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Food Photography Tips and Techniques for Success - Food and Wine Conference

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Tips and techniques for food photography success including photographing beef, time saving tips, food styling tools, food styling tips, and lighting,

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Food Photography Tips and Techniques for Success - Food and Wine Conference

  1. 1. Food Photography Tips and Techniques for Success Presented by: Renee Dobbs @reneedobbs and BeefItsWhatsForDinner.com @Beef
  2. 2. Food Photography Time Saving Tips Setup Scene In Advance • Determine props • Place props • Use stand-ins • Set reflectors and diffusers Do test shots • Check and set lighting • Check overall scene & adjust • Check for distractions Have garnishes ready @reneedobbs@Beef
  3. 3. Food Photography Photographing Beef Steaks • Let rest at least ten minutes • Room temperature best • Use beef juices to moisten inside • Use oil to add shine to outside • Use sharp knife for slicing • Prop with cosmetic wedges @reneedobbs@Beef
  4. 4. Food Photography Photographing Beef Roasts • Use oil for shine • Use torch or heat gun to brown • Use restraint with sauces & gravy • Garnish with fresh herbs @reneedobbs@Beef
  5. 5. Food Photography Photographing Beef Raw Beef • Time is critical • Will oxidize • Keep pieces separate until using @reneedobbs@Beef
  6. 6. Food Photography Photographing Beef Vegetables (for salads and stir-frys) • Pile lettuce high or on top of prop • Use freshest possible • Undercook peppers • Blanch green beans + ice bath • Mist veggies with water (not beef) • Arrange to give pops of color @reneedobbs@Beef
  7. 7. Food Photography Food Styling Tools • Long tweezers or chopsticks • Water spray bottle • Oil and pastry brush • Paper towels • Toothpicks • Cosmetic wedges • Q-Tips • Syringe • Squeeze bottle • Frosting spreader @reneedobbs@Beef
  8. 8. Food Photography Food Styling Tips • Color wheel • Style for ethnic cuisines • Small plates and bowls • Use white when in doubt • Colorful and/or textured linens • Textured surfaces & backgrounds • Tell a story • Set a mood • Garnish, garnish, garnish @reneedobbs@Beef
  9. 9. Food Photography Lighting Tips • Real daylight is best • Daylight fluorescent close second • Cheap reflectors – white foam board • Cheap diffuser – white sheet (low thread count) • Use white foam board to set white balance • Silver reflector – baking sheet • Gold reflector – wrapping paper @reneedobbs@Beef
  10. 10. The Beef Checkoff BeefItsWhatsForDinner.com Twitter: @Beef Pinterest: BeefForDinner Facebook: BeefItsWhatsForDinner

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