The “last meal” is a well known segment of popular culture in the United States. We may not be all too familiar with the intricacies of capital punishment, but we all have heard of a last meal. Photographer and chef Julia Ziegler-Haynes found public records of last meal requests by executed inmates and meticulously recreated them in this series called “Today’s Special.” [more]
Marketing and advertising treads a fine line. Put too little into an initiative, and the audience never engages. Go too far, and it becomes cliché and unattractive. But if you can hit that perfect balance and walk that fine line, perfection can be truly beautiful. When the guys from Golpeavisa were tasked with shooting a cover photo of two-Michelin star chef René Redzepi for Premier Class Magazine, they walked that line with unmatched poise. [more]
“Big Appetites” is an ongoing project by Seattle-based photographer Christopher Boffoli where he creates worlds made out of real food with tiny detailed figures living in them. He started this project back in 2002 as he was inspired by the culturally recurring fascination with tiny people in out of scale environments that was very common in films and television he grew up on.
Just when I thought I had seen it all I was sent this incredible video by one of our readers. The Marmalade, a special effects studio in Germany, has created an incredible high speed robot used to film precise moments during ultra high frame rate takes. The results look so perfect that I thought I was watching CGI at first. Even if you aren’t into robots you will want to watch this video for the most stunning macro videography I’ve ever seen. [more]
When I caught wind that the tripod masters at Really Right Stuff were about to release a new product, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. I love new gear. Because it had not even finished final production yet, they unfortunately could not send me a brand new one in time to satisfy my desire to see it. However, they didn’t want to disappoint and instead sent me the prototype! Score! Let’s take a look at the TFA-01 Pocket Pod. [more]
Today, Bon Appetit featured a very comprehensive blog post from food photographer William Hereford. Rather than just talking about just a particular technique or style, Hereford also writes to the burgeoning food photographer/enthusiast and tries to answer the question: What is the camera you should go with if you want to get into commercial food photography? The answer may surprise you. [more]
I’m gonna go out on a limb and say this one is a first. Stockholm photographer Phillip Karlberg has created a quirky and vibrant series of not-so-still life images. The subject? Colorful desserts spinning on top of revolving records. Music and food combined, literally. Below are some of the images from this well executed series that he calls 33 RPM. [more]
Celebrated Food Photog Marcus Nilsson Dishes on Shooting On-Camera Flash, Tilt-Shift Lenses, and Why He Hates Sandwiches
Marcus Nilsson thinks outside the box. A former chef, Nilsson stumbled into food photography and ended up being one of the photographers who shaped our contemporary approach to cuisine. Today, Nilsson is still pushing that envelope (with on-camera flash, what?!), and regularly works for some of the world’s top foodie magazines, including Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, Martha Stewart Living, Details, Esquire, Everyday with Rachael Ray, the Food Network, GQ, and Travel+Leisure. Check out the full FS Spotlight interview below, where Nilsson dishes on shooting on-camera flash, tilt-shift lenses, crazy Mexican market foods, and why he hates sandwiches.
Photographer and Artist Cristina Otero has taken the creativity of her self portraits much further than most others I have seen. In this post I am just featuring some of the awesome self-portraits that she has done with fruit but there is way more on her site, so make sure to swing by after checking out the photos posted below.
Shooting interiors and still lifes can be notoriously difficult. And when done poorly, it can be downright boring… which is why I love photographer Lisa Hubbard and her work. Hubbard’s work is fresh and quirky, with a style and sense of humor that never gets old. Her impressive list of clients, including Anthropolgie, Absolut, Bon Appetit, Burberry, Kmart, and Martha Stewart, certainly agree. Check out this week’s FS Spotlight with Lisa Hubbard to get the scoop on her life as a successful interior and lifestyle photographer.
Every photographer needs a few things in their bag of tricks. An easy trick is to add some smoke to your images for effect. You can always create photo smoke on a budget if you want to MacGyver it but there is another solution – two solutions in fact. Click the full post to watch a video on how easily smoke can be created with two liquids.
Maya Rota Klein created this stop-motion Photoshop cooking parody for an Adobe Competition. This clever video shows what it would be like if baking were as simple and error-proof as Photoshop. You might not want to use the burn tool but there’s nothing that the patch tool can’t fix. Click the full post to watch the video.
This video is a couple years old now but it’s the first time I’ve seen it. One part Geico caveman, two parts Macgyver, Bryan Peterson shows how easy it can be to create a simple yet eye catching stock photo. Using nothing more than a Nikkor 200mm Macro Lens, some sparkling water, a glass, a lemon, and some old Christmas wrapping paper, Bryan shows you how easy a product shot can be if you just focus on the composition and some easy reflector lighting. What shocked me even more than this DIY photoshoot next to an interstate setup was the realization that someone gave me his super popular book Understanding Exposure as a gift years ago and it’s here on my bookshelf. His tips make photography look so easy, even a caveman can do it!
Bruton Stroube Studios sets up a beautiful breakfast only to throw it into the air and film it in super slow motion. It’s obvious that a lot of planning went into such a simple concept but it was worth all of the effort. Check out the full post to see the finished video.
If you have ever wanted to frustrate yourself as a photographer, try shooting food and actually make it look appetizing. Edward Gowans, a photographer based out of Portland Oregon, has made a living shooting food for almost 20 years. Edward learned there was a big market in the northwest looking for stylized culinary images. Using the lighting knowledge he gained from shooting fashion models, Edward began creating stylized culinary images for his clients. As you can see in this video, some of his setups are pretty extensive and sometimes take full days to design. With food, the light often needs to be scrimmed, flagged, and reflected perfectly to showcase both the textures and colors of a well plated dish. Check out more of Ed’s work in his portfolio here.