If you’re like me, the poking, prodding, and general manipulation of food is a bit off-putting to your natural sensibilities. There’s a resistance to destroying perfectly good food – art, really, even if it’s in the name of another art – photography.
But mourn not, my friends, what is lost to the taste buds is gained by the eyes in an image that will last forever. 😉
In preparation for single-dish photo-shoots, I have some fun background/tablecloth fabric, gold-plated flatware, service trays, & some discreet serving dishes that will support your dish as the main act.
Shoots of a full table-setting (table with several plates of plated food) will require you provide your own service items.
Gas: .85/mi; per google maps from: 185th Ave & Walker Rd, Beaverton, OR.
Shoot: $30/hr; one-hour minimum
$20 Premium for shoots, Mon-Fri, after 3P rush-hour traffic
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Photo-Shoot Food Preparation
Food doesn’t need to be hot, but in preparation for image-capture you can expect a fair amount of poking and prodding with clean, bare fingers, and the occasional spray of water, so, if you’re not a five-second-rule kinda guy/girl, be prepared to toss the dish afterwards. If you are, well, as they say, what happens in Vegas . . .
A word about ice cream: if shooting a dessert which includes a scoop of ice cream: pre-scoop, then freeze it in a container. This will delay its melting, some what, during the shoot.
The best time for a food photo-shoot is a day when you have neither to prepare nor to serve a meal. But that’s rarely possible, and not very practical.
The next best, and most practical time, is either the day you prepare your meal, or the day you serve your meal (keep in mind, many dishes taste better the day after resting/marinating in the fridge), but, unless you’re an old pro at cooking for *Josephine (and I know some of you are), probably NOT the day when you have to do both preparation and serving.
It’s not always possible, but keep in mind, it’s most cost-effective to shoot more than one dish per session. Most sessions take between an hour and an hour and a half, depending on the number of dishes we’re shooting.
*for those who are Josephine cooks
Social Media formats available: FaceBook, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, Google +, & LinkedIn.
Accommodating different aspect-ratios for social mediums that don’t share the same aspect-ratios requires composing and shooting separate images for each medium. Therefore, each different aspect-ratio will require a shot of a new, separate image.
Social mediums that share the same aspect-ratio can utilize the same image.
Following are the ideal dimensions and aspect-ratios of various social mediums:
FaceBook: 1,200 px X 628 px / 1 : .5233
Twitter: 1,024 px X 512 px / 1 : .5
LinkedIn: 700 px X 400 px / 1 : .5714
Google +: 800 px X 1,200 px / 1 : 1.5
Pinterest: 735 px X 1,102 px / 1 : 1.4993
Instagram: 1,080 px X 1,080 px / 1 : 1
As you can see FaceBook, Twitter, & LinkedIn share similar vertical aspect-ratios; roughly 1:.5, and Google + & Pinterest share similar horizontal ratios at 1:1.5. And, of course, Instagram is a lone square ratio at 1:1.
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