Shooting Tomatoes and Wine Bottles and Glasses
Yeah so what do I want to tell you here? as I am the one who is learning…..ok, I believe in sharing is learning for all, its how I learn as well, for example my flickr buddies and friends add set up shots to their images, or add descriptions how they achieved the looks, and from examining that, plus trial and error I learn a lot.
If you want to see this image with detailed explanations of what is what, click here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/marcoveringa/3464990953/
So obviously this first few set of shots was for the wine glass and bottle, but in essence the set up is not much differece, for the Tomato shots, simply remove the flags, add a clear plexi glass suspended over 4 water glasses above the velvet, raise the softboxes to match that est voila you are where my tomatoes were.
In the following shots you can see the very clear difference between having soft-boxes or having soft-boxes and flags, Flags are black pieces of board, that prohibit light spill on something, i.e. the black boards you see blocking part of the light from the soft-boxes. In fact they block 3/4 of the light of the boxes…..almost making them obsolete.
Have a look at them first:
Now look again:
Despite that in the last image the stem of the glass really disappears in the background, its a much better shot and a much crisper look isnt it? BTW I am at a loss as to why I cant get any highlight into the stem……if anyone has any tips, pls let me know!!
Another problem I had was with the Wine Bottle, why oh why when the soft-boxes were even pointing downwards why didnt i get highlights all the way down the bottle…..? they seemed to disappear just midway the bottle. how weird is that, and no I am NOT trying to bounce my lights of the black, light consuming velvet…haha. again if you know why, pls let me know, it will help me improve! here the proof to the pudding, disappearing highlights midway bottle:
The following shot perhaps gives more clues as there is a glass in the shot and shows more what going around, but still to me it has no answers:
Ok down to the Tomatoes of this post now, one of my friends and Colleagues is Angelo Mc Donnell, he is a great Chef, an artist and a serious Competition Chef as well, he brought out this book called “Hot Tomatoes” , its sold at amazon.com : http://www.amazon.com/Hot-Tomatoes-Angelo-McDonnell/dp/9889938715 Now Tomatoes I have a soft heart for, they arent vegetables, they arent fruits, therefore they can be treated with both salt and sugar, if you know what I mean. Add to that the colors and shapes they posses, it just means you have an enormously versatile ingredient. Angelo in his book he really shows he understands this to the point!
Anyway I have tried to shoot his book cover idea, i.e. a “hot” Tomato, or a tomato on fire, as you can see from the amazon.com link above.
1st Challange: how to light it well
2nd Challange: how to show the flames well
So you can see I have lots to learn but also do my share of sharing so others can learn from me or my mistakes (mostly)!
I have on purpose not shared lighting settings and positioning as this goes into so much details, and needs so much trial and error, if you are interested in that, visit my flicrk stream which has most those detals on each shot.