A couple of posts back I mentioned a still life assignment I gave my beginning photography students.
Some might say this is way too tough one for folks who are starting out.
That’s true, but I think in attempting this, they will learn quite a bit.
Personally, I’m learning not to do any type of photography with food on an empty stomach. Sort of like, â€œNever go grocery shopping on an empty stomach?â€
- Canon 40D with 17-35 f2.8L lens
- Lightstand with adjustable arm
- Clothespins to hold leaves in place
- Props: white bowl, chopsticks, various bamboo utensils and wooden strainers
- Speedlite or external flash (for the more ambitious who want to light up the steam from hot dish)
This started off as a still life.
Along the way, I got ambitious and probably hungry.
Note to self: next time, enlist someone to take care of heating up food and preparing it, so that I can concentrate on just the photography.
I thought I could get this done and be eating my lunch in an hour.
Total time involved was more like 2 hours.
That didn’t include the tearing down and Â cleaning up the mess or incur the wrath of my wife even if it was in the garage.
Don’t forget the kitchen!
Ideas for next time I try this:
- Get bigger pieces and select best specimens of banana leaves
- Shoot early when temperatures are still cold
- Place bowl in front of dark background so that rising steam reads
- Snoot and place off-camera speedlite/flash to just light the steam
- Enlist someone to take care of the food
- Don’t shoot on empty stomach!
If you think I’ve overlooked something, do suggest some. Here’s what I ended up.