A few days ago, I was asked to do some food photography for a wine bar on the Upper East, Uncorked NYC. The bar is a very nice, and cozy spot for anyone in the age group of 30-55. Its unique decor makes you feel like you’re in a fancy bar, yet the music and the vibe make it feel casual and low-key. Not going to lie, the menu is so fancy, I can’t even pronounce half of what they offer. That said, I do like the sliders. Mmmmm the sliders.
Anyway, enough with food.
Given that I was on location, and that I don’t have my lighting equipment with me while I’m in New York, I had to makedo with what they had on site: 2 of 5000k hot lights, a blue piece of cloth, and a glass table. The gear setup: Nikon D7000, Nikon 50mm AF-S f/1.8, and my Manfrotto 55XPROB.
When working on food photography, the most important things are to make sure the food stands out, so a rim light is very critical. My lighting setup was simple: one key light at 45-45 degrees, and one rim light. At one point, my rim light was spilling too much, I had to use a makeshift snoot made out of newspaper.
Aside from using the rim light to make the food “pop”, there’s one important element to make it look fresh: oil. The dishes were coming out in tandem, so while I was working on one dish, the others were just sitting there, going stale. If you need to make it look like it just got out of the grill, brush some vegetable oil it, and you’re read to go.
The good thing about studio photography is you have control of everything, so it’s easy to get things right in camera, which minimizes your post. Dragging a few sliders in Lightroom, and off you go.
Below are all the pictures that I personally like from the shoot. If you live in New York and happen to be in the area, make sure to come check out Uncorked wine bar in the Upper East.