Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Food shoot with Alan De Herrera

I recently had the "wonderfully delicious" opportunity to attend a day-long food photography workshop with famous food photographer and humanitarian photojournalist, Alan De Herrera from Los Angeles. Alan was on Maui along with food stylist, Tamara Kaufman shooting a Moorish cookbook and gracious enough to offer a class while he was on the island. We had a great time in the small class and were able to spend time listening to Alan talk about techniques in shooting food as well as getting some hands-on time practicing what we learned.
Alan started the workshop with setting up a bowl of soup. Simple right? Not even close! It took about an hour to get the right shot of soup. Food photography is not for the impatient photographer or anyone who doesn't pay strict attention to detail. So if you are detail oriented this is perfect for you!
We spent time learning how to set up different backgrounds and also how to get just the right angle on the food item before we lit it up using off camera lighting, reflectors and even mirrors. It was fascinating! (that's not my camera below, by the way)
Finally, we got to enjoy the food we had been shooting with an impeccably prepared meal by a personal chef. It was delectable!
I'm getting hungry again. Now it is off to shoot food- and EAT!!
A hui hou,

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