HKPC Strobist Group Food Photography Meeting
Tonight we had an event organized by my Flickr Buddy Malcolm, to go and shoot some food in a restaurant called La Mer Brasserie in LKF Tower, LKF Hong Kong.
The idea was to give more people an insight in how to handle food, lighting and styling in a restaurant setting.
Almost all who came along had some sort of lighting equipment with them so as you can see from the overall image it was a real flashing event! Full of Softboxes, Umbrellas and Flashes.
We were 9 people and ordered a number of dishes, to come out slowly from the kitchen, well prepared by Chef Jimmy, and took turns in shooting the dishes.
I in particular like my Canon 100 MM F2.8 lens and wanted to see if I push the aperture to F16 and F 18 if I would get more pleasing results and more DOF, as I was just rejected by a stock agent, mainly it seems due to not enough DOF in some of my Images. In some way it worked but I was really not used to shoot in such a dim and colorful area, which posed problems with focusing and white balance.
Anyway I think it was a great learning experience for most, there were even few people there who didnt even have a flash, so imagine what a learning curve they took!
I am personally still stuck with quite close up shots of food as I havent found my way yet with food styling, I am always creating uncompelling images by wrongly placing things like cutlery, napkins and combining colors.
Anyway thats perhaps a new workshop we can organize, one for food styling!
Thanks to Malcolm for organizing this!