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Food photography with Shirley O. Corriher.

This is a half a year old photo-shoot, but I would like to share the outcome here, the post is following this ONE. I was not able to release the details of the shot due to a restriction from a client, and now they seems to be OK with it :-)

Shirley Corriher the one of our most enjoyable customers. This time she showed us how to cook. The previous 4 days photoshot was only about the food, and now we did few portraits in the kitchen as well.

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Food photography: Shirley O.Corriher cooking

The lighting setup:

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Lighting setup for a kitchen portrait

As usual, only strobes were used, I still ignoring the ambient light:-) Lighting diagram above should be pretty self-explainable:

BD from the top (1), large strip box from the left (2) to soften shadows a little.
Hair light (3) through 20° snoot on the right behind, as I like it always to be the opposite side from the fill light (which is strip box, I believe :-). Large softbox (4) was used to highlight  the kitchen where needed.

Shirley is amazingly easy person to work with: despite my curvy English we had very effective team work: she know exactly when to look at the camera, when to change a pose and when to wait for me while i adjust my stuff.

Now the biscuit.
Client wanted the image to be  bright and soft, with warm colors. To make it bright, but still full in details (where it needed) I use  several spot lights to highlight each object or group of objects individually. One of the photos:

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Food photography for a newly created brand

Lighting setup for a food photography:

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The lighting setup

Lights by numbers:

  1. This is not a light. This is the place where light is coming: Canon 1Ds Mark III.
  2. 10° spot to highlight the flowers.
  3. 10° snoot for a biscuit (top of it)
  4. Beauty dish, the largest lights source in the whole setup.
  5. 20° spot to highlight glasses with juice.
  6. Strip box for the background.
  7. 10° spot for a biscuit, to enhance the texture of the bread.

Sorry, no light ratio information: I still use my eyes to get what I want :)

Equipment and shooting spec:


   In the Gearbox

Lighting and light modifiers and accessories:


All shots were done with: shutter speed 1/250 sec, F8-F10 depending of the DOF required, ISO 100, Custom WB 5900K


Thanks for reading, let me know if you have something to say:-)

P.S Yesterday I finished DIY battery pack, similar to Vagabond II form Paul C. Buff, and it works amazingly good! Working on the article and DIY video, so stay tuned!

1 responses on "Food photography with Shirley O. Corriher."

  1. Hi, I am very thankfull to you. I am getting very deep knowledge of product photography and all from you. I am intersting in fashion photography also. I am not good at english offcourse but you speak in very simple way so fortunately able to understand you. I want to download the videos but could not find the option. If there is any way to download, please let me know. I shall be very greatfull to you. Thank you.

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