Tag: food photography

Pasta Food Photography

Facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestlinkedinmail

Pasta - Andy Sears Pasta, on its own, is not the most inspiring of subjects for food photography. Whether dried or fresh, pasta tends not to have a great amount of detail or texture. Getting in close with a macro lens does open the subject up, you start to see micro detail, a dusting of flour livens uncooked pasta up and provides more detail.

With cooked pasta, photographing while steaming hot can again liven up the scene, a small amount of parsley or black pepper can again add to the detail.

The thin slightly translucent nature of pasta also lends itself to backlighting, where the tones of the pasta and the glow of the backlighting show themselves. It is also a cheap subject, dried pasta, dark background and boiling water on a tabletop studio. Pasta comes in all shapes and sizes so most stores have a good selection of varieties to choose from.

For these images, the lighting consisted of one softbox with daylight fluorescent lamp to the right and backlighting provided by a single Speedlight set on low power.

 

Pasta - Food Photography - Andy SearsThe fresh tagliatelle image looked quite flat on the first images, a light dust of flour provided extra detail and texture which was picked up with the lighting well. Concentrating on the uncooked pasta first allowed me to play around with the lighting without worrying about pans of boiling water.

In manual mode, I used the lowest ISO I could with the images, to minimise noise, varying apertures were used depending how much of the scene I wanted to focus on.

After the uncooked pasta, I turned to capturing some cooked, steaming pasta. I set up a fork suspended in the air by taping it to the top of canned veg!.

 

 

Cokked tagliatelle - food photography - Andy SearsI boiled the pasta in water but removed from the water before it was fully cooked. Now here is the tricky bit, getting the pasta twirled around a fork is not as easy as it seems, it slides off easily and has a mind of its own.

With the intention of capturing steam, my first few attempts failed as by the time I managed to get the pasta on a fork, it had cooled and the steaming stopped. Keeping the fork straight and tilting the pan was the answer. Once securely on the fork, the pasta was dipped briefly back into the boiling water then quickly set up and captured while still steaming.

The steam does not last long and several images were fired off in succession to capture the variations.Some dried parsley was also used on the pasta t give it a little more detail.

 

 

Eggs on Toast

Facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestlinkedinmail

So today I tried something a little different. Using the Nikon D7200 to record the still images I decided to give its video capabilities a try.  This was no big setup, using daylight as the light source and a quick edit in Apples iMovie.

The food photography ‘eggs’ stills were ok, but the slow motion of the burst yolk added a little something to the final output.

Photography

Andy Sears offers a range of photography services for small business, sole traders and creatives. Based in the village of Graveley, Nr Hitchin, Hertfordshire, I cover the areas of Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, and Cambridgeshire.

Some of the areas of photography I cover, include:

  • Garden Photography
  • Macro Photography
  • Jewellery Photography
  • Small Product Photography
  • Photography for the purpose of insurance
  • Outdoor Event Photography / Documentary / Location Photography local area, tourism, outdoor events
  • Food Photography
  • On-site Photography retail premises, cafes, restaurants, gardens etc.
  • Stock Images
  • Photo Restoration
  • Photography for Websites

Photography from Andy Sears including food, product and location photography.

All images taken are post processed using the latest software (Adobe Photoshop / Capture One Pro) to ensure optimal quality. Images can be resized for both web and print use. Image delivery is via secure direct download.

Guide pricing is shown below, however, there are many variations, distance, the time taken and of course the type of job, so please do contact me at andysears@visart.co.uk with further details of your requirements, where I will be happy to provide a bespoke quotation depending on your needs.

  • £22.00 per hour
  • £80.00 half day
  • £150.00 full day

 

Commercial & Product Photography

Product photography from visartProduct and commercial photography from visart photo. Whether exciting tech, elegant jewellery or mundane everyday items, the product should always look its best, once the image has been captured we always ensure full post processing is applied to ensure the end result shows the product at its very best.

Enquire about the images below.

Food Photography

food photographer - Andy Sears - Hitchin Hertfordshire

Food provides an excellent subject for photography, whether cooked finished dishes ingredients in their raw and natural state, the unlimited texture and colours of food make great visuals. There is nothing truer than the saying “you eat with your eyes first”.

Striking, large format images look impressive adorning the walls of shops, restaurants and coffee shops, images that can easily be matched to any environment, whether rustic or modern. Without reading a menu customers can easily identify the type of food and ingredients on offer.

Enquire about photography

Enquire about the images below.

Go to work on an egg

Facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestlinkedinmail

Deciding to shoot a simple photograph of a boiled egg complete with runny egg yolk, proved to be difficult.
Boiled Egg and Toast
First the elusive Egg cup, after trying many supermarkets and home stores, it took two days to track down an egg cup, where? In the local garden centre.

Now for the egg itself, a soft boiled egg. On the basis that an egg timer is 3 minutes, thats what I went for, one egg plunged into boiling water and timed. The result raw egg, with a snot like consistency.

Increased the boiling time to 4 minutes, the result being one egg that appeared to be less ‘boiled’ than the previous egg.

So the ultimate egg boiling time came out at 5 minutes and 20 seconds. Next up the toast, this proved a little easier with only one slice burnt!.

All I can say is I am glad I was not photographing a 5 course meal