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When red peppers are fresh and plentiful in the fall, we often make a soup with them. I shot the photos of the process while my husband, the chef of this household was making the soup. And more recently I took the first and last images of the finished product.
I started to look for props during the summer. I had read a few articles by food photographers who shot in their own studios. They had fairly large inventory of dishware but only one or two pieces of a set. After viewing various food photography blogs, I had a good idea of what I was looking for. It is really amazing what you can find at local thrift and consignment shops. I found some real treasures and added a number of things to my kitchen that I thought would look good in my food photography shots.
This is a learning experience for me and as I mentioned I took the shots of the process when my husband was cooking. This was very disruptive for the both of us. In the future I think I will try to take a few photos of the ingredients before and separately from shooting the process or final product. I don’t know what can be done to improve the shooting during the cooking. I fear that I will continue to be a nuisance for my husband at times.
It was a time-consuming process setting up the first and last shots of the final product. I set up all the props before adding the food. But it was still a race to get the shot before the food was worse for wear. I can only image what it is like to shoot ice cream under hot lights. I found myself making constant changes to the presentation even after I thought I was set up. Between the lighting, preparation and presentation of the food, this type of photography has been the most challenging yet.
I hope you will let me know what you think of this effort. Any words of advice with the shooting, presentations or final pics are always appreciated.