food photography: behind-the-scenes - by a beginner, for a beginner - part 4

I love seeing the before-after images of people, places, and objects.  I love watching backstage footage of performers before or after a stage show.  I love seeing making-of of movie scenes and album songs.  I love watching bloopers on YouTube videos.  I love seeing behind-the-scenes photos of an event.

If you feel the same as I do, this post is for you.  This post has some of the behind-the-scenes pictures of food photos I have clicked over the last year.  A lot of us learn a much more from a behind-the-scenes picture than we do from the final image.  Here I'm sharing some of my behind-the-scenes secrets (*cough*).

You will see all strange set ups - not professional at all.  You will not see reflectors, clips, special lights, or anything of that sort.  I use folder, papers, or clothes as the background.  I use cartons, glass, boxes, anything I can find for support.  Heck, I don't even have a tripod.  Can't help it - at this point I can't afford to spend too much on food photography even as a hobby, so I make full use of anything and everything I have available.  And why not?

After you see the pictures below, if interested there are some more on a previous post about props on a budget.


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As you may or may not have noticed - in this post, instead of words I am letting the pictures do the talking.  But...

Your challenge:

Question 1: is this post and are these pictures helping you in any way?  HOW?
Question 2: do you want to continue seeing more behind-the-scenes pictures?

Either answer the questions above, or even tell me about yourself - how you click, what you use, how you have changed over the time... I will enjoy reading that.


More Food Photography Posts:                                                             

Part 1: Light

                                                                                                                            
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8 comments:

  1. u have become a pro Nisha .. loved the photography .. m enjoying ur recipes too .. good going .. Happy Blogging

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  2. oops forgot to put my name there..
    Rajni

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  3. hey, i loved this post... i'm always looking for ideas how to prop up my pics with whatever resources i have, and i see i need to have a white foam board as soon as possible. since i take all my pics in the night due to my morning working hours, it is also like a challenge to get proper lighting... :)

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  4. these are some really practical ideas. thanks Nisha :)

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  5. So much of food posts is really about the staging. This was a super post!
    Thanks for sharing

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  6. thanks @spusht aka nisha for the detailed insight on food photography.... i have picked up quite a few tips and ideas that i shall be implementing in my photo shoots... as of now, what i do? i try click outside in my verandah as there is ample natural light and i don't have to use flash (i hate flash)... but at times when i cook something late evening/night, i have no option to click indoor with flash and this is where i seek more tricks to be able to click with no shadows or glares.

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    1. Clicking food late evening is tricky. Try different angles to see where there are less or no shadows. Also, you may have read the thermocol sheet/reflector tip in the previous posts? Very useful. Light from ceiling is not helpful to click food photos, see if you have a lamp that can give light from the side. One thing that I do - if I can't click a good photo before dinner, if I have some food leftover for the next day I will take a photo with the remaining food. I find that better than clicking bad photos. Hope that helps.

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    2. tks for the reply.... got the idea. shall try the lamp n thermocol , if that helps :)

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