative Shooting Techniques 4m 42s
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Playing with your food 4m 42s

9. Editing 2m 31s
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Exploring ideas for editing photos 2m 31s

Conclusion 1m 1s
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Goodbye 1m 1s

Tags:
#Food_and_Drink_Photography

Keywords:
Food and Drink Photography,
advertising photographer,
Comparing emotional and graphic compositional styles,
Choosing the right camera,
Evaluating lens options,
Choosing light reflectors,
Finding creative backgrounds,
Creating specular and diffuse lighting setups,
Creating different looks for each dish,
Creating a chill effect for drinks,
Shooting on location at a restaurant,
Editing photos,

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