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Shooting sharp... utensils.

A very sharp food shoot.



A couple of months ago I collaborated with a very talented creative director and food stylist from LA on an interesting food shoot. Marta came to Europe to promote her unique platform for food creatives Phoode.com. This website is a well designed "machine" for finding food creatives from all over the globe.

While she was in London we did a two day shoot together. The idea was to photograph sharp kitchen utensils such as peelers, graters and knives in a new and interesting way.


How do you photograph sharp objects? You show sharpness. To achieve it I decided to go “sharp” with both of my main tools: the light and the depth of field.


I am a huge fan of using as little lights as possible and you will often find me using just a single light. For this shoot I wanted the shadows to be harsh and well defined so I went with a single bare head. I like working with this sort of setup for achieving a very graphic look as it is a very high contrast lighting. The other thing I like about this light is how it shows metal. It makes it look somehow “raw” and it creates strong reflections and a nice bling here and there.



Shooting small objects at such angle will almost always result in some part of the image being a bit blurry. To get everything in focus I used focus stacking. This way I was sure every element of the image would remain sharp.


You can read all about the idea and the creative process behind this shoot on the Phoode blog here. Enjoy!




Tags: #foodshoot #foodphotograhy #foodphotoshoot #foodphotographer

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