Saturday, October 12, 2013
A Food Photographer I Am Not....
Today's challenge is, well you guessed it, food photography. I have to admit this is not something I ever give a thought to really. I've only taken a handful of food shots and none of them are all that inspiring.
The lighting in my house is pretty much zelch so if I do choose to shoot something it has to be in the early noon hours and then the window of time to get it done is very small.
I decided to look through my photos to see if there was anything AT ALL worthy of the challenge. Well, not really. I did try to shoot a peach cobbler I made last night. I just wasn't feeling it so I gave up.
So, I found this one of some fruit I had pulled together to juice. However, once I opened the photo I realized that it and the subsequent photos I'd taken along with it were all slightly out of focus. I decided to give it a go and try to edit into something. What a mess. Oh the frustration. As I was doing all the editing it started to get the feel of an old cookbook photo from the 70's or so. Have you flipped through old cookbooks lately? Talk about bad photography...gee wheez...and to think some of those were really 'well done' at the time. In a strange way that actually gave me hope.
To begin with here is the totally unedited photo:
See, not much to work with. Instead of trying to keep all the fruit in the pic and having to do major editing to get the toaster and the wall out of the picture I decided to crop in close. This is where you can tell it was not in focus very well.
Because I'm a total goofball I wasn't even thinking of showing the actual steps so I didn't save the psd file. (why would I save it? it's a lousy picture). Here's what I did in a nutshell. I cropped in, and then did the regular photoshop auto adjustments to color/tone etc. Then I opened up Alien Skin. After skimming through several settings I found one that gave it a really retro cookbook look and settled on it. Even though it is out of focus I was able to use one of the sharpening settings in AS to bring it a little more in focus. The problem when you use one of the sharpening settings is it gives your photos a little bit of a harsh feeling. That's actually when it started to look 'retro'. After doing that it was just a matter of finding a tone that I liked. I ended up using Kodacolor (1942-1953).
To redeem myself a little bit. Here is an actual sort of good pic I did for a previous post called "Ode to a Carrot Cake" The shots for it turned out pretty good. Hop on over and check out the rest on that post.