Date: 14 May 2011
Event: Alpha Food Photography WorkshopLocation: Social@KL, G Tower Hotel, Jln. Tun Razak, KL
Group photo with other participants, En. Azhar & John, the organiser. (Photo credit to John Shum, Sony Malaysia)I've got a chance to attend a workshop on Food Photography organised by Sony Malaysia recently for Alpha users. Held at a swanky Social@KL restaurant, in G Tower hotel, we've been given few lessons on how to shoot food photography more effectively by a professional food photographer, En. Azhar Ariff. He is the Managing Photographer of Fotomomo Studio and one of the photographer for Time Out KL and Expatriate Lifestyle magazines.
The 4 dishes.
Azhar is busy setting up the lights for the shots.
The 1st two would normally require every details of the foods to be seen while the last would allow for shallow depth-of-field kind of shots.
The setup used for the 1st dish. The Mac Pro notebook wasn't part of it and was meant to show the sample shot taken earlier by the pro on the same dish.
Light and shadow positions are important aspects for food photography. Always ensure the food is shot with shadow facing towards the camera as shown below. It appears that we would require several trial and error steps to get the best shadow positions and 'reasonable' lighting for the shot.
My shot on the 1st dish.
My good insurance shot as praised by En. Azhar.
Fill the frame.
Vertical orientation shot.
For food on rectangular plate, it is better to have the close-up of the food rather than shot of the entire plate.
Food on rectangular plate.
An Aerial shot of food.
A Table-level shot of food.
In a nutshell, I've learn quite a lot from the pro on a very niche area of photography. Thank you very much to En. Azhar who always willing to share tips and tricks on food photography as well as provide good critics on the shots we had.
One final tips he had given was: