Last week I had two photo shoots scheduled in Corvallis, Oregon. I had a chance to do some food photography for the first time at the Del Alma Restaurant. The restaurant serves a delicious menu of Latin cuisine and features creative cocktails. I have to say that the food is so delicious. It was the best food I’ve had in a long time.
Since I don’t have the proper lighting for shooting food, I brought two utility lights and a foil covered binder. The binder could be bent around the food dishes to lighten up dark areas by acting as a light reflector. My step-daughter had sent me a blog post of a foodie that built a light box. This blog post lead me to a post, “How to build a light box” on another great foodie blog. Though I didn’t build a light box for this trip, I did use the idea of the inexpensive utility lights. I bought the lights at Walmart and used daylight bulbs in them.
The restaurant had some really nice natural light coming in through the windows so I only used one utility light as well as my speedlite flash. Hubby was my assistant and moved the light where I needed it. Though this is not ideal, it did work for now until I can get proper lighting equipment in the future. I didn’t need the on-camera flash when using my 50mm lens. I switched lenses a few times. So between my 18-135mm and the 50mm lenses, I think it worked out well.
The chef brought out beautiful dishes of food that were works of art! The owner made some of their special creative cocktails so I could photograph them as well. I took many shots for each dish and drink grouping. I wanted to be sure I had some good shots of everything. I did move rather slow as this was all new to me, but it was a very good learning experience. It will help me in the future to know what to think about when on location and what type of equipment to bring.
We returned to the restaurant right after sunset to photograph the outside of the building during the “blue hour”. Currently, I’m enrolled in Kent Weakley’s Night Photography course online. I used his ideas and tips for shooting during the “blue hour”.
Here is a list of websites that were very helpful to me in preparation for this food photography assignment.
I welcome your feedback. If you have any tips on photographing food, I would love to hear it! For a related post on my day in Corvallis, you can read my daily photo journal entry for February 17th titled, “A day of photo shoots”.