5 HOT TIPS for FOOD Photography, Camera Challenge

There. My Mom’s handwritten recipe. Ahoj! I have five tips and tricks when it comes to food photography. Another month has passed, that means that we have to create another creative camera challenge
and since it’s gonna be December and that is all about festivities and
celebrations and having a great time together and family time and delicious
very tasty hm…, very smelly nice food and since maybe your better half or your mom
or aunt or grandma or grandpa or father, they all spend that time cooking
and preparing all that, it is up to us, up to you to capture it for them. If you are new here, welcome. My name is
Zdenka Darula. If you enjoy photo and video tutorials,
tech reviews and creative camera challenges, consider subscribing. First we
are going to look at the submissions from last month. The theme was macro and I gotta say that you guys really liked this one. There were so many submissions on
Facebook and Instagram, it was just overwhelming. Thank you very much for all submissions. It is so highly rewarding to see that you are getting the value from
these videos and you’re applying them in the real world of photography. Here are
top 12 photos. It was so hard to narrow it down to ten so I just left it at 12.
There are so many beautiful photos. Again, it was so hard. So here are 12 photos in
random order. Photo number one is from photo_lightspark. This conceptual macro
photo is very interesting. The written capture with the photo is: “we think that
we are running them but the reality is that we are running ourselves”. The photo
was taken with Samsung J4 and by the way, this is a great photo to upload to
stock. It’s got great potential. Second one here is from Dennis and I love how
the head is perfectly in focus. This is nicely done. Next photo here is from Valerie. You’re looking at a beautiful spiderweb full of
water drops. This photo was taken with Canon 200D and Tamron 90 millimeter
macro lens. Photo number 4 is from Brett. It is inch
worm on a pine needle taken with Nikon D5300, Nickon 105 millimeter macro
lens and speed light. This is a great shot. Fifth photo here is from Mike and
it’s be collecting pollen. There is no camera mentioned but lens was canon 100 millimeters. Nicely timed photo. Next photo here we have from Peter. Taken with Panasonic G9. You are looking at details of cicada. Very interesting photo. Terry
submitted this photo of a bridge spider which was photographed at the bird
hide in Rutland water. Taken with Sony A7RII and 90 millimeters lens, Godox flesh gun and homemade diffuser. Really cool photo. Number eight is from Nuna. I love the shallow depth-of-field how the insect is
perfectly sharp. Captured with Canon 7D and macro 100 millimeter lens. Thank you for submitting. Another photo here is from Donna. Stunning colors,
awesome composition. Taken with Canon M50 and 100 millimeter lens. Beautiful.
Next photo is from Pepa. Nicely captured Dandelion dew with Canon 60 and Tamron SP90 millimeter lens. This photo was taken with a tripod and combined from 7
different photos focused on different areas. Great job. Look at the colors of this photo. Photographer is Peter. Taken with Canon
5d Mark 4 and 100 millimetres macro lens. Beautiful shot. Last photo here is from
Terry. I love this photo. This is stunning. Loving the capture too. Giant dark horse
fly landed on my car in the rain. This is a male, you can tell. There is no gap
between the eyes and no biting mouth parts like the female has. Shot with Sony
A7RII lens, Tamron 19 millimeters, plus 5 extension tubes and Godox flash gun
with homemade diffuser. This is really impressive photo. Congratulations.
Let’s leave the macro world and let’s move on to food photography. I’ve got 5
tricks for you, tricks and tips. So here’s the first one. Many of you will most
likely option for natural light so you will choose a nice table. Set it very
close to the window with a lots of light. Well, natural light is the best when it
comes to food photography but modified. The sunlight can be very harsh and you
will have very harsh shadows, so what do you want to do. First
grab a diffuser and place it between your window and the object you are going
to photograph and if you don’t have a diffuser, then just use a bed sheet. It
works the same way. Next we want to grab a white board like this one. It’s kind of
cheep. You know you can get it in dollar store anywhere and that will help you
modify the light from the other side. So here we have a window, here you have your object. You will put the whiteboard right here on the other side and you
will try to bounce back light onto the object to make it a little bit more
interesting. You can also on the other hand use a black board. I don’t have a
black board here so I’m just gonna use this diffuser inside. It kind of
works the same way for me. I use it all the time and when you place the
blackboard here, window, object, black board, it will actually as I say soak
the light and it will create kind of dark side of the object. Tip number two.
Before you start styling your food, take a very detailed look at it. Look at this
object you are going to photograph because you have to decide on angle. What angle you will photograph the object. Is it kind of low with a lot of details on
the top? Is it the best if you’re gonna be taking the photo from above or is it
a little bit higher and is it gonna look good if you’re gonna take the shot from
the side? How about 45 degrees kind of that way. When you take photos of food,
use tripod for the razor sharp images. It will make a huge difference. Tip
number three. Food styling can be very tricky but it will make a huge
difference in the photo. Normally we just grab a food, put it on a plate and put
it on a table and that’s how we eat but if you want to take photos of it, you
need to take your time and style it properly and you can tell the story
about the food in many different ways. When you are choosing a plate and a
bowel to place your food on to, make sure you choose the best one you have in your
house because something like this, chipped bowl is not gonna be very
helpful. You can add cutlery, use fresh ingredients in the background, you can
use spices and props that are related to food to sort of give an idea how the
dish was made. If you gotta be taking a photo from the
front like this, don’t forget to have the foreground and
the background nice and blurry and the object crispy sharp. Don’t be afraid to
add items such as cloth napkin with nice color to bring a little bit the color
to the food or don’t forget to sprinkle maybe parsley on the food or if
you are shooting a cake, don’t be afraid to just sprinkle a little icing sugar to
give it very interesting texture. Tip number four is here and that is camera
settings. When it comes to ISO, you want to keep it very low so somewhere ISO 100,
200 I would not go higher than 400. Make sure you have a lot of light. If you have
at home prime lens something like nifty 50, 50 millimeter lens, I have one right
here and it’s F/1.8, then the aperture will actually depend on how
much sharpness you want in the image. So I start at 2.8. There’s a quick tip. If
you want to find the sharpest point of the lens, the sweet spot, it is usually 2 to
3 F stops above the widest aperture. So on the Nifty Fifty, F/1.8, I will start
around 2.8, 3.8 to 4.8. I will look for the most sharpness, the sharpest
crisp photo. And when it comes to shutter speed, we’ll just select it accordingly.
Last tip is about editing the photos. I usually use Lightroom to edit my images
and first thing I’m going to do, I’m gonna cool down the image a little bit
so the white is very white, punchy and bright. Sometimes I bring the exposure up, some people like to sharpen photos more, I prefer using clarity or a little bit
texture to bring in the details and increase the contrast a little bit for a
dramatic result. So those were my 5 tips when it comes to food photography. Now
it’s your turn. So you have until December 31st 2019 to submit your food
or drinks images for a chance to be featured in the next creative camera
challenge video which will be in January. So now you can upload the images to ZD
camera Challenge Facebook group and the link is
in the video description below or you can upload them to your Instagram and
use #zdchallenge11. Don’t forget to include what camera and lens you were
using, camera settings as well, what is the food all about and if you want to
share some story with us when it comes to the food. We are gonna be very
interested in that. And as always hit the thumbs up button if you liked today’s
video, subscribe to all future videos like these. If you have any questions,
comments, you want to say hello or Ahoj, you can do that in a comment section
below. And you know what? Let me know what other camera challenges you would like to do, throw me some themes, challenge me for a change. I’ll see everyone in the next one. Cau…. Ahoj…. mmm just like from my Mommy.

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