An Introduction To Restaurant Food Photography
Please note this post was not created by Jay Clapp Photography but by Taylor Mathis
Have you ever been assigned to take pictures of a chef’s creations in a restaurant? Photographing food on location at a restaurant is a very common assignment for a food photographer. I have an editorial client that sends me to 4 or 5 restaurants every month to take pictures of the dishes. Through these assignments, I have discovered that most restaurants are not designed with the photography in mind. They will often be very dark and have a myriad of light directions and color temperatures. In these situations, you will have to bring your own lighting gear. There are other occasions when there will be large beautiful windows for natural light. If you have never been to the restaurant before, then you have to be prepared for both scenarios. Here is an example using two light sources with the same dish.
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