How to (or how not to) shoot and light a hamburger
Ok admittedly I think I am well overstepping myself here, however I know where I am, I know I fail often, but just want to share with you how I take my shots while I progress.
So here goes, first of all I placed a mirror on the table as for this shot I was hoping to get a nice effect with the reflection. In hindsight this wasn’t such a good idea. Nevertheless I didn’t know until I was finished and saw everything on the big screen.
So in order to deal with room reflections I had to use some sort of white foam board, which you can see partially suspended from the wall behind with scotch tape. I then added 2 soft-boxes, one at 2 o’clock behind subject and one at 8 o’clock of subject.
I used a total of 2 reflector boards and 1 mirror for fill and highlights, but had major problems with the fries they were in a sack of parchment paper and this paper seemed to soak up the light. So its constantly standing out too much.
For the Burger, on purpose I did NOT go for the ruffled lettuce style as I have never ever seen that anywhere and I want my shots to convey some sort of reality. with Bush gone and Obama now in place, this should be possible and welcomed. 🙂 I also didn’t use just one super-sized slice of Beef Tomato as none of the Burger Joints ever use these kind of tomatoes as they are to expensive for them. I guess you start to feel where I am coming from, a shot may be staged but it may not fool you into getting what you wont get, i.e. I hate to se a corn salad pictured with a ton of corn in it but when i order it i have to go scout for the corn!
I did resort to cooking the beef patty to only medium, then chilling it down to stop the cooking, then wrapping it with paper tissue to catch any drippings and coagulated blood, to make sure it looks clean and crisp, however that turned out looking a bit dry, I guess next time I should brush it with oil just before shooting.
The Cheese, the pickles, the bun to me look just perfect, but the parchment paper bag spoils everything for me as it soaked up all light and looks in all shots total washed out.
Here are the shots, don’t get hungry!