Post Favorite Food Shots: for discussion and to give ideas on what we can shootREMINDER ADD A TABLE FIRST THEN PUT YOUR PICTURES IN ONE PART AND YOUR COMMENTS IN THE OTHER
For the week we photograph soups, salads, sandwiches, etc. I was thinking of having someone make a Mediterranean salad. I have some olive wood bowls, plates, and forks that would fit well with this type of salad. In this photograph I love the layers of circles and the splash of pattern in the napkin, the color of the napkin repeats with the subtle use of radishes in the salad. Although the pattern is a little loud in the photograph the star is still the salad because it's the only green object in the photograph and also edible.
Mariah Baumgartle
I have always loved photographs of cakes that have a slice out of it and accented with a cup of coffee. In this photograph there are many repeating colors and shapes, however, the coffee cup and saucer are too loud with the pattern. I also enjoy the high key lighting in the photo. With a photograph such as this I would use my pale pink depression glass.
Mariah Baumgartle

Food1 Michael Ray.jpgPhotographer Michael Ray- I love the contemporary style of the image on the right hand side I think this is a really interesting way to incorporate photoshop into food shooting. I also really like how the image on the left incorporates multiple aspects of one dish but has a clear star.
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This is also a shot done by Michael Ray- I like the live action of the grill and flames.
Food 3 lavine.jpgThis is a shot by Joe Lavine
The simplicity and overall cleanness of this shot is beautiful. I love the overall tone of thpallet and the juxtaposition that such a clean image has with our idea of a big juicy burger.
Food 4 Lavine.jpgAlso by Joe Lavine- I like the height of the burger and the top bun sliding off. The other elements allow me to construct a story to the image which I also really enjoy.
Food 5 Marr Armendariz.jpgPhotographer Matt Armendariz- Everything about this makes me enjoy it. I love that there is still a star in the shot even though there are many other things going on. The implied action is very well composed and thought out. On top of all that I love the style of food and the dishes/ table top and color pallet used.
Food 6 David Munns.jpgDavid Munns- I really enjoy the lighting of this image and the placement of the serving plate on the table. The colors in the soup are beautiful and there is a story telling element.
Food 8 David Munns .jpgDavid Munns- I can't get enough of the lighting on this dish it is so simple in styling and makes the overall image feel very natural to me.
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Pornchai Mittongtare- I would like to work on shots like this that experiment with depth of field and include multiple table elements without taking away from the focus of the image.
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Pornchai Mittongtare- I like the idea of having messiness in my images. Cooking is a fun thing to do and usually not as clean as most traditional images express.
I know this was a huge post. Sorry for being so excited. These are just some areas and ideas I would like to focus on for the whole class. I hope everyone gets a chance to check out all the different photographers work I posted.
Rachel Shelton

what I really love about this photo is the lighting.
Its bright, airy and you can see the repeating shapes and colors.
I want my images to have that same quality of light.-Ashley Trehey

Notes by Matthew Moore
Photographs by Pornchai Mittongtare

What I like about these two images (illustrated as a diptych on Mittongtare's website) is the use of natural light—which allows the colors to "pop." I also enjoy the texture underneath the star as well as the triangle layout that leads the eye in to it. Lastly, the stars are also using the rule of thirds.

The one on the left is simple in nature but what I love about it is the "before & after" shot of the onion rings.

The one on the right is also simple in composition but I like how it suggests a complete meal.
Photographs by Pornchai Mittongtare

Again these two images where shown as a diptych but overall I'm fond of the high contrast light that gives these images their warm, light, and airy feel to them. I also savor the layers of depth (foreground, middle, and background). Yet it's the shallow depth of field that makes these images work.

The left image uses repeating color (maybe a little to much) where as the image on the right has an overall neutral color palette and I wish that the green was used to accent the star more.
Photographs by Pornchai Mittongtare

I know these shots were already posted by Rachel but I wanted to share my thoughts on these.

Again what I like the most about this diptych is the before and after stages of the food—it tells a story.

The one on the left is just laid out in a grid format and relies heavy on the vivid color of the main ingredient to draw the viewers' attention.

The right image is also using color as it's main tool to draw the eye as well as leading lines. If I were to shoot this I would have used a non-wrinkled table cloth, used some selective focus on the star, and added some similar color to crate a triangle (maybe a reddish or pinkish napkin or some spices).
Photographs by Miki Duisterhof

Just some additional awesome shots.
Photography by David Loftus

Another awesome shot.
Photography by David Loftus

Another awesome shot.

Photograph by Joe Lavine
I find this image interesting and I wouldn’t mind trying to do something similar to it. I like the simplicity of the lightning with it being back lit from the right and a left front fill. I also like the repetition of the green throughout the image. Lastly I like how there is a low depth of field and leading lines that draw your attention to the star of the image. - Valerie Morris

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Photographer by Lou Manna
I like this kind of style of photography in food.
The close-ups, color and the use of repetition.
Scott Lee
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Photographs by Stephen Hamilton.

I am a fan of Hamilton's work. He uses repeating shapes, colors and drama in most of his shots. He still captures the juicy, cheesy, soft moments that make food desirable to us along with giving the image a sense of place by having other elements in the photograph. -Kristin Penny


Photographs by Joe Lavine

I am very fond most of Lavine's work. I discovered him last quarter in advanced lighting through Brad Bartholomew. I enjoy his simplicity and the way he lights his scene with just one or two strobes creates a beautiful dramatic scene with visible texture and beauty. I wonder if sharing the same studio as Howard Sokol has anything to do with it. :) -Kristin Penny



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The images that interest me all seem to have dark, simple backgrounds with a hero that contrasts the background. All of the
images are clean and have fantastic lighting. It seems like less is more. From left to right, the photographers are Amy Johnson, Rina Jordan, and Clare
-Jessica Dexter

Anna Keiser-
One of the spectacular things about food photography is that sometimes the most simple of shots are also the most detailed. I love the use of colors, both contrasting and complimenting as well as the textures of the subject verses the surroundings.
Photo by Dana Hoff

I really like how both of these shots aren't quite centered, they don't feel as boring as they allow the eye to move better. The use of details with the paper in the first shot really adds an extra layer of texture that contrasts nicely with the rough bread. I think I would have switched the bowl with peppers to the left and the smaller bowls to the right. With the crepes, I think the warm subject/cool background is a nice concept, and I think red and grey work very well together. It feels sophisticated without being pretentious.
Stacy Bauer