Ms. Custer doesn’t hold back when she gives you the step by step instructions on the tricks of her trade. –Which is why I bought the book in the first place.
Most of the books I’ve read on this subject tend to gloss over the physical necessities required to set up the shot. In fact a lot of the authors I’ve read seem to be too busy telling you how wonderful they are to teach you how they do it. –Self promotion has it’s place, but at the end of the day, those are the books I donate to the local library or Goodwill.
She takes the opposite approach. She goes in to great detail on which tools she uses and how she uses them.
There are lots of things in the book on making food look like it’s delicious and not plastic.
She also shows you how to substitute or add ingredients so the product looks good long enough to get the shots.
For instance this is what’s involved in preparing a turkey for it’s close up.
And this is the finished product:
On a side note: When I was helping with a food shoot, we did things like painting partially cooked chickens with strong coffee, so they look perfectly cooked. -Then I would drink what was left. We also put marbles in the soup so it looked thick and creamy.
If you look closely at the TV ads you’ll notice that the soup bowls are brilliant white and very shallow. This gives the same effect as using marbles.
I bought a new Canon 80d camera with an 18-135mm lens.
I know I said, “So tomorrow I’ll go to the park and walk the trail, taking pictures with my little Panasonic and no more than two lenses, then decide if I need to upgrade.” –Well, what can I say? I lied. Once again I talked myself into spending more money than I can realistically afford. Such is life.
I also bought a Tamron 150-600mm. I didn’t even consider the new G2 model, because it was almost twice as much money, nobody had it in stock and I didn’t want to wait.
I know it’s not the best long lens out there, but it’ll do for now. If I decide I really need something higher end I’ll rent it. –At least I’m not spending multiple thousands of dollars on a lens that will wind up living in my closet.
This was handheld at 600mm, f/6.3.
I also got a kit Canon sells that consists of a 50mm f/1.8 and a 10-18mm. Neither are high end lenses and it shows, but with a newer camera I can compensate for the slow speed by bumping the ISO and not lose too much image quality.
This was shot with the 10-18mm at about 15mm and processed using DPP from Canon (it comes with the camera). It’s heavily cropped but still passable. What makes what is at best a mediocre shot worth posting is the small check pattern on his synthetic shirt. It makes most cameras crazy, because it’s one of those shirts that creates a moire pattern no matter what you do, especially under florescent lights. But the new software removed the worst of the moire and kept the photo usable.
What can I say? I’ve got a new toy and will wax poetic about it, right up until I get bored with it. Then it goes on offer-up, so I can afford to buy different stuff.