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#1 Sailjunkie

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Posted 15 November 2018 - 01:02 AM

This week's Project 52 Assignment was A Cook's Kitchen.  The idea was to shoot either a cook or their "world famous" recipe.  However, if we chose the recipe, we had to show the cook's involvement by showing hands. 

 

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I can tell you that this is easier said than done.  Deciding on a composition was easy, and Angela graciously agreed to provide a pair of hands.  Lighting it, however, is something else.  I ended up using my 2 GODOX strobes; a Yongnuo speed light; a Westcott Octabox; a 5-in-1 flash diffuser; a white fill card; several scrims and light stands.  Our living room got so crowded that there was barely enough room for Angela.  It was shot at

 

ISO 64

24-70 @ 38mm

f11

1/125 sec.

 

The end result was worth it.  Don liked the shot.  His only suggestions were that if I wanted to reduce the light to camera right even more, a black flag card would do it.  Also, if I wanted to crop the tomatoes, I could do it because the cucumber was already partially cropped.

 

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Posted 15 November 2018 - 10:49 AM

Nicely done! I can see that the pre shot prep could take some time and though, again well done.

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Posted 15 November 2018 - 10:54 AM

I think outside of light tweaks, your doing really good.

 

Suggestion: And, I'm surprised that it hasn't come up yet. All of your shot for the most part has a downward look. camera in some form and degree, is above the subject. What I suggest is the camera (in this case) square to the cutting board. Put an apron of some sort on your model. You can still cut off most of the models body and keep the hands in play. Also, you wouldn't have to worry about cutting off some of the vegges, and they would be in the frame. And if you wanted to get tight, you can and the same would apply to what don said. It would make a more interesting composition. Same principle as getting down to eye level on kids portraits. Now, I'm not saying every shot needs to be square. But, you need to investigate different angles for presentations, as I noticed all your samples thus far basically have the same look. Just my two cents.


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Posted 15 November 2018 - 02:33 PM

I think outside of light tweaks, your doing really good.

 

Suggestion: And, I'm surprised that it hasn't come up yet. All of your shot for the most part has a downward look. camera in some form and degree, is above the subject. What I suggest is the camera (in this case) square to the cutting board. Put an apron of some sort on your model. You can still cut off most of the models body and keep the hands in play. Also, you wouldn't have to worry about cutting off some of the vegges, and they would be in the frame. And if you wanted to get tight, you can and the same would apply to what don said. It would make a more interesting composition. Same principle as getting down to eye level on kids portraits. Now, I'm not saying every shot needs to be square. But, you need to investigate different angles for presentations, as I noticed all your samples thus far basically have the same look. Just my two cents.

 

Point well taken.  My tripod's centre column can do that, and I briefly tried having the camera point straight down.  Only problem was that Angela would have had the camera right in her face (I was already testing her patience :wub: ).  I decided that, for this time, "Happy wife; happy life".   Everyone took different approaches to this assignment; and some folks did exactly as you suggest, with excellent results.  Stay tuned.  :)


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Posted 15 November 2018 - 02:35 PM

Nicely done! I can see that the pre shot prep could take some time and though, again well done.

 

Thank you, Jim. You are spot on about pre shot prep time.   :)


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Posted 15 November 2018 - 02:44 PM

I didn't mean straight down from the top. in front level with the cutting board. sort of like this; http://www.planetnik...showtopic=21875


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Posted 16 November 2018 - 01:18 PM

I didn't mean straight down from the top. in front level with the cutting board. sort of like this; http://www.planetnik...showtopic=21875

 

Got it.  Several of my classmates shot from that perspective.  Thanks, Dennis.  :)


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