04. Ginger & Lime Tea Shoot Technically this isn’t even a food shot but it will be beautiful none the less. This example is Anya’s shot and it looks great but Karl says he’s going to also try an alternative lighting setup! Comments September 1, 2017 Log in to Reply Kirk Candlish Very nice. Styling is everything. In my experience that’s a universal truth for good product photography. September 1, 2017 Log in to Reply Karl Taylor Totally agree, many of the lighting setups were very simple even with my ‘tweaks’ on the berries shoot. September 6, 2017 Log in to Reply Lal Nallath Absolutely brilliant…loved the whole process for a simple Ginger Lime tea…to make it really classy..excellent support from Karl..the highlights on the pot and the tea cup is mind blowing…i will try this on my shoots now…thanks Karl & Anna September 14, 2017 Log in to Reply Karl Taylor Thanks Lal. September 7, 2017 Log in to Reply Christina Leth Love seeing how you worked with the lights and mirrors! Will you be going over how you composed these two images in PS and what other edit you did? September 14, 2017 Log in to Reply Karl Taylor Hi Christina, yes I will in the coming months but the same basic editing tips are covered in our ‘post production’ section. September 7, 2017 Log in to Reply James Ireland Another great tutorial! I’m absolutely loving these food videos. In the food photography videos, the modelling lights of your lighting always seem to be on. Is this purely for the filming so that we can see the process or are you using the constant modelling light to see where highlights etc will be formed like on the honey spoon? September 14, 2017 Log in to Reply Karl Taylor Hi James, yes we left them on to assist filming, It’s always worth taking a test shot without the flash trigger to see if the modelling lights are having an influencing factor on the picture and if they are of course turn them off or turn them to low power. September 9, 2017 Log in to Reply Marcos Sander Another great tutorial! You should pay attention to small details, there’s the difference It’s like a puzzle, the richness of detail gives the photo a touch. Well done! September 11, 2017 Log in to Reply Marco Ribbe Nice work! However, if you’re open to some professional criticism, I would have loved to see the use of Capture One over Lightroom. Its much better raw development engine would have given the colors in this particular shot a more healthy warmth. Imho the shot is too cold and clean and lacks a little soul. Also a little steam from the cup would add a nice touch 🙂 September 17, 2017 Log in to Reply Mark Harris A great video, enjoyed watching the respectful mutual of learning curves of two great photographers working together. But I don’t think we’ll see Mr Taylor cutting up honeycomb any time soon. As I was a chef for twenty years this is definitely a genre that appeals to me and I will be giving it a go this week. You’ve definitely inspired me with this one, thank you. October 2, 2017 Log in to Reply Frank Garvan love the lighting tips . using only one light thanks again Frank Garvan October 11, 2017 Log in to Reply sheril chittothayil great tutorial, love the way you present … October 31, 2017 Log in to Reply Gurushankar Subramanian Wow she is a tough customer 🙂 Enjoyed your back and forth with her. It is much nicer working with someone who is passionate about the shoot and gets involved. At the same time I wouldn’t want to be pushing back a lot with the client (just pretending she is a client). I love how you handled a potential “conflict” w.r.t the background selection. December 26, 2017 Log in to Reply Gary Murray Great tutorial series, I must say I have learned a lot about food and styling. Karl, where do you get those great background boards or are they a DIY item(s) like your custom skrims? Keep up the great work. G. January 3, 2018 Log in to Reply Karl Taylor Hi Gary, yes I think Anna explained that she gets them made at a local woodwork shop. I also find my table tops from second hand furniture stores. February 4, 2018 Log in to Reply Nayef Hussien That was outstanding!! Thank you very much 🙂 April 20, 2018 Log in to Reply Anna Zazdravnaya Hi Karl. You’ve told us that Anna was using gloves not to left fingerprints on glass but here you both were touching glass without gloves. Is it so critical to use gloves or may be you can touch handles or edges but nothing else?)) If you look the photo full size can you see any fingerprints on glass? May 2, 2018 Log in to Reply Karl Taylor Hi Anna, no we just kept the glass clean, by wiping it with a cloth. May 8, 2018 Log in to Reply Rodrigo Giraldo Very good tutorial, I would like to talk more about the parameters of the lights, such as power etc. Thanks! May 11, 2018 Log in to Reply Karl Taylor Hi Rodrigo, I’m afraid I’m going to upset you now because your thinking here is not going to be conducive to productive and creative results in the future. The first thing that you need to be clear on is that even if I gave you the exact power of each light, that without the exact distance or the exact same modifier these mean absolutely nothing. Even if we measured the light falling on the subject with a light meter, the inaccuracies of reflective surfaces or the angle of the light meter would mean that they are all just approximations. You need to stop breath and look at the light and examine it based on what you see or more importantly on what you believe or ‘feel’ it should look like. I can look at any raw picture and I can tell you how it was lit or where the key light is coming from and usually what modifier was used. Please go to the portrait section and watch the first 15 chapters on lighting and you will come away with a different perspective that will literally change the way you think about lighting forever. Comments You must be logged in to leave a comment.