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Motion in Restaurant

Lesson 5 from: Story on a Plate: Food Photography & Styling

Todd Porter and Diane Cu

Motion in Restaurant

Lesson 5 from: Story on a Plate: Food Photography & Styling

Todd Porter and Diane Cu

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5. Motion in Restaurant

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Motion in Restaurant

just go ahead. Go for it. I'm gonna be right behind ship. Tell me from in your frame. But no, you're good. If I get a portrait of him, you will be in my frame. Yes. So that's OK. Save these collars ever since you Oh, this is This is where it's happening right here from in your friends. Yeah, you're good. I feel like I'm shooting Cimarusti. That's just that was amazing. Um, the sun's starting to show come through. That's where we don't have to get him breaking on the whole thing. As long as we have something you want to do. Portrait. Now you're gonna talk. Yeah. I don't know. Underneath. Um, no. Yeah. I can crop you out and we do it. I think we're good. We have it. Yeah, that's pretty to that. Cool. Still on a tightness up. Okay, I'm gonna tighten up this freedom position wise. You can You will have a slide. The board I want about this much gap on the other side. Yeah, so we're even casket. It's a cool placement. It can be, but I think it's got enough shadow that it still lists off the ...

white. So the compositions. It still feels really good and really like that. That random cross in the frame. So you're basically gonna walk from here? Just the spacing here. That's it. You want these life? Yeah, sure. That'd be awesome like this, Monica. Okay, just this Within this section, he's going to get that angle, and then we'll Todd shoots the horizontal. I'm gonna shoot vertical detail. Yeah, I think about here. Okay, so we're shooting two angles on motion. Todd's gonna do a direct, um, horizontal on here, but what? He's gonna see it? I'm just kind of illustrate to you what the picture is going to see. Is this really great Stack a pox right behind you. You, Joe, just kind of working. And they were gonna have Monica back and forth to show that activity. And, um, I'm gonna shoot from the single, and then we'll probably do another motion right through here as well. So that way, and then, ideally, I'd love to do emotion on the side. I mean, there's so much potential way gets to hear all day. How's that looking? So he's just setting up scenes, so I want you to stand right here. So That's your limit right there, There. And you're just gonna be like a robot. Okay? Just go back and forth and pretend you have something todo very busy. Pretend you're doing something really busy. Uh, not yet, Not yet. Can you just give me a quick You? A lot. The focus is is Joe. You're the You're the hero on this one. Okay, Okay. You tell him. Okay. Go ahead. Action. Moving group a little faster marker. Okay, Turn normally in a situation. We wouldn't stage it like this cause you guys are actually cooking too, so Okay. I mean, let me know when you go. Let's go. Okay. This is a great black and white shot guy. So we're gonna like, you know, were you wanting motion Blur or we just think this is gonna show motion Blur. So get blur. Okay, well, let me do two cents. Okay, One do one words without Muslim on that. Well, because I've got the one without much of those tight. Ok, that's fine. Go ahead. Just pretend it back. Busy. Just pretend. Turn around here. That's great. So he's It's by in your frame here. No, you're fine. But, um, I am your friend? Your shooting a horse out on this one. So you by Okay, don't move too much. Okay. Um, Joe just kind of blew, because that way I don't see myself in the mirror. Okay? Any time you guys already did. You hear that? Go. My adjusting slower. There's like, this napkin looks the same, don't you give me real quick. Thanks. Okay, Okay. And then go ahead and walk with good pace. Awesome.

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Ratings and Reviews

a Creativelive Student

First, thank you to Diane, Todd and the CreativeLIVE team for a wonderful exploration of "shooting" food with artistry. This course offers the beginner and professional photographer many incites into the world of natural food photography. With some business and lifestyle tips the majority of this course showcases an effective natural shoot style that allows anyone to deliver wonderful images. The strongest point I found useful is to “find a voice” for the story, your images or your client. While I understand “finding the voice” when writing copy it is the realisation that any activity can have its own voice. Your voice can be the style of image you like, the shoes you wear, the books you read, etc. it is not limited to how loud you (or anyone else) shouts. Using general principles and building good habits through practise will allow you (and me) to achieve, not just find, success. The “lighting clock” is a useful shorthand helping communication with clients, producers and peers. The strong emphasis on practise, speed and taking advantage of any appropriate situation both improves productivity and reduces the impact on a client. Last but not the only other gem in this course is the bald (not a joke Todd) fact that any photography business was, is and will always be based on the relationship between the photographer and the client. Building a relationship is the best marketing device any photographer, food stylist, entrepreneur or creative mind can develop. Other courses offered by CreativeLIVE also stress the relationship aspect of good businesses as their best marketing asset. I highly recommend this particular course for lovers of (in no preferred order) food, photography and life. Thank you for reading and I hope you find your voice in all things. FJH...


Diane and Todd are amazing! They've held nothing back when giving the rest of us an honest, detailed look into what it means to be a food photographer. I've seen many seminars on the topic from different companies and photographers and this one is my favourite. I love their no fuss approach to food photography. It leaves me feeling like food photography is manageable without having to fuss with cameras and lighting gear that are outside of my budget. I love that Diane often mentions how there's more to food photography than the plated dish. And Todd is just adorable and has the cutest laugh! They're a fantastic team that are engaging and make it easy to learn from them. Highly recommend purchasing this course!

MAlisa NIcolau

I loved this class and how Todd and Diane taught it. It was very personal and inspiring, with lots of insight and tips. This is not a camera technical class, but more an artistic, motivational and visual food photography learning environment. Their examples on how to set up scenes and stories behind the food and people involved are very enlightening. They gave me a lot of great ideas and hope that I, one day, will become as good of a photographer as they both are. Great team!!!!

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