As you've probably noticed, I've been posting a lot of food photos lately. It turns out that if you want a food photo that's nicer than your typical Instagram shot you'll need to put some thought into it. I made one attempt at a food shot by just winging it and the photo was horrible. So I had to put some more thought into it.
I've been a longtime listener of the This Week In Photo podcast and one of the regular contributors is the very talented food photographer Nicole S. Young, so I bought her book. Her book is full of great tips and ideas, but also assumes that the reader has a tabletop to work with, I clearly don't. So what I had to do was take her setup ideas and adapt them to the tiny truck.
When selecting the gear to shoot with I had to make several compromises. First off, I still have to be able to get the shot, otherwise this whole process is pointless.
Next up, the gear has to be small enough to store it out of the way. We don't have much storage space and every little bit counts.
And last, it still has to be fairly small when setup. Karen has to be able to cook with the entire thing setup. She needs far more room to work with than I do if we want the food to look and taste great.
So follow along in the captions as I setup the mini studio. Sometimes I make small changes, but the general idea is the same for each shoot.
So there you have it, a fairly basic and easy to setup studio for the truck. I'm sure that as time goes by I'll come up with some creative ideas to mix thing up a bit.