Have you ever wished you had an extra hand that you could set a prop in and know that it wouldn't move? Fortunately photographers and videographers have dozens of clamps, clips, stands, and arms that allow them to place any piece of lighting gear, lighting modifier, or prop anywhere they would like to. You could have a model or member of your crew hold a utensil in place, but there is a high chance that they will experience fatigue and drop the food. Here is a solution that uses grip gear to ensure your food will stay in place for as long as you would like.
For this set-up, you will need a light stand, Super Clamp, Flex Arm, and a Nano Clamp. Connect your super clamp to the Flex Arm. At the end of the Flex Arm, add the Nano Clamp. Connect the base of the super clamp to the light stand. You will have to do some maneuvering to get the arm where you will need it, but with the flexible arm will give you a wide range of motion. At the end of the Nano Clamp, add the utensil.
Once the fork is in place, I add the styled piece of food. Here are a couple shots showing the fork in place.
Above I have showed you one example, but there are hundreds of different shots where this would come in handy. Shooting cereal or soup and want to have the spoon hovering over the bowl with the food in it? Clamping your utensil down will allow for you to achieve this shot. Shooting pasta and want to have the noodles perfectly wrapped around the tines of the fork? Once again a clamp is the solution. What are some of your favorite grip set ups?
For more food photography tips, tricks, and tutorials, check out issues 1-7 of photographing FOOD!