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Small Cheese Plate GSC



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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken at a wonderful little restaurant called Goat Sheep Cow North in Charleston SC.
Time
Around 11:30 am.
Lighting
Although I am typically a lover of flash photography, when shooting food I prefer to use natural light whenever possible. So we chose a table next to a large picture window to take advantage of the beautiful soft light poring through this particular day.
Equipment
This photo was taken with my Nikon D750 with my 24-120 lens. I used only the available window light and a white bounce card for fill.
Inspiration
My friend Sarah and I are both photographers and happen to love trying new and different restaurants. We also love shooting food! Every month or so we pick a new place for lunch, show up early to hopefully find a window table and proceed to order the most interesting selection of food from the menu...all so we can't get beautiful shots and possibly include them in a blog post. Oh, and we also get to eat AMAZING food when we're done ;)
Editing
I always do my post processing in Lightroom. This image didn't need much I adjusted the highlights and shadows a bit and cropped it to a square format.
In my camera bag
I usually have my D750 and/or my D500 camera bodies as well as an array of Nikon lenses, flashes and filters. It really depends on the situation and/or job. In this case I was just having lunch with my friend and we were shooting for fun so my bag was pretty light. One camera body with a macro lens, my trusty 24-120 lens, a white card for bounce and my SB900 flash (just in case we couldn't get near a window).
Feedback
I find that food tends to look more appetizing when I shoot using natural light so remember that a window table is your friend. Use bounce, whether it is a white napkin or a menu or even if you just carry a piece of folded white cardboard in your bag. A little bounce can completely transform any photo. Try lots of different angles because you never know which one will be the one until you are editing. Give yourself wiggle room....meaning in the framing. You can always crop in on a photo but adding something where there is nothing can be daunting in the best circumstances and even downright impossible at times. Most of all just have fun and don't be afraid to try different things. What works for one person doesn't always work for another.

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