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Practice - Morning Coffee

Lesson 10 from: Food Photography: Capturing Food in Your Kitchen

Philip Ebiner, Will Carnahan

Practice - Morning Coffee

Lesson 10 from: Food Photography: Capturing Food in Your Kitchen

Philip Ebiner, Will Carnahan

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Lesson Info

10. Practice - Morning Coffee

Lesson Info

Practice - Morning Coffee

OK, so Phil made us a nice cup of coffee and let's take a look at it and I think here we wanna try and tell the story of coffee or kind of where coffee comes from or the fact that it's a liquid out of coffee beans. Um So maybe let's grab some coffee beans, some napkins, see what we can do. All right. So I put some coffee beans in this little bowl. Let me put this here and then we've got the roasted bag these came from maybe, maybe let's put a little bit on the, on the wood, see how that looks. That might look cool if we just spread some out a little bit. I mean, it's all about really texture and kind of finding some detail um in it, they kind of get lost in the wood a little bit. So I don't know, we'll see how it looks and then um maybe we'll put the bowl near it. So it kind of looks like they cover. Yeah, that looks a little bit better share that space a little bit there. Coffee and then let's let's leave the bag out here. Maybe we can put this out of focus in the background. I don't ...

really want to advertise for these guys, but here we go, my shot will be there. Take a look. Maybe I'll send it a little bit. I still see the bag but let's just see if it will be out of focus. I think that looks good. Maybe let's add like a napkin here. I got one of our green napkins kind of matches the color of the bag. Actually, how fortuitous kind of like a morning coffee coffee thing. Again, it all really depends on like your style and how you wanna present your, your food and your drinks looks nice. Looks fun. So yeah, I'm happy with that again. All stuff that we found here very easy, very quick looks professional. Let's take our shots. So I'm gonna go ahead. We've lost a bit of light because it's later in the day, the bounce isn't hitting that building outside quite as much. So I'm adjusting my settings a little bit. We'll do our 45 degree. That looks nice. I think it's a little, it's a little harder to contrast you wise because the coffee beans are so dark. So because it's so dark, I'm gonna start with the white bounce. We're getting some more white bounce to fill in those shadows and because the coffee beans are kind of dark, it's kind of brightening those up and it's also adding a little reflection on the coffee itself great. So you can tell that the white bounce filled in quite a bit here. I'll switch it out and put the negative fill. So you can kind of see the difference with the same settings. Ok? So here's with our negative fill our black card. I'm gonna go ahead and take a shot, same camera settings, same composition ish. Let's take a look. So you can see the white, white plus thing is adding in quite a bit of, of light and it's really getting rid of the shadows and you can see the beans and it's a nice bright cup of coffee. The white, you kind of lose yourself in because it's so bright. The negative fill looks kind of nice early morning uh coffee. Although we do lose detail in some of the blacks in the, in the beans where you can kind of fix that in editing and Phil will show you a little bit of that later. But the real cool idea is that you have options, you can change your style, figure out what best works for you. So let's maybe simplify the setting a little bit and let's see what a different style might look like. Let's simplify, take some stuff out, let's take out the plate, let's take out the bag, let's maybe even just turn the cup a little bit, maybe stylize these beans just a little bit more. I like that, but I really don't like the Nappy very much. I think it's kind of taken away from the simplicity of it. Let's bring this closer so we can see the background, lets light come on the little beams. It's ok. I mean, it's a different, it's a different sort of thing. Maybe let's try rotating this and let's put the beans on this side where the light's hitting and fill it in between. Maybe that'll add a little bit more really just about playing with what you've got seeing what you like the most. Now that we've got our lighting set up here and that's nice. I pull this a little bit forward so we can check the background. Awesome. And let's see what that looks like with our white card real quick. Now we got the white card adding Phil getting rid of the shadows a little brighter, a little more Starbucks a little brighter. And again, you can tell the difference between the fill and the neg and the contrast versus a bright image. Let me just go around and uh and do our other kind of angles and shots and show you some details and then we'll move on to the next one. Explains a liar. So these close up shots, I'm doing the detail shots. I'm using the black negative fill. So you can kinda see more shadows and more detail in the cup and the beans also, you can see the wood is still maintaining its texture. Um I'm gonna do some vertical detail shots of the beans.

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