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Food Photography: Food Levitation

Anett Elek

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8 Lessons (21m)
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About This Class

What I am going to show you in this course does not require a photo studio, you can do it at home, as a DIY project. I will be using natural light for most of the pictures and will show you how you can effect the outcome with flash light. We will talk about settings and at the end we will discuss some editing options, what I am using for smartphone or when I am editing my image on the computer.


1. 1: what I'm going to show you in this course does not require a photo studio. You can do it at home. It's a D I Y project. I will be using natural light for most of the pictures, and we'll show you how you can affect the outcome. With flashlight, we will talk about settings, and at the end we will discuss some editing options. What I'm using for smartphone or when I'm editing my image of the computer, for whom is this course? I recommend this course for those people who are interested to give a little kick toe their food images to boost their social media feed. I would like to challenge themselves with new things. Basically, in this video teaching course, I'm going to show you a food levitation quick and easy how I do it. So let's do this. See you inside the course 2. 2: Hi. I'm glad you enrolled. Let me introduce myself. My name is Annette and I will be your teacher in this food levitation course here on scare share. I begin my photographic career in 2008. And since I have enjoyed shooting, I should. For those in multiple genres of photography, there are so many things I love to shoot. Many are radically different from the other. Yes, we know, for the rappers have their own view of the world And they also love different aspect of photography. I am not restricting myself to titles. I shoot whatever seems appealing. See you in the next chapter. 3. 3: finding the right spot to shoot. Using natural light is crucial. Light is a key factor to create a successful image. It determines brightness, darkness, tone and mood. Some like can be the best light, but it also matters what time of the day you are shooting the use of available like may pose. A challenge for a photograph for the available light is too harsh. Try defusing it. You can simply kanga sheer white curtain over the window too soft on the uneven life. Your window should be large enough to fully like your object or model in the room. Once you're set up is complete. Make sure you are able to move around comfortably. If you are using studio light, location and time does not really matter. Also, make sure if you have another conditional in the apartment, you switch it off. Believe me, you do not want those food pieces you put carefully on the wires to be blown away. 4. 4: Now I'm going to show you what equipment I have been using for this project. You will need the lights than actually, too. But if you do not have one, try to use chairs. The next one is optional clamps. It might be useful. The next thing will be a dental flows, fishing line or steel wire. It is again up to you. You just need something to build your layers with Caesar and again. This is optional cardboard, black or white, or any big paper. What, you have no blood. Papers will brought the light from the window. White ones were Barnes. Back onto your subject. Lighten up the darker parts. You can buy a five in one reflector, which is highly recommended for your future project in photography. If you shoot individual portrait or smaller product photography or want more portable option, you can go a little on the smaller side. Silver can increase highlights in here. The high contrast image great for video product shorts or black and white photography goes produces a neutral golden warm field that is great for sunsets or indoor portrait. Why produces an even neutral color bounce slide that works beautifully? A Sophy Light source. Black is used us Affleck toe, block, light or can be used to sub struck like translucent fabric is used to diffuse light, producing a broad light source. In the soft effect, you can simply use the bedrooms off your kitchen or room. Depends where, he said, your mini studio. So what else? We're going to use a tripod and the camera and going to use is a Canon 700 D with the 50 millimeter lands. When I will take the photos with the flesh, I will use one speed light. Mine is very simple. One from Insignia on Adjustable Shoe Mount Umbrella bracket This Mount ALS the flesh to be affixed to the standard light stand in case you will place your speed light on the stand. A fresh triggered transmitter plus a receiver. I will use the flesh so books from insignia on my speed light. It is perfect for feeling or soft in the harsh light 5. 5: first, let's see the kidney slices. Yes, you can see I tied the dental flows to the stands, and I claim them just to make sure I prepared here two layers. But you can prepare this money issue wish. Now we are ready to cut our kitty in three pieces. One. Slice off the food lies on the bedroom, the other two on the wires. Make sure that there is enough space between the wires. Gravitation will pull down your object because it has a mess, and the size of the pool depends on the messes off your object. My set up is next to the window. Yes, it can be seen. The available light heats my subject from the back. Let's talk about the camera settings now, when everything is all set, you are ready to take action with your camera. Place your camera or phone on your tripod. Make sure your subject is sharp on the image. I like to use live view and manual focus on the upper right corner on your camera. You can set the Sharper's. Just click on the plus sign to zoom into the picture, just sharpness and you're all set in which more, you should take the picture. My recommendation is manual mode. Many people are afraid to use manual mode on their DSLR, but once you get familiar with it, you will realize that it is not as complex. Issue my thing. If you control the exposure, it means that you control the amount off available light. So in manual mode you control everything all the sad things to achieve the desired image. So your camera is a tribal and you are using manual mode, said your eyes so slow us possible to avoid noise on the photograph. The higher is that I saw. The more grain will appear on the image. Okay, now let's talk about using the South timer when I'm shooting object and I next to the camera. I still were set the timer most of the time, at least for two seconds, just to make sure I avoid any shakiness. If you own a remote control, that is even better. Let's say you decide that you would like to be in the picture with your floating subjects as someone toe help you or set timer for 10 seconds in. Just run for the final results. You have to have two good pictures. One, we'd only the background. No wires, no floating food. The second with the wires and the fruits. I highly recommend to use manual mode again. If you have to take two images from the same thing without changing any settings on your camera, the next set up will be a sandwich. This time, As you can see, I place my table away from the window so my subject will get the light from the side. I place the fruit plate in one corner off the table, in some cutlery in the other. This is a really simple set up. Please feel free to use your creativity and place items around the table to your liking that the two light stands with the dental floats. I prepared three layers, two slices of bread and the meat Betty in the sandwich project. I included myself in the final results, so I said the timer for 10 seconds. In this case, I shot only one picture instead off, too, because it is hard to oppose the same way. To times. It might be harder at everything, but hey, I think it's worth it, and it looks really fun. Now we will play with strawberries. I move my table back to the window so I will get a different light compared to the previous session, I set up my mini studio, cut the strawberry and three pieces and place them on the wires. I was not so satisfied with the light from the window. It was another caused A, which is perfect in general. But the freshly cut strawberry was not shining at all. Now it's time to use the speed life. Yes, I will shoot really close to my subject. I will not need strong life. I decrease the fresh light toe the lowest point. Try out different angles. What works for you? I ended a plight in the strawberries from above and slightly from the back. Don't forget to take two images. One from the background only and one from the Berries. Position your flesh at both pictures at the same place. Let's recap with this soft tortilla bowl. Set up your mini studio on the best location off your home. Where is enough? Available alive. Set up your layers, place your camera on the tripod and set your camera to manual. If you have a nay. See, now is the time to turn it off. Take the pictures with the flying food. Use flesh if you wish. Take the pictures off the set up by ground without the flying food. Now it's the time to see how postproduction can do the magic. 6. 6: Welcome back. We're gonna edit one of the pictures on our smartphone. First off course you can edit a smartphone picture, but I just transferred one off the images to my cell phone to show you how I do it. Let's open the app I'm using for this kind off retouch. I highly recommend to get this up. If you do a lot off object moving in your photography and you use many your smartphone, it's called Thatcherite Touch. It wasn't free, maybe $5. But if you want something similar for free, there is another app. The name is remove unwanted content for touch retouch razor. But now let's get back to our I will open my gallery and select the photo I wish to modify . I'm going to choose the tortilla bowl first. I will try to work with the quick repair tool. Sometimes the same thing does not work for the same picture, so you just have to try out all the possibilities. If you want to adjust the size of the brush, you can do it down and right hand corner. It is really cool that you can see in the upper left corner in the bubble. How close you can get to your subject, not toe. Raise a piece off it. You can zoom in as much as 800% which is really helpful in this case. Now I am going to switch to the clone tool that works for me the best when I need to fix the edges. So here is the final result. Not better told. Don't forget that we're working on a cell phone in tow. Achieve something like that without for the shop for me. Still quite impressive. You can share or save the image, and if you want, you can add some filters. A swell. But for that I'm using another act like be a CEO or light from C C on my phone, or simply just add it further in Instagram. 7. 6: now we had in the editing section. First, let's see the razor tool. That's the definition. I would say it raises certain parts of the image. It can be found in the tools. Paret. Do you remember I mentioned to take to picture at the previous lessons, one off the plane background in the other off the set up. Now you're going toe open both images by going to file open. Select your images. We are going toe. Place the set up image on the top off the background image. Make sure it lines perfectly. I check it out by decreasing the opacity off the top layer by 50% so I can see if the second layer is perfectly on the top off the first layer. Once it is perfectly on the top, increase the opacity back 200%. Now click on the race, it'll and start to arrange the wires. You can change the opacity off the tool by clicking here at the upper left corner. It will nicely disappear and the first layers background will appear. You can change the hardness or softness off your brush to okay. If the wires are in the food, you can't use the razor tool because the fruit will disappear. A swell. We will combined the spot healing brush toe with the clone tool in the razor to so that we're done with the razor to we will emerge to image in tow one and safe. Give it another name. So you still will keep the original files, Close it and open now the new one and use the clone tool or the spot healing brush tool to make the picture perfect. - Now we're gonna edit with the patch tool here we are going to use one single layer or image. What we shut off our floating objects. It can be found in your tools palette. This tool right here. If you can't see, just hold your mouse button down than it will show up. So what's the patch tool you're able to sample on area off the image and apply on the top off another area that you want to correct? That's exactly what we are willing to do. Now. Make a selection around the area that you want to fix, and then just drag it toe on area, which you want the sample area to be, and then let it go. Yes, you can see the dental floss is completely gone. At this editing method, Vegetable works hand in hand with the clone stamp tool in the spot healing brush tool. Obviously, the less destruction going on at the background, the easier and faster you can clean up your image. 8. 7: we reached our final section, the class project. I would like you to applaud your assigned project, which is a food levitation. In our case, I will be offering feedback and please feel free to leave feedback to each other. A swell. Thank you so much for taking my course. Hope you've learned something today. If you have any question, leave them on the common Bored. I tried to reply to each one off us soon as I can. And the most important thing is to have fun while you prepare and shoot your floating objects and merge them into something unusual. Thank you once again.