I hope you enjoyed and learned something useful in the above video, here are some key-points I’d like to add.
1) You Can Only Polish A Turd So Much
A turd will always be a turd, no amount of fresh herbs is going to fix that! So start by making sure your subject is presentable.
From a photography perspective, I will always google the dish I’m about to shoot for inspiration, see what other people worldwide have been doing to shine a light on this particular dish. Sometimes I’ll give feedback to the chef beforehand, showing what I’ve found on google. This however doesn’t go down well with all chef’s so be warned!
Having the dish look good is critical to your success, especially when working with limited equipment and experience.
2) The location of your subject.
Whether you’re shooting food, a person talking or any subject, I will look at the environment, backgrounds, and lighting before anything else.
The key rules are, you want to avoid a bright background in almost all cases, at least it must be darker than your main light source. Pick something easy like an actual table, a plain colored wall, or some nature, none of which is being hit with direct light from the sun. (for now)
So say you’re looking at this table, it’s a fairly plain canvas, the main focus should be the dish. The dish now needs light, here it is with the light blocked.
Now here is the same dish with the light from the window.
3) Wield The Power Of The Sun
Another key element of using natural light from the sun… don’t let it hit your subject directly until you understand what you’re doing enough to tame it.
The light from the window is indirect, a nice big soft source that’s pretty much as good as any professional lighting setup.
Now, this window light or big open bright space, like any other light needs aiming, you have to consider the angle of reflection as it bounces back into your camera. This is actually very easy!
Face your subject and imagine there is a line on the left and right of them as if they pointed their arms out to their sides. The light source cannot go behind them, cause then it’s going to be shining into the camera and not onto the face/front of the subject you’re shooting. Lack of light leads to a lack of color and is generally unappealing as you can see in the comparison above.
So if you imagine a clock, you want the light source to be between 4pm and 6pm, or 8pm and 6pm.
You and the camera now have to fit in this same section, without blocking the light source too much.
4) Shooting Angles
Video production and photography often come down to personal preference, and everyone has their own interpretation of what’s beautiful. If you are struggling to find the right article, google the concept you’re going for and see what other people have done.
Get creative! Phones especially are so small and versatile that you can get some super cool shots like these.
5) Editing Your Footage
Today’s social media giants have video editing software built right in! All you need to worry about is capturing that beautiful footage and then depending on if your platform is going to be Tik Tok, Instagram, or Facebook, they have the tools you need to edit and deliver.
Here are some examples of using those tools.
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