06. Duck legs confit with potato gratin and mushrooms

For this shot we orientate the camera to a more direct plan view. The reasons for doing so will be made clear in this module and Anya explains her styling for different camera positions and dishes.


  1. These live shows are more educational even than regular courses for me, i can see the trial and errors about shaping the light. It would be amazing to see some about other products!
    Thanks again Karl !

  2. But would editing the Canon photo through sharpness and tone curve bring it closer to the Hasselblad.
    Another great learning video. Thank you Karl.

    1. Hi Anne, yes it would but of course the better the original image to begin with then the more efficient you can be. Many pro’s shoot with 35mm such as Canon and Nikon too and as you will see in the other food tutorials we used the Canon, but medium format will of course be an improvement just in the same way back in the days of film we used medium format film cameras for the same reasons.

  3. Hi Karl,
    3 Make-up Mirrors 15x are fine?
    Maybe you told that in the video but I have some problem with English…
    Thank you in advance!

  4. Which dimensions usually have the backgrounds and surfaces (pink, black and grey) that you use like table?

    Thank you Karl.

  5. Thank you Karl!
    Which Scrimms are you using and which thickness most of them have for this kind of diffuse light.

    All the best Michael

  6. That was a great tutorial, thank you both! It was very informative and sometimes funny 🙂 (but sometimes even terrifying when you Karl were balancing on your ladder)
    Please answer some questions:
    1. Is that picture from Canon or Hasselblad?
    2. Did you have to clean that smudge on the plate seen on 21.33 ? If yes- on post or during preparation?
    3. I liked the effect of scrim and watching preparation stage I’ve noticed that baking paper looks like that scrim. So if I have no scrim do you think I can use baking paper instead? Will the effect be similar or at least close to it? (I mean white parchment paper)

    1. Hi Anna,
      1. I did on both, I think the final one on my Hasselblad is the one on my website.
      2. We must of cleaned it as I don’t remember having to retouch one?
      3. Tracing paper will work, baking paper will probably give a false colour and I think it is too patchy.

  7. I thoroughly enjoyed this session. I never knew how much goes into this type of photography from the prep to the shoot. I’m glad you showed the differences between the hasselblad and the canon. You can really appreciate the quality of hasselblad with the comparison. The use of those things and the card to control the light pockets was very impressive.


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